The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus
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The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus

By Rick Riordan
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Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers 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. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. 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.
Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected to be published on October 7, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 1423146735
ISBN-13: 9781423146735
363 Book Reviews
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  • coolnicki477
    coolnicki4778/15/20145 stars
    The author lives in Boston, Massachusetts
    • coolnicki477
      coolnicki4778/14/20145 stars
      This is going to be the last book Rick Riordan's making in this series he's going to stop
      • spinnypeeps
        spinnypeeps8/14/20145 stars
        Really? Like, he's not going to write any other books? Awwwwwwww
        • coolnicki477
          coolnicki4778/15/20145 stars
          He's going to make other books but I said he's done with the Heroes of Olympus
          • pipermc11
            pipermc118/15/2014
            Sorry to burst your bubble, but he never said that. He said it was too soon to consider writing another series, but it's certainly possible he will.
            • coolnicki477
              coolnicki4778/16/20145 stars
              Yeah, I think your right, thanks
        • bibliophile
          bibliophile8/14/2014
          Really!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
        • bibliophile
          bibliophile8/4/2014
          I wish the book would come out sooner... I need to read more of these series!!!!!
          • coolnicki477
            coolnicki4778/4/20145 stars
            Like this If you love Greeks!
            • coolnicki477
              coolnicki4778/4/20145 stars
              Like this if you love Romans
              • spinnypeeps
                spinnypeeps8/15/20145 stars
                I love both- don't know which is better!
            • kimsam123
              kimsam1237/10/2014
              I Really Want to read this. :P
              • rainbeaux
                rainbeaux7/5/2014
                I spent the week at GS camp and we watched the two Percy Jackson movies. When everyone started calling actors, I called Jason. The girl next to me called Leo and another girl (who hadn't read THoO) called Nico. I spent the rest of the day discussing Pico with the one who called Leo. Fun!
                • skylar2403
                  skylar24036/30/2014
                  I hope when this book releases it will be as wonderful as the other books in it's series
                  • divergentlover
                    divergentlover6/13/20145 stars
                    I haven't read it but i know it will be awesome and yes i know Rachel! And i am in your tribe! I am abbie!
                    • hyper_monkey
                      hyper_monkey6/9/2014
                      OH MY GODS I JUST REALIZED SOMETHING. Haha, I actually didn't; I just needed your attention. (Sorry.) I was just wondering if someone could start up a conversation, here. I would, but I can't think of anything. My brain's been temporarily murdered by final exams. So . . . debates, anyone? (Or we could all just write little mini-stories/fanfics. I dunno, I'm bored.)
                      • hyper_monkey
                        hyper_monkey6/13/2014
                        YOU GUYS I WAS COUNTING ON YOU LIKE C'MON
                        • hyper_monkey
                          hyper_monkey6/13/2014
                          NO SERIOUSLY LET'S TALK ABOUT BoO THAT'S WHAT THIS IS HERE FOR
                          • pipermc11
                            pipermc116/21/2014
                            Well, I know this is a touchy subject, but if someone DOES die, we might as well discuss that. Now, we can rule Annabeth and Percy out. Too important. I think we can take Jason, Piper and Leo out as well. That leaves us with a few characters. Nico might die, because he feels like someone that doesn't belong. Reyna might die, to sacrifice herself for Jason. Possible. Hazel might sacrifice herself since she knows she has already died before, Frank might sacrifice himself with his burning twig, because he knows that's when he'll die, and he'll die a Roman warrior. Octavion might die, and honestly, I think that's more fandom related. Calypso might die to become free, but then again, Leo might die to go be with her...that would be a plot twist. Also, multiple other characters could die for other related reasons...like Clarisse, the Stoll brothers, etc.
                            • hyper_monkey
                              hyper_monkey8/1/2014
                              I personally doubt that Rick would kill off any of the seven. He writes with his fans in mind, and he's also said that he won't kill off main characters. Now that Frank is praetor, it's unlikely that he'll die. However, it's highly likely that Reyna will either die or step down so that Hazel can rule Camp Jupiter alongside him. I don't think Nico will die, because the entire point of him confronting his sexuality was to tell kids with the same issues in their lives that yes, it does get better, and killing him off would not exactly demonstrate that very well. Whether Octavian dies or not is up for debate. I mean, his death would be great, and all, but I feel like it would be more poetically just if he survived. Most likely, he'll begin the attack on Camp Half-Blood, realize that Gaea is a bigger, more threatening problem, and grudgingly join forces with the Greeks, defeating her. Then, at the ending celebrations, he will be the arrogant auger he is, and there will be that "ah well, some things never change" moment, and things will go back to as normal as they can be after a war. For Leo and Calypso, there are many possible outcomes, the least of which being death. Here is the one I see happening: they save Olympus, Zeus is reminded of his promise to Percy, Calypso is allowed to leave her island IF she agrees to be mortal, she and Leo live happily ever after. (I don't think that Leo will be granted immortality, for a few reasons. One: he'd never be with his mom again. Two: I don't actually thing he'd want to live forever, not as a god. He'd constantly be comparing himself to his dad, or to other gods. It would seriously damage his self-esteem, and then he'd feel bad for beating himself up about it, because he would feel as though he should be grateful instead of self-pitying. Three: remember what Mars said? Life is only precious because it ends.) Last but not least: minor characters, campers, spirits, and the like. As of this, we can only pray it won't be our favorites.
                              • pipermc11
                                pipermc118/12/2014
                                Ha ha, he writes with his fans in mind...UNTIL HE STARTS THROWING PEOPLE TO TARTURUS!! Sorry, nervous breakdown. Yeah, Octavion shouldn't die, as much as it pains me to say so, he shouldn't. Hmmm, a good way to do the Leo/Calypso thing is this: Leo makes it to the island, but is then confronted by a god/monster, to keep out people who come back twice, and tries to kill Leo for breaking this vow. However, Calypso, not wanting to see her heart broken again, throws herself in front of the javilin/spear/sword that is thrown at Leo, and dies in Leo's arms. However, as Hades is collecting her soul, he takes pity on Leo (for once!), and talks to Zeus about Calypso's sacrifice, and successfully persuades Zeus that Calypso is on their side. Zeus brings Calypso back to life, but under one condition: Calypso is mortal, because some things cannot be changed, even in the world of the gods. Leo and Calypso live happily ever after...until the next big prophecy... Well, that's my theory. It's kinda like Harry Potter, but, oh well.
                                • spinnypeeps
                                  spinnypeeps8/12/20145 stars
                                  How did you so perfectly predict what is probably going to happen. You're a genius, and I mean it!
                                  • pipermc11
                                    pipermc118/15/2014
                                    Thank you! Honestly, I just think about it a lot. When I have a lot of spare time in my hands...but that's just the way I would like it to turn out. I'M NOT PROMISING ANYTHING, BECAUSE I AM NOT RICK RIORDAN (as much as I wish I was.)
                                • spinnypeeps
                                  spinnypeeps8/9/20145 stars
                                  You've got a real point, hyper monkey.
                                • rainbeaux
                                  rainbeaux7/5/2014
                                  I call books where everyone dies a Harry Potter ending. But, Rick Riordian could pull a Divergent on us of course...
                                  • pipermc11
                                    pipermc118/12/2014
                                    HOW DARE YOU MENTION DIVERGENT ON THIS SACRED BOARD!! OPTIMISM IS NEEDED, AND YOU ARE DRAINING US OF IT! :D ha ha, joking, but really, don't do that!
                                    • rainbeaux
                                      rainbeaux8/28/2014
                                      What!?! Piper, Divergent is awesome! Well except for the ending...
                          • spinnypeeps
                            spinnypeeps6/9/20145 stars
                            How can we review this book if it didn't come out yet? It should be on the fall or winter reading list.

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