The House of Hades

The House of Hades

Title: The House of Hades

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #4

Publisher: Puffin

Release Date: October 8th 2013


Five Stars

The House of Hades is the fourth book in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series, set in the action-packed world of Percy Jackson.

The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there’ll be hell on Earth. Literally.

Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there’s a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them.

Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain—in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.

– Blurb courtesy of

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Stupid rock gods!” Leo yelled from the helm. “That’s the third time I’ve had to replace that mast! You think they grow on trees?”
Nico frowned. “Masts are from trees.”
“That’s not the point!”

The seven now have the Athena Parthenos, they rescued Nico from Ephialtes and Otis, and are now on their way to the Doors of Death. However they have lost Percy and Annabeth to Tartarus and without the two of them the remaining members of the seven and Nico seem to be left adrift. Without the two of them things seem a lot harder for each of the heroes to face.

Their journey to Greece is a tough one, and with Gaea awakening in a few short weeks, the Romans marching ever closer to Camp Half-Blood, and their need to reach the Doors of Death in time to meet Percy and Annabeth there are a lot of challenges the heroes need to face. However they find help as well, from Hecate in the mountains, from the Kerkopes in Bologna, from Triptolemus and Mars in Venice, and from Cupid in Croatia. Their real challenge remains the Doors of Death, where powerful enemies await for them to stop them reuniting with Annabeth and Percy.

“At least he had Annabeth. They would find a way out of Tartarus. They had to. He didn’t think much of fates and prophecies, but he did believe in one thing: Annabeth and he were supposed to be together. They hadn’t survived so much just to get killed now.”

Meanwhile in Tartarus Percy and Annabeth are following the trail of monsters heading towards the Doors of Death. Every enemy they have ever defeated is down there with them, and without something to shield their presence it is unlikely they will get close enough to the Doors of Death to free them from the chains that keep them in one place for the monsters to use at will.

After the cliffhanger ending to The Mark of Athena I couldn’t wait to jump into The House of Hades. Unlike the previous three books where all the POV chapters seemed to carry on the same journey, The House of Hades is split into two stories. We follow Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank and Nico on their way to the Doors of Death in Greece, and Percy and Annabeth as they travel through Tartarus and face all the horrors it has to throw at them. The way Rick Riordan wrote these two stories made me desperate to get back to each when a new POV was introduced. No matter what character I was reading I always ended up wanting more from the other story.

…The Characters

“Annabeth’s voice caught on the word friend. Percy was a lot more than that. Even boyfriend really didn’t cover it. They’d been through so much together, at this point Percy was part of her—a sometimes annoying part, sure, but definitely a part she could not live without.”

Trapped in Tartarus is every demigods worst nightmare, and it’s no different for Percy and Annabeth, but at least they are together and the two of them know they have a better chance of survival together than they ever would have alone. Percy and Annabeth work well as a team with Percy acting as the strength, fighting enemies with his actions, whereas Annabeth uses her words and her brain, after losing her weapon somewhere in the fall to Tartarus.

Both Percy and Annabeth are forced to face their pasts while walking through Tartarus. Every monster they have ever defeated, including the Titans and the giants they have beaten so far, have ended up in Tartarus. While it was the best course of action they could have taken on Earth here in Tartarus, the monsters home ground, they need to face the consequences of their actions which have everyone chasing after them hungry for the taste of their blood.

“I’m the son of Hades, Jason. I might as well be covered in blood or sewage, the way people treat me. I don’t belong anywhere. I’m not even from this century. But that’s not enough to set me apart.”

Nico plays a bigger role in The House of Hades, as Percy was falling into Tartarus he made Nico promise to see the others safely to the Doors of Death, and Nico keeps that promise in this book. He is not comfortable among the other demigods, constantly on the outside of their group and their meetings with one another, but that has always been the way Nico is, his very presence as a child of Hades unnerving them.

However there is another side to Nico we see in this book. He’s hiding a big secret from the world, one that causes him to draw away from everyone who has ever reached out to him, and learning it, especially the way it is revealed, pretty much broke my heart. After everything he has done and been through it is hard to remember Nico is just a fourteen year old kid, who lost his sister and has no other family save Hazel.

“Jason always tried to build a good relationship with his team. He’d learned the hard way that if somebody was going to have your back in a fight, it was better if you found some common ground and trusted each other.”

After losing two of their team the other members of the seven are lost. Without Percy and Annabeth they seem to be falling apart in small ways. Jason takes over the role of leader, a role they all relied on Annabeth to fill when she was there, but all of them are determined to prove their worth however they can. Hazel in finding a way across the mountains, Frank in gaining Triptolemus’s help, and Piper in proving she is more than her charmspeak. The seven are still a team, but with Percy and Annabeth gone it seems like something functional that made them a real team is missing.

…The Setting

“I guess the brochure didn’t say much, because you weren’t spotlighted on the tour. We got to see the River Phlegethon, the Cocytus, the arai, the poison glade of Akhlys, even some random Titans and giants, but Nyx…hmm, no you weren’t really featured.”
“Featured? Spotlighted?”
“Yeah,” Percy said, warming up to the idea. “We came down here for the Tartarus tour.”

Tartarus is a place that has been mentioned before but that we’ve never really seen, and for good reason. Even seeing Tartarus, where the worst of the worst monsters the seven have faced have ended up, can drive demigods insane. As Percy and Annabeth travel through Tartarus you get small glimpses at the truth behind the place; the truth which terrified Nico so much and which even Percy and Annabeth cannot fully face. Annabeth likens the parts of Tartarus they see to the body parts of the god Tartarus; his throat, his armpit, his feet, all the way to his heart where the Doors of Death have been chained. Everywhere they go there is danger to be faced, monsters are being reformed and there is always something waiting in the shadow to attack.

The House of Hades splits up the seven and shows us what they can do separated from one another. All of them have their own individual strengths and this book is all about them overcoming their doubts and fears and focusing on those strengths. There will be deadly consequences if the remaining seven can’t get to the Doors of Death in time to meet Percy and Annabeth, and that made this story addictive, every chapter ending on a cliffhanger that had me hooked.

What did you think of The House of Hades? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

22 thoughts on “The House of Hades

  1. I sort of skimmed this because I haven’t even started this series! I am so undecided about whether or not I want to read it, to be honest! I probably will, at some point, but it isn’t particularly high on the TBR I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this, though! 😀

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    1. There are some pretty major spoilers in this review, just because it’s the fourth book in a series, so you made the right decision skimming this review! 🙂
      If you do get around this series I really hope you enjoy it Lauren, Rick Riordan’s books have always seemed to really exceed my expectations! 😀

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      1. I have heard a lot of great things about them, but I’ve never really felt drawn to actually read them? I’m not really a mythology kinda person… which I don’t think helps!! I probably will get around to them, though 😂😂

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      2. I don’t think you necessarily need to be a mythology fan to enjoy the series. I mean, maybe it helps but you can still enjoy the story without having much knowledge of Greek mythology in general.
        Still hopefully you’ll enjoy them when you do get around to them! 😀

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      3. That’s good to know! I think that was what was putting me off the most! I will hopefully get around to these at some point! 😛 so many books and not enough time to read them all!

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      4. I mean, I am a massive fan of Greek mythology so I loved that aspect of this book but I’m not an expert on the subject or anything. There were parts I was unsure on, myths Rick Riordan had used I hadn’t heard of, but it didn’t mean I enjoyed the books any less. 🙂

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  2. House of Hades is my favorite out of the Heroes of Olympus books! All the characters grow so much in this book, Percy and Annabeth especially. One particular scene I love is when Percy thinks back to all the demons he has killed in the past and how they just keep coming back, and whether or not there is any point in continuing to fight. This book just broke my heart for him. And my heart broke for Nico too, I love that boy.

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    1. Ahh everyone seems to have loved The House of Hades the best out of this new series. I did really enjoy this one but can’t quite decide whether this or The Blood of Olympus is my favourite! 😀
      Yes it seems like there are a lot of repercussions for both Percy and Annabeth in Tartarus as they come face to face with the monsters they’ve defeated and the fact that they can just keep coming back over and over again. It’s not fair for the demigods but it makes for excellent character development. 🙂
      God I just want Nico to be happy again.


  3. AGH this book was heartbreaking with what happened between Percy and Annabeth. I honestly cannot imagine going through what they did… Actually I don’t think I’d be able to experience what ANY of the characters did haha! #fragile The Mark of Athena definitely ended on a cliffhanger that made me hungry for HoH! I think I may need to reread this book, because, like I said, I thought this book was “okay” but now I feel like I judged it wrong… XD Glad you enjoyed HoH so much, Beth!

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    1. God neither can I! The fact that they managed to survive and escape just goes to show how incredible both characters actually are. I suppose when you think about it though we don’t really know what we could stand until we have to actually stand it, so you never know. 🙂
      God yes, I can’t imagine having to wait for the release of The House of Hades, I would not have been able to survive that cliffhanger. Ohh, if you do re-read this book/series I hope you enjoy it more May, and thanks! 😀 ❤

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  4. This was probably my favourite book in the series! It was just so tense and I couldn’t put the book down. All the cliff hangers were definitely one of the reasons for that. They all went through sooo much in this book and I really felt for all of them. I always liked Nico as a character and this book made me love him even more. He has been through so much during both of these series. He deserves all the best! ❤ I loved seeing each person show what they can do on their own and together. They all are such an amazing team. Great review Beth! 😀

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    1. I think for me it’s either this book or the last one (The Blood of Olympus) that’s my favourite. I know there was so much happening in this one and it seemed like every chapter had an insane mini cliffhanger that had me reading this faster and faster.
      Yeah Nico was amazing in this book, oh I felt so much for him throughout because he’s gone through so much and he’s only 14 years old, can you even believe that?!
      They’re an amazing team for sure, and thanks Anna! 😀 ❤

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  5. Ahhh this is my favourite one in the series! I love how important Nico becomes, and the journey through Tartarus was so interesting and emotional that I wrote a poem about it a few years ago 😂 As always, good review!

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    1. Someone else has said that as well! I can’t quite choose whether this one or the last one is my favourite. I loved the scenes in Tartarus, it was so interesting seeing that place after hearing a lot about it, and yes my heart broke so many times reading Nico’s journey. Hopefully he’ll get some happier storylines in later books! 🙂
      Thanks Izzi! 😀

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  6. Ahhh I’m so glad to see you enjoyed this one!! ❤ The series is so addictive ahah and has so many horrible cliffhangers omg. Nicooooo poor precious child, broke my heart too. I love all these characters so much, they go through so much. 😦 I can't wait to see your thoughts on the series finale though!! I actually have mixed feelings on that one so I'm curious to see your perspective. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Yeah I thought this was an amazing book! ❤ And this is definitely an addictive series as well, part of me wants to jump right into whatever Rick Riordan wrote next but I need to pace myself a little because I'm close to being up to date and then I'll have to wait for each release like everyone else.
      He deserves to be happy, and I really hope in future books he gets some happier storylines at least. They really do, but I guess given what they have to do it can't be easy can it?
      Oh, why did you have mixed thoughts? I can tell you know that I loved the finale as well, between this book and The Blood of Olympus I can't quite choose my favourite. 🙂

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      1. Haha good point, spacing out the Riordan reads might be a good idea! Oh for sure!
        I’m glad you loved the finale!! I read it a while back, but I missed some POVs (like Percy and Annabeth) that I think would’ve had me like the book more haha. I also am kind of conflicted over the ending? Aghhh I don’t know. There was something about it that rubbed me the wrong way. I’m so glad you loved it though!

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      2. Well if his other books are anything like this series was there are going to be some insane cliffhangers and I’ll need all the books to be released before I can start reading them.
        Oh that’s a shame about feeling conflicted about the ending. And yeah now you mention it there wasn’t any Percy or Annabeth POV in the last book was there? I didn’t really notice it because by this point I loved all the characters and was happy for any POV! 😀

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