The House of Hades is a fantasy-adventure novel written by American author Rick Riordan, based on Greek and Roman mythology. It was published on October 8, 2013, and is the fourth book in The Heroes of Olympus series, preceded by The Mark of Athena and followed by The Blood of Olympus.
The House of Hades Summary
The House of Hades is the fourth book in Rick Riordan’s the Heroes of Olympus series. This series is characterized by Riordan’s unique balance of humor and seriousness in the battle of good versus evil.
The book brings to life Ancient Greek mythology, as the protagonists are demigods—children of the Greek gods and goddesses. In this young adult novel, seven demigods strive to stop Gaea, the ancient goddess who birthed the Titans, and who is also known as Earth, from waking up and destroying the world as they know it.
Each of them have different mythological powers; for example, Percy Jackson—the protagonist of the prequel series—can control water because his father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Their different abilities place them in unique roles throughout The House of Hades.
At the beginning of the book, Percy and Annabeth Chase, a daughter of Athena the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, are alone. They have become separated from their friends and allies, and, thanks to Arachne, have fallen into Tartarus at the depths of the Underworld.
In addition to being a place, Tartarus is also a deity and married to Gaea. That makes him the father of the Titans who live in the Underworld. The Titans faced off against Percy and his friends in the prequel when their leader, Kronos, tried to take over Mount Olympus and the world.
Percy and Annabeth know they have to get out of Tartarus, and begin looking for the fabled Doors of Death. If they can close the portal there, monsters from the Underworld will not be able to return to the mortal world, or Earth. With the portal open, monsters return to the Underworld when they are killed, but they can respawn on Earth to terrorize and attempt to slay demigods.
For readers who donot know whom those gods are, Dionysus was the Greek god of wine and the arts—specifically drama. He was often represented by a satyr, which was considered to embody the wildness of man. In Riordan’s books, the satyrs have an additional role, which is to protect the demigods. Hades is one of the big three—sons of Kronos.
They are the three most important gods of the Greek pantheon. Hades rules the Underworld and watches over the dead; his brothers are Zeus, god of the sky, and Poseidon. Hephaestus is the god of volcanoes and craftsmanship. As his son, Leo is a talented tinkerer.
After Zeus birthed Athena through parthenogenesis—she was born fully grown and armored and popped out of Zeus’s head—Hera, Zeus’s wife and sister,was jealous. She tried to birth a child on her own, but he had a physical deformity, so she threw him down the side of Mount Olympus in an attempt to kill him. He was Hephaestus, who, though spurned by many of the other gods, is also relied upon. For example, Hephaestus crafts Zeus’s lightning bolts.
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About the Author
Richard Russell Riordan Junior is an American author, best known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Riordan’s books have been translated into forty-two languages and sold more than thirty million copies in the United States.