Rick Riordan – Blood of Olympus

Though the Greek and Roman crew members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen – all of them – and they’re stronger than ever.

The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over . . .

I’ve made many mistakes in my reading life but none as bad as entering a multi-book series in book 5… So when I was reading this:

“Legion, cuneum formate!’ Reyna yelled. ‘Advance!’ Another cheer on Jason’s right as Percy and Annabeth reunited with the forces of Camp Half-Blood.

‘Greeks!’ Percy yelled. ‘Let’s, um, fight stuff!’ They yelled like banshees and charged.

Jason grinned. He loved the Greeks. They had no organization whatsoever, but they made up for it with enthusiasm.”

I could at best raise an eyebrow and think WTF am I reading? It’s like walking into a movie half way through. All the characters are set, the plot is already on its way and I’m just sitting there trying to think what everyone is doing and where they are going.

The writing – in its short and no-nonsense style is also making things harder to understand. I need more descriptions! More context! Where is Peter Straub when you need him?

“Percy pulled Annabeth close and kissed her…long enough for it to get really awkward for Piper, though she said nothing. She thought about the old rule of Aphrodite’s cabin: that to be recognized as a daughter of the love goddess, you had to break someone’s heart. Piper had long ago decided to change that rule. Percy and Annabeth were a perfect example of why. You should have to make someone`s heart whole; that was a much better test.”

All in all, considering that it is a Teen Read, it is the 5th book in a series, I must say it was OK-ish. I won’t add it to the burn pile yet, as I’ll give it the benefit of a doubt. But I will place it in the abandoned pile until I read book 1-4.

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