Annabeth and Percy are stuck in Tartarus. They must travel through Tartarus to the House of Hades, and Tartarus is a monster’s playground. None of the same rules apply as when they are on the surface, and if they kill the monsters, they will simply reappear. In order to get out of Tartarus, they enlist the help of Bob, fight through Gaea’s forces, and make it to the doors of the House of Hades. I
While they fight in the Underworld, the other demigods must fight in the overworld to close the doors of the House of Hades and make sure that Death returns to his job so the monsters will not continue to regenerate themselves. If Annabeth and Percy don’t hurry to the surface, they will be locked in Tartarus indefinitely.
Alright so first I am going to say that this book has so far been my favorite book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I did enjoy seeing the group split up, and work towards a common goal both on the surface and in the Underworld.
I also felt that every single character developed in this story, except for one in particular. They all learned to grow into their powers, and all learned to accept themselves. They also grow as a team. I also enjoyed the romantic relationship growth within this novel, particularly between Percy and Annabeth.
The one character whose growth I didn’t like was Annabeth. I felt that while in Tartarus, she relied on Percy too much. This could have been the part of her development, her learning to rely on others. However, in my opinion, she is just getting weaker as this series goes on. I will be working my way through the Blood of Olympus in the next few days, and I hope to be able to appreciate Annabeth’s future character growth. This wasn’t as blatant as it was in other novels though, so I do have to give Riordan props for that.
Overall Rating: 4/5