This was a stunning conclusion to The Heroes of Olympus series. The ending was really nice, especially the part with Nico and Will 😂 The final battle and conclusion was everything I like in Riordan's books. So many people worked together. Super fun to read. Tied up so many loose ends and set up for Trials of Apollo. Also, pretty hardcover.
Well, let's just say The Blood of Olympus as a book was okay. Not bad and not good. But as series, I feel it's incomplete. Many reasons for that. Foremost is to overshadow one of the most highlighted character all of a sudden. I mean look at the whole series, Percy and Annabeth have been quite active participants in the happenings of the events. And suddenly in the last installment, they are almost nowhere involved. Keeping aside the favouritism for these two characters, then too it's quite a weird feeling I got after reading TBO.
I feel somewhat cheated by the kind of hype that was created surrounding Percy and Annabeth about the Big Sacrifice, his fatal flaw being a hindrance, Annabeth creating trouble for Percy, Mars's warning to Frank about Percy's fatal flaw and Frank would be the one to keep Percy under check, Gaea every other moment talking in Percy's head calling him his favourite pawn. He being the most important and all. All these were either edited or said in the other way. But definitely, it was not like the way it was hyped.
On the contrary, in the complete book, Percy is shown either feeling guilty through the lessons he learnt from his time in tartarus or taking a back seat. I mean c'mon... we are talking about Percy Jackson, throughout the series whether in Olympian series or this series, I've never seen him being so very much out of action. This is not so Percy. Not his character.This is I'm just talking about Percy and Annabeth. Think about Frank and Hazel. If Percy-Annabeth were having 5% of book occupancy, then Frank-Hazel were having hardly 2% of weightage in the book.
Okay, at a point of moment I accept that it all started with Jason-Piper-Leo..true. No problem with that. But atleast the way it was hyped about Percy Jackson, there should be some justification for that. I know Percy-Annabeth, got their chances in Mark of Athena and The House of Hades..But so did Jason-Piper-Leo. Atleast Piper & Leo never left in action throughout the series. Looking at that, Percy-Annabeth, Frank-Hazel deserved at the least one chapter. It won't be wrong if I say, it doesn't justified their heroism through out the series and the manner their characters have grown, throughout the series.
Overall, as a book, its good to read. Action and fast paced drama.. you'll get everything. But as a series, it doesn't live upto the expectations as hyped in the previous books.
I love the last book of this series, but I must say, I was highly disappointed. I'm not a huge Jason fan, and this book mainly consisted of him in the spotlight. Percy and Annabeth were HELPLESS. I think that this would not be the Percy and Annabeth who fought Kronos, who went through Tartarus and were so amazing. The fact that Piper saves Annabeth in Sparta is slightly disgruntling, but Percy being saved by Jason in his father's element is sort of extreme. My favourite two characters are weak, and they don't have a single POV. I thought since this was the last book, all of the seven would get a POV. Also, Nico and Reyna's story is interesting, but it takes up too much of the book. Gaia was emphasised about for four books, and her fall was so short. Leo's ending was so... Incomplete. Also, there were a few loose ends. I'm still confused as to how Percy jumped across a 20 foot wide river in Book 4, and I thought that it would be explained, but it wasn't. Hazel's curse isn't removed, And Reyna's story seems suspicious. I feel that with the amount of emphasis Aphrodite put on saying that no 'demigod' would ever heal her heart, she will play part in the Magnus Chase series(I could be wrong, of course). There's also the fact that though it was a good and well written book, it did not rise up to the standards of The Last Olympian by even 10percent. I fell that if Rick Riordan wrote one short sequel book tying all things together, I would be satisfied