The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan is the fifth and final book in the Heroes of Olympus saga. In this book the seven demigods of the prophesy finally have their confrontation with Gaea. I listened to it in audiobook format – perfect for a sick day from work where you don’t feel like doing much.
If you enjoyed the previous books, it’s very likely you will like this one, too. It’s more of the same, with resolution of lots of plotlines. It seems this is the final book in Percy’s world, at least for some time – Riordan is moving onto a series on Norse mythology (sign me up for that asap) – so it is nice to get some closure on these characters with whom we have spent five and in many cases 10 books.
What I liked
The writing style. A Rick Riordan novel can be characterised as a mixture of humour and adventure, and Blood of Olympus is no different. I often found myself chuckling out loud at a particularly amusing turn of phrase. Riordan’s books are definitely a quick, fun read.
The resolution. Riordan resolved the main conflicts efficiently and pretty much as predicted, throwing in a few character resolutions in as well. I particularly enjoyed Nico’s and Leo’s character arcs. There is some suggestion of what the future might hold for our favourite demigods, although sadly there are no more books to see if they are able to follow through with their plans. As the main character of the new Norse series has the same surname as one of the Percy Jackson series main characters, maybe there will be some crossover.
The narration. Nick Chamian did the narration for Blood of Olympus. I enjoyed it, but would characterise it as proficient rather than awesome.
What I didn’t like
Lack of narrative tension. Despite the fact that this is the last book in the series and the fact that at least one death was prophesied, there was no point at which I actually felt one of my much loved characters might not make it. Admittedly, the series is aimed at younger readers which might explain this.
Efficiency rather than brilliance. Throughout the Heroes of Olympus series, Riordan has been laying the foundations for this final conflict with Gaea, and it followed pretty closely the pattern he set. There are no unexpected twists or turns at this stage in the game. Most of the heavy lifting in terms of character development has also been done by this point.
So in summary, while I enjoyed Blood of Olympus, I didn’t love it. I gave it three and a half stars out of five.