Book of the Week #24 [Guest Post]

The House of Hades

by Rick Riordan


Let me begin this post by saying that I have not read this book, and the chances that I will read it remain slim.

In fact, that was one of the major reasons why I asked Riya to write about it: No risk of overlap…

Okay, now, we should probably talk about Riya, before we start talking about the book…

Firstly, she is often referred to as TheEditorGirl’s little sister.
Secondly, if you ever refer to her as “little”, she WILL kill you.
And thirdly, she is actually nicer, and smarter, than you would imagine.

And now, after weeks of negotiation, deliberation and procrastination, we finally have a post to share. And to be honest, it could not have come at a better time.


As his raft skimmed over the water, taking him back to the mortal world, he understood a line from the Prophecy better— an oath to keep with a final breath.

He understood how dangerous oaths could be. But Leo didn’t care.

“I’m coming back for you, Calypso,” he said to the night wind. “I swear it on the River Styx.”

Bob ruffled her hair. Smile lines crinkled around his eyes.

“That is good. Until then, my friends, tell the sun and the stars hello for me. And be strong. This may not be the last sacrifice you must make to stop Gaia.”

I’ll keep it short. I swear it on the River Styx.

The House of Hades is the penultimate book of the Heroes of Olympus series, hereafter referred to as HoO, written by Rick Riordan, a guy who claims it’s a children’s book but throws the protagonists in the bottomless pit that is Tartarus. Cruel, right?

For mortals who have no clue what Tartarus is: Tartarus is essentially hell— there, the air is acid, water is misery, and ground is broken glass— so in a nutshell, it is a nuclear blast zone.

Furthermore, I never found it to be an infantile series for if a reader understands the true depth in quotes like these, the reader is anything but a kid.

“But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.”

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