House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Title: House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

From Goodreads

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

This is the ninth book by Rick Riordan that I’ve read and he has yet to disappoint me. The House of Hades is completely action packed and filled to the brim with amazing tales and emotions. Riordan has an incredible ability to bring so much mythology education into these books while still making it enjoyable and easy to read. I am not even ashamed to admit that reading these books has helped me out in class quite a few times.
At the end of Mark of Athena Percy and Annabeth have fallen into the depths of Tartarus. While following their story I was amazed at the development of the two character since we first met them years ago. Percy and Annabeth both seemed a lot older than what they really were and at times this threw me off. I’m expecting people who are my own age and yet they are still teenagers. I realized that after everything that they’ve been through it was only logical for them to be way more mature than other kids their age. I have become a huge sucker for romantics recently and the love between Annabeth and Percy had my heart melting.
I love rotating between the other characters. There isn’t a single character that I didn’t like to read about to enjoy spending some time in their heads. Frank became one of my favorite characters this time. He has such a great personal growth, both mentally and physically, during this book. We see Frank go from a really insecure guy to a stronger more confident young man.
Another thing that I loved about this book was how Riordan revealed that one of the characters is gay. I thought that it was so fantastic to see this in a book. Especially in middle grade. Not to get too far up on the soapbox, but this is the perfect age to introduce this into. These kids are the age where something like this can truly teach them acceptance and I wish we could see more of it. I cannot say how much I admire Riordan for bringing this into play.
The ending of this book was fantastic and really pulled on the heartstrings. I felt everything that the characters, namely Percy and Annabeth, were feeling at the end. Overall this book was amazing and there wasn’t a single aspect that I didn’t like. The book was almost 600 pages, but I never felt bogged down. It flew by and I can’t wait for more!