book series review: The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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I started reading The Lost Hero in January and I finished The Blood of Olympus a couple of days ago, so today I will review the entire Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. You can find my review of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series here and I also posted some individual review on my Goodreads.

Overall, I have to admit I am disappointed with Rick Riordan’s work so far. I wish I had either read it when I was younger or that my expectations weren’t so high. I realise that I am not the target audience so I shouldn’t be too harsh, but I can’t get past the fact that literally every single one of his books in both series follow the same pattern.

In many ways, my thoughts haven’t changed much since reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians. There’s still an abundance of ableist language, the plot is predictable and tiresome and I wish it was more character-driven than action-packed.

Some readers have told me that they agree that the plot is predictable, but they love the books nonetheless because of the characters. I was really attached to Percy, Annabeth and Nico in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but I didn’t feel as protective of the characters we’re introduced to in this series. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t dislike them – Leo is hilarious! – but I was never worried because even in life-threatening scenarios I knew they’d get away safely, just like they had a million times before.

My favourite part of The Heroes of Olympus was certainly the Roman mythology. I really love learning more about the different gods and am therefore keen to continue reading Rick Riordan’s work, even though I strongly hope his other books won’t follow the same pattern as the series I have mentioned.

I listened to every book on audiobook and they were far better than the Percy Jackson and the Olympians ones! That said, the final two books in this series were suddenly narrated by a different person, which took some time getting used to.

I certainly didn’t hate reading the Heroes of Olympus, but I’m very tired of having to read the same plot over and over again. It definitely didn’t live up to the hype for me – though admittedly I am not the target audience – so I will be more wary picking up Rick Riordan’s work in the future.


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