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5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better., 11 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
This review is on my own behalf, and that of one grandson, one nephew and two godsons. Which in itself tells you why Rick Riordan rocks. He's got boys reading. And his books just keep getting better. We were all blown away by The House of Hades, for so many reasons. The story kicks in hard from the first line and never lets up; it's so exciting it leaves you breathless, none of us were able to put the book down. The descriptions of place are haunting, Riordan really does have a genius when it comes to the spirit of place, all described with his trademark simplicity. So this adventure delivers all any reader could ask of it - faultless plotting, atmosphere, shocks and surprises, just the right loose ends to make you long for the next in the series.

But Riordan has another gift; he knows young people. He knows what they worry about, what scares them, what makes them doubt themselves, what they care about, how they wish they could be. All his characters have an inner life that draws you to them; they may be demigod heroes, but they are recognisably real at heart. Riordan's kind and inclusive compassion for those in personal turmoil really comes to the fore - and the story of Nico di Angelo is the heart-stopper. Nico really does grow up in the most dramatic, honest and honourable way. The scene in which he opens up in front of one of his friends - because for all his friends' sakes he must - is one of the best, and most loving, scenes Riordan has ever written, and in getting it so right he has done a very great service to any young reader who identifies with this troubled yet courageous boy. It's beautifully done. And all the other characters grow just as much, just as bravely. Yet the whole tale is told with the same laugh-till-you-choke humour that made the Percy Jackson books so popular from the first.

So, heart-in-mouth thrilling, scary, funny, full of information, imagination, and the message to keep hoping even when it seems no rational person could. There are weird characters, wild ones, and two unexpected heroes...complete with an awesome cat. So thank you - again! - Rick Riordan, you can officially do no wrong.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2013 12:41:30 GMT
Louisa,

Could you tell me what age group this serie is aimed at, please?
I am wondering whether my 17 year old son might not be too "old" for it...

Many thanks

Eric

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 16:08:32 GMT
Louisa Gray says:
Hi Eric,

Eight of my godchildren have read these books and they are between 8 and 21. The older ones had grown up with the earlier Percy Jackson novels and wanted to know what happens next. They loved both series - 'Percy Jackson and...' (5 books) and 'The Heroes of Olympus:....' (4 books so far, one to come). So I'd say that, while some of the preoccupations of some of the characters might seem a little young for your son, many issues are very much those still bothering young adults his age. If he has a healthy sense of humour, loves a cracking good adventure, particularly if he knows the old Greek myths, he should enjoy this Heroes series. The earlier series was more for children. I'd have read these at seventeen...and I was a greedy reader of the heavyweight classics at the time! My husband (war crimes prosecutor)reads these to wind down from work, and laughs out loud, and most parents of Rick Riordan fans I know read the books before they give them to the kids, just because they can't wait. You'd probably enjoy them yourself.

I hope this helps.

Louisa

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 23:00:23 GMT
Thank you so much for taking the time.

You convinced me: I'll read the books before handing them over! :-)

Kind Regards

Eric
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