The Blood of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus is an American fantasy-adventure novel written by Rick Riordan, based on Greek and Roman mythology. It was released on October 7, 2014, is the fifth and final novel in The Heroes of Olympus series. It is followed by The Hidden Oracle of The Trials of Apollo.

The Blood of Olympus
First edition cover
AuthorRick Riordan
Cover artistJohn Rocco
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Heroes of Olympus
(book 5)
GenreFantasy, mythology, young adult fiction
PublisherDisney-Hyperion Books[1]
Publication date
October 7, 2014[2]
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback), audiobook, e-book
Pages516 (first ed., hardcover)[1]
ISBN978-1-4231-4673-5
OCLC881318207
LC ClassPZ7.R4829 Bl 2014[1]
Preceded byThe House of Hades 
Followed byThe Hidden Oracle
(from The Trials of Apollo) 

The seven demigods of the Prophecy of Seven—Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Jason Grace, Leo Valdez, Piper McLean, Hazel Levesque, and Frank Zhang—go on their final adventure to defeat Gaea/Terra while Nico di Angelo, Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano, and Coach Gleeson Hedge attempt to bring the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood in order to prevent a war between the Roman and Greek demigods.[3] The novel is narrated in third-person, alternating between the points of view of Jason, Piper, Leo, Reyna, and Nico, making it the first time in the series that someone other than one of the seven demigods of the prophecy is the viewpoint character.[2]

Plot

Taking place after the events of the previous novel, Jason, Piper, and Annabeth disguise themselves with Hazel's Mist to infiltrate Odysseus' home in Ithaca, where Gaea's/Terra's resurrected souls are gathering. They learn that Gaea's army does not plan to invade Mount Olympus as expected, but the Acropolis in Athens, where most of them have gathered. Since the Gulf of Corinth is heavily fortified and guarded by the army, the demigods decide they have no choice but to circle the whole Peloponnese to reach Athens. When Michael Varus, one of the souls, recognizes the demigods' deception, he forces Jason to confront his mother's insane spirit, whom Jason rejects, and mortally wounds Jason. As Jason recuperates, the three demigods use Odysseus' marriage bed to summon Juno who tells them to seek Nike at Olympia and reach out to Artemis and Apollo, both of whom have been banished by Zeus. At Olympia, Percy, Leo, Hazel, and Frank are forced to participate in Nike's deadly Olympic Games, capture and detain her. Coerced, she reveals that one of them is destined to die, and that he needs the Physician's Cure to survive, a cure that consists of Pylosian mint, the heartbeat of the chained god, and the curse of Delos.

Frank obtains the first ingredient from his shapeshifter relatives in Pylos. Piper and Annabeth obtain the second ingredient, the Makhai, from a chained Ares statue in the temple of Phobos and Deimos by defeating Mimas at the temple of Ares in Sparta. While sailing through the Aegean Sea, a violent storm hits the Argo II, which Percy and Jason discover to be caused by Kymopoleia, a daughter of Poseidon who is working with Polybotes. Jason convinces Kymopoleia to switch sides and they together kill Polybotes; in return, he swears to become a Pontifex Maximus after the war. After reaching Mykonos, Leo, Frank, and Hazel meet with Artemis and Apollo at Delos where, with Leo's offering, Apollo gives them the third ingredient, the cursed aster. He also reveals that his son Asclepius is able to make the physician's cure and is at Epidaurus. Leo tells Hazel and Frank about his plan to sacrifice himself and defeat Gaia/Terra, to later inject himself with the cure. Meanwhile, Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano, Nico di Angelo, and Coach Hedge shadow-travel to Camp Half-Blood with the Athena Parthenos. At Évora, they are attacked by Lycaon and his aides, whom they defeat and shadow-travel to San Juan, Reyna's homeland. Reyna is captured by the Hunters of Artemis, who are working together with the Amazons, led by Reyna's sister, Hylla. The giant, revealed to be Orion, appears and massacres both the Hunters and the Amazons. Reyna, Nico, and Hedge shadow-travel to South Carolina. Reyna reveals she killed her father's insane spirit before Nico and Hedge while secretly being spied upon by Bryce Lawrence, a legacy who was once exiled from New Rome by Reyna before being reinstated by Octavian. He tries to execute Reyna for patricide but is turned into a ghost by a furious Nico.

Arriving at Camp Half-Blood with the help of Pegasus and several of his brethren, Nico and Hedge head out to the camp while Reyna, who is confronted by Orion, manages to kill him with the help of her mother Bellona, and Athena. Reyna reveals the Athena Parthenos, ending the warfare and rivalry. Meanwhile, the demigods head to the Acropolis and battle the army of giants, whom they kill with the help of the gods, after their split personalities are healed by the return of Athena Parthenos. However, the Giants are able to injure Percy and Annabeth, whose blood wakes Gaia/Terra. Gaia/Terra rises and begins to attack the camp. The seven demigods, transported by Zeus/Jupiter, arrive and battle Gaia/Terra. Piper charmspeaks Gaia/Terra to sleep, and Leo sacrifices himself with the help of a newly-revived Festus while blasting Gaia/Terra with fire, which, coupled with an onager attack that Octavian launched with him, destroying Gaia/Terra. The camps celebrate their victory together at Camp Half-Blood. Nico decides to reside in Camp Half-Blood and also reveals his crush to Percy but decides he has moved on. Jason, having been made a Pontifex, plans to visit Camp Jupiter occasionally to make offerings. Percy and Annabeth also plan to move to Camp Jupiter to attend college after they graduate from high school. Meanwhile, Leo, who was thought to be dead, is revived by the physician's cure. He arrives at Ogygia to pick up Calypso. No longer bound to her curse, Calypso and Leo leave into the unknown to seek adventure.

Characters

Release

The Blood of Olympus was released on October 7, 2014 in both hardcover and eBook formats. Disney announced that in the first printing, there were 3 million copies printed.[3]

Critical reception

The Blood of Olympus received mixed reviews. While some praised Riordan's writing, as well as the inclusion of two additional POVs, some doubts were expressed over certain loose ends. According to Kirkus Reviews, "The satisfyingly cataclysmic showdowns yield to peaceful resolution at last; here's hoping it holds this time."[4]

References

  1. "The blood of Olympus". LC Online Catalog. Library of Congress (lccn.loc.gov). Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  2. "The Blood of Olympus". Rick Riordan Official Website. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  3. "Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces 3 Million-Copy First Printing of Rick Riordan's THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS". Broadway World. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  4. "THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS". Kirkus Reviews. October 19, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
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