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 I’m a little bit biased towards the Greeks 😉). 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 Hazel… which I realise is most of them 😉

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 I’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 I’m not a kid- I get the feeling I’d have loved this a whole lot more if I’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 don’t even know what that was about). And, yes, I know this is a minor thing, but whatever, it’s my review and you don’t get to insult Italian pizza on my watch! (to be fair, I would’ve noticed this as a kid too and I’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 don’t feel like I’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!