Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Blood of Olympus

This week's Waiting on Wednesday is all about Rick Riordan's new book in the Heroes of Olympus series. The next book is purported to be the final book in the series and will tie up the story of the union between Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood and their attempts to thwart the awakening of Gaea.

I'm looking forward to reading this new book because I have been in love with Riordan's work since I picked up the first Percy Jackson book. I was remarkably sad to see the first series end, and I was so very glad to see that he picked up the story in a second series. As a fan of both books in general and books that involve history and mythology, The Blood of Olympus and, in fact, all of Riordan's books are a wonderful thing for me!

The early release blurb for the book sets up a great sense of anticipation for the book:

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. (From Goodreads)

The fifth book in the Heroes of Olympus series, Blood of Olympus, is set to be released on October 17, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion.

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