Heroes of Olympus was a Near-*KNOCKOUT* Success!

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After Percy Jackson, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed more of this fun, middle-grade take on classic mythology. Luckily, I had all of the Heroes of Olympus series to enjoy! With his trademarked humour, Riordan expands on his Half-blood concept, pitting Romans and Greeks against each other. This was a fight I could definitely get behind (though admittedly Iโ€™m a little bit biased towards the Greeks ๐Ÿ˜‰). It was a brilliant way to do a crossover!

Before we get too much into how the plot played out, I have to say I was loving the new additions to the cast. As much as I appreciated having Percy & co back, I liked how more gods were incorporated and the exploration of their powers. I particularly took to Jason, Piper and Hazelโ€ฆ which I realise is most of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

Best of all, each of the characters (old and new) were given space to develop. All the existing relationships were expanded upon and personalities were given room to shine. My favourite of which would definitely be Nico- not just cos I love his powers, not just cos Iโ€™ve always had a soft spot for Hades, but because he has one of the most sympathetic stories in the entire series.

There was plenty going on in each of the books. Beyond each coming of age story, there were battles with bad guys and the ongoing theme of uniting the warring Greeks/Romans. This made the series *so much more complex* than the first- and I have to admit, I was digging it. All the stories managed to converge and I had the sense that this was more structured than its predecessor. Coupling the drama and emotional moments made for a very satisfying reading experience. The ending, while not mind-blowingly bold, had some really sweet touches that made it work.

My main reason for not being completely in love with it is quite simply that Iโ€™m not a kid- I get the feeling Iโ€™d have loved this a whole lot more if Iโ€™d read it back then. But other than that, I really have only one niggling (and perhaps petty) complaint: why on earth was there nonsense about Italians not eating pizza!

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And, worse, how can anyone dare call Italian pizza bad?!?!!

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ITALY IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF PIZZA AND ITALIAN FOOD IS DIVINE (okay technically it came from Naples, but Romans good at making pizza too!) (also every Italian I know eats pizza, I donโ€™t even know what that was about). And, yes, I know this is a minor thing, but whatever, itโ€™s my review and you donโ€™t get to insult Italian pizza on my watch! (to be fair, I wouldโ€™ve noticed this as a kid too and Iโ€™d have been equally irritated!)

Phew, sorry, needed to get that out of my system. Other than that, I had a really good time with this series and I donโ€™t feel like Iโ€™ve entirely missed the boat.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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Okay, so have you read this series? What did you think of it? And have you ever come to a popular series really late? Let me know in the comments!

27 thoughts on “Heroes of Olympus was a Near-*KNOCKOUT* Success!

  1. I’m so glad to hear that you loved this series! ๐Ÿ˜€ Nico is definitely one of my faves as well, since he’s able to get so much development in these books. I think I also would have liked them more if I had liked them more if I read them as a kid, but they’re still lots of fun…despite that nonsense about Italians not eating pizza ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  2. I have never been to Italy, but from the couple of globetrotters I’ve talked to over the years, Italian pizza does suck. It isn’t like what we Americans think of as pizza.

    Besides, that waiter sounds like a food nazi. Imagine, giving someone crap because of putting ice in their coke. I bet that waiter was Mussolini’s great nephew or something! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. hahahaha I’m sorry, I will never agree with that- I’ve had Italian pizza and it’s amazing. I would *seriously* question anyone’s taste if they said they didn’t like it.

      hehehe yes the fictional waiter did sound bad- but real life isn’t like that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I loved it obviously. It was my go-to book series (PJ until HoO came into picture and then that too) or still is except I’ve moved to dramas so not reading that many books lately *sigh*. I can probably narrate Mark Of Athena by-heart. And I’m like you. Read this series when I can barely be called a kid. So I know what you mean… And its hard to talk your friends into even listening to you go on about it because they’ll think its too middle-grade stuff. I don’t think so but I’m sure everybody else does.

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  4. I haven’t read this series, but I had the same “I wish I read it as a kid” feeling about the original Percy Jackson books.

    And the pizza thing would have gotten to me, too. Sure, it’s not pizza like American would be used to, but they eat pizza in Italy. I hear from friends that in Italy pizza has a thin crust and different sauce, but I haven’t been there myself so I don’t have first-hand experience.

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    1. I completely get that! I feel the same way!

      hehehe I’m glad I’m not the only one who’d have noticed the pizza thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, the thing is pizza is different in different regions in Italy- if you go to the South (like Naples, where pizza was invented) then you get thick pizza (they actually have laws about how long you have to leave the dough out and how you make it). But in the North, like in Rome, it’s thinner. But it’s usually made in proper pizza ovens and it’s incredible- I can personally vouch for that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. Lol! Pizza-gate fiasco aside ๐Ÿ˜‰ we use Riordan’s books a lot in our school. As an ex-teacher, not only doe he write entertaining and gripping adventures but he understands figurative writing: his books are a great way to get the kids to improve their skills. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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