The Blood of Olympus Book Review

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Caroline Albacete ‘17 and Eva Lucchino ‘15, Arts and Entertainment Editor and Editor-in-Chief

SPOILER ALERT!!  If you have any intention to read this book and have not yet done so, then read no further.

 

Oh Rick Riordan, you enchanted us with Percy Jackson and the Olympians and wrenched out our hearts throughout The Heroes of Olympus, but now our mythological journey is all over.  The Blood of Olympus (BoO) was one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2014, and while its plot left something to be desired, it did not disappoint when it came to character development.

For the seven heroes of the prophecy, saving the world is as commonplace as getting an education, especially when the worst of the primordial goddesses, Gaea, is attempting to wake from her slumber and destroy the world.  BoO is the conclusion to this epic quest filled to the brim with adventure, sacrifice, friendship, and romance.  There are no complaints about said topics, but the novel did not pack the same emotional punch as its predecessors.  One disappointment was the lack of any narration from the perspectives of Percy and Annabeth, the two characters that have been constants in both series.  Not only did they not get any narration, but throughout the other books in The Heroes of Olympus series, Percy’s fatal flaw was mentioned again and again, but the point was never resolved satisfactorily (or at all).  The ending did not seem realistic either because none of the major characters died, which, while awesome, is not representative of the incredibly dangerous life of a demigod.  Throughout the book, it is hinted that Leo will sacrifice himself, which he does, but he is saved by a potion that brings him back to life!  Thus, removing the aspect of sacrifice from his death.

The book did feature two spectacular women of color, the only two characters who got anything done. Reyna, a Hispanic demigod from the Roman Camp Jupiter, is tasked with ending a war between the Greek and Roman campers. She sets out devoted to that task and accomplishes it If ending the war between the two camps isn’t enough, she also fights a giant, earns the respect of Athena (which is no easy feat), and meets Lord Pegasus, all while never losing her cool.  The sister-brother bond that Reyna develops with Nico, the lonely demigod she travels with, is heartwarming and reflective of her sensitive interior, which she disguises underneath her strong exterior.  Piper, a Native American demigod and one of the seven children of the prophecy, single-handedly turns the tide of the battle against Gaea. Earlier in the book, she devises a plan to retrieve something needed for the life potion when fear incapacitates Annabeth, the brains of the operation.  Piper comes into her own and gives the children of Aphrodite a new name and reputation for being able to kick butt, despite what stereotypes the other campers might attach to them.  She helps lead the battle to save the world and creates a strong bond with the other demigods, thus turning herself into everybody’s favorite half-blood. The development of Reyna and Piper turn the otherwise not-exactly-outstanding story into an interesting read. After all, the characters are more important than the plot.

As the last book in an epic series, BoO falls short plotwise. However, it’s still worth the read for the the complex, three-dimensional characters, especially the women. BoO might not be everything we hoped for, but it still is a pleasant conclusion that tugs at the heartstrings.