Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week and for many weeks after, I am and will be waiting on City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. However, Kiersten's graciously done that already. So this week, I'm waiting on The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
Series:  The Heroes of Olympus, #5
Release Date: October 17th, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Waited on by: Everybody and their Mothers (Marlon)
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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

Unlike City of Heavenly Fire, I DON'T EVEN HAVE A BOOK COVER TO BE HAPPY ABOUT. No excerpts, just the ability to re-read House of Hades and cry over literally every other page for frack's sake. Percy Jackson has been my hero . . . I didn't start off as a Harry Potter kid, I started off as a Max McDaniels kid, but while Max only had one book out at the time (The Tapestry #1: The Hound of Rowan), Percy had three. And they were amazing. And it's been a very long ride and I'm almost unwilling to let it go. Words cannot express precisely how much I strive to be the Rick Riordan to at least a few people. That would be the greatest gift of which I could be capable, because these books, these freaking books have made my life so much more worth living. When I heard about The Lost Hero, I jumped on the excerpt like it was the dropped hot potato and I was a stereotypical Irish person. It was the absolute best transition book, that had the best elements from the first series with new faces. Son of Neptune? You better bet I was going bananas that Percy was back, even without his iron skin. We're not going to talk about Mark of Athena because you know it shattered hearts. House of Hades seemed to tie knots that have been loose for years, closing chapters, realizing and actualizing characters. Preparing for the end.

So let's do this people. On October 17th, we'll go down together. 

- Marlon

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