The House of Hades Book Review


I’m back, not with a Master’s Sun review like I kind of hinted on because I didn’t end up watching it until the end. While I usually re-read books and still find it interesting, it’s not the same with movies or tv series’. But, I finished House of Hades yesterday and decided to do a book review on it! Yay me, being responsible and updating my blog!

Before that, you might be asking me why I didn’t do a book review on all the other ones . Well. initially, I thought it would be too much and decided to just do an overall series review at the end. But then this book happened. HOH was so much better than the other books in the sense that it added so much depth to each of the seven’s characters. Besides, you know what happens when I try to do a series review at the end. I forget the details in the series! Just like it did with the Harry Potter review I promised but never ended up writing. Ha.

So anyway. Let’s get into it.

I guess there’s no point in writing a short synopsis for this book, since in order for it to make sense I’d have to tell the story from the beginning of the series, and ain’t nobody got time for dat. Instead, I’ll jump straight to the spoilery section. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT, GO READ IT! SERIOUSLY I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH AND TRUST ME BECAUSE YOU WON’T REGRET IT. Bye now!


The main thing I want to talk about is Tartarus, since we’ve never seen it in other books. I never imagined Tartarus to be a body. Like, I thought it was a bottomless pit, and Percy and Annabeth would never stop falling. I mean, Tartarus is literally called the BOTTOMLESS PIT, right? Am I the only one who thought that? A lot of my friends imagined it to be how hell is typically illustrated — a really hot place. Either way, we all imagined it to be an indescribably scary place, and at the end of Mark of Athena I remember feeling so scared along with Percy and Annabeth. For it to be the literal body of Tartarus — with the veins being the rivers, etc.? It added so much suspense because you never know what to expect. I especially was really mind-blown by the arais (?) Like those things that curses you if you kill them with things that you did to your enemies. I really thought it was creative, putting things in the monsters’ perspective. At the same time, I really enjoyed the Percabeth moments in Tartarus, because it was there that it is shown how much they really care about each other. It was a time where they didn’t kiss as much — which always made me uncomfortable for some reason, unlike Frazel kisses — but instead expressed their love through other actions, such as sacrificing themselves, etc. 

Whoa, that is a lot about Tartarus. I can’t help it. I just found Tartarus to be so intriguing and even that many words isn’t enough to discuss it. There is just so many layers to it!

Okay. Now, about the other five heroes and their quest to get to Epirus. I found it less interesting than Tartarus (obviously), but I love how each of them were able to shine ever since they lost two of the most important heroes. There were able to really utilize their special abilities to contribute and ultimately make a great team. I love how their characters really developed, especially the fact that Leo, the supposed “seventh wheel,” was able to find love —man, I ship Caleo so much! — and also the whole Nico being gay ordeal — it kind of made him more vulnerable, which I liked. I know there are many more things to talk about regarding the quest, but that would take forever. Just know that I really did enjoy every single encounter with their enemies. Most notably, their encounter with Sciron, where Hazel was finally able to manipulate the Mist.

I am going to dedicate a final paragraph to… .DRUMROLL….. JASON GRACE. Not because he’s amazing, of course not. I think he is the stupidest and most useless hero out of the seven. PIPER is more useful than him. And the fact that he thinks so highly of himself just pisses me off even more. Jason can fly, sure, but does he ever use it to help? Percy and Annabeth could’ve been saved by him. He can’t even control the zombie legion thingy. Which I really found comical and had to close the book because I was laughing too hard. Serves you right. Sorry to all Jason fans, but I honestly find him to be so annoying.

I don’t know if I covered everything, but then again, could you really cover every single thing in this book? Because had strong feelings about most of the scenes in the book. I guess that’s all for now. Thanks for reading fictionistas! 🙂