An In-Depth Look at the Synopsis and Covers of The House of Hades

An In-Depth Look at the Synopsis and Covers of The House of Hades

Kitkatgirl200, LivelySparrow97, and Rebecca King talked about The House of Hades together. Here is what they said!

The official House of Hades synopsis:

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Kitkatgirl200: The biggest bit of information I got out of this is that the romans will attack CHB in a month. Oh how convenient. You know, the first time I read this, I read ‘Seven’ as ‘Steve’. Needless to say, I was very confused. No mention of Nico, and there’s a bit of third person Leo action in the last sentence of the first paragraph. Makes me question my original Percy, Jason, Frank, and Hazel POV theory. I am hoping this book will be darker, as the final sentence promises. Also, I don’t think the Camp Jupiter VS. Camp Half-Blood thing will ever happen, as it seems mostly for dramatic tension. I’d like the final book to focus on the main battle with Gaea and the completion of the prophecy. Speaking of prophecies, I wonder if this book will have one.

LivelySparrow97: The synopsis tells me two superlatives that this book will be. 1) It will be the darkest entry of the PJO/HoO series. Tartarus isn’t exactly sunshine and meadows. This could be a definite gear shift in the series, but it also could a momentary shift. 2) This will be the most emotional book of HoO. With Percy and Annabeth all alone in Tartarus, that would be expected. I don’t know if we’ll be seeing a Camp Jupiter vs Camp Half-Blood battle in this book. The “in about a month” suggests that it will be climactic showdown of demigods in the 5th and final book. Personally, I can’t wait to see this. And even though Kit seems to think it won’t happen, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’m betting the last book will be as Kit says “the main battle with Gaea and the completion of the prophecy” but also a battle happening on Long Island. The 5th is the final book of the PJO world for now and I believe Uncle Rick will go out with a bang.

Rebecca King: Knowing Rick, I thought he was going to leave us Rickhanging all through The House of Hades of what was happening to Percy and Annabeth. It is a relief to read they are a big part of the synopsis. Four characters are mentioned. Annabeth, Percy, Leo, and Gaea. I believe the POVs will take place from Percy, Leo, Jason, and Nico. Leo is a must by how he is referred to in the synopsis. We will have eyes down in Tartarus so we will at least be reading from Percy or Annabeth’s. I am super excited for The House of Hades to come out!

The House of HadesThe House of Hades

LivelySparrow97: Definitely the darkest cover we’ve seen. One thing I find extremely intriguing is Percy’s wild-eyed glance back in fear. His eyes are staring directly at the reader (and whatever is behind him). The imprisoned monstrosities of Tartarus would be my guess to the cause of his fear. In my opinion, this the best cover we’ve been given.

Rebecca King: I agree, Louis. Their clothes are the same and its not what they were wearing from they fell as, I believe, Annabeth was wearing her CHB shirt. It is the darkest and the best cover we have seen! The flying creatures in the top left corner, are those furies? I’m intrigued to find out what the electricity type stuff is as it appears to be grabbing at their feet. That could be what is slowing down Annabeth as it appears Percy is having to help her walk or it could be from her injuries. It is interesting how the door is just a door. The only thing holding it up is chains. Its not into a building or even stone. Its just suspended there. I wonder if you can enter the door from either side. Or what is on the other side of the door if you don’t go through it but around it?

LivelySparrow97: It could work like the entrance to the Sea of Monsters. If you go around it, it just keeps reappearing if I remember correctly.

Kitkatgirl200: The carvings on the door look like the TARDIS. We now know how they will escape! On a more serious note, this cover really gorgeous. As for the flying things, I’ve seen a few people say they were Furies, but there are clearly more than five. (Okay not clearly, but in a large, high-res image there are about six.) Truthfully, I was expecting Tatarus to be a dark, musty, with monsters coming out of nowhere every once in awhile. It appears not to be such a boring place at that, though. I’d talk about Percy and Annabeth but I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. On a final note…LAVAAAA.

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan UK EditionThe House of Hades UK Edition

Kitkatgirl200: I usually despise these UK covers, this one is really no exception. I’m going to point out the clothes again, as Percy and Annabeth match in both covers. (Aside from the fact they’re much dirtier on the US cover) Also, could that large warrior be a giant? Or is it just perspective? There also shackles on its wrists, so I assume it has broken free from some prison. Anything that was tied up in Tartarus can’t be good. (Assuming that it’s actually where the cover is implying. The UK version of The Mark of Athena was of a scene that was never in the book.) There also appears to be lots of lava. Lots and lots of lava.

LivelySparrow97: This looks a lot like a Kane Chronicles cover to me. Maybe I’m just crazy.

Rebecca King: Who is the warrior? There isn’t much mystery to this cover other than that, in my opinion.

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  1. Zazil Sosa - October 8, 2013

    I hate to admit it but I think st the end Percy will.have to leave Anabeth in tarturus to go and fight gaea because in the son of Neptune it says that iris told Frank the he needs to help Percy because he has to make a decision that he won’t be able to dl

  2. Percy Jackson - October 7, 2013

    Uk cover edition has KRONOS ON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “You cannot kill a Titan!” – Hermes, The Last Olympian

  3. Nic - September 19, 2013

    Has anybody heard of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice? If not, here’s a brief: Orpheus was a demigod, son of the Muse of music. He was in love with Eurydice, this nymph, but she got bit by a snake and died. He went down to the Underworld to get her back, and Hades didn’t want to. But Orpheus played music to charm Persephone and she begged her husband to let Eurydice go. Hades agreed, but only if (AND HERE’S MY POINT) Orpheus could make it out of the Underworld without looking back to see if Eurydice was there. He couldn’t look over his shoulder. Orpheus agreed, but when he was at the very top, a foot away, he looked back at Eurydice and Hades took her back to the Underworld.—- Now, look at Percy. What is he doing? Oh, yes. He’s. Looking. BACK. I know it might be some sort of monster he’s looking at but, what if? Uncle Rick has used the other myths from the Mionan (I think) era. Daedalus. Perseus and Medusa. Thesus and the Minotaur. (Some of the Argonauts stories- Odessyus and the Fleece (I think!)) But he hasn’t used the Orpheus myth yet. Nope. So, that’s my theory.

  4. percabeth forever - September 4, 2013

    I hate how MoA is a cliffhanger(of is it a cliff faller?) idk!

  5. Percabeth - June 11, 2013

    OMG!!!!!Love it!!!!!118 days 2 go until the House of Hades is released!!!!I THINK we can do this!!

  6. Anonymus - June 10, 2013

    I don’t think the white stuff at the bottom is electricity, It looks more wispy, like smoke or mist. I think that Percy and Annabeth might meet Tartarus. The Spirit of, well, Tartarus.

  7. musicluvr (Annabeth Chase, Daughter of Athena) - June 9, 2013

    Great job!!!…love the commentary…..LOVE THE U.S. COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……So much detail…..I wanna read it sooooooooooooooooooooooo bad!!…I WANT MY PERCABEH!!!!……lol…..the synopsis is pretty bland……I mean…it has detail but it rly isn’t anything we don’t alrdy know….oh and YAY LEO!!!!!!!!!!!……lol…..anyway……..the U.K. covers DO remind me of the Kane Chronicles……lol…….nvr noticed the shackles………just my 2 cents…….The other comments pretty much summed up what I thought……. :)

    • musicluvr (Annabeth Chase, Daughter of Athena) - June 12, 2013

      This thought JUST occurred to me………..VERY SCARY THOUGHT HERE……..what if Leo or NIco dies……saving Percy and Annabeth….WHAT IF ONE OF THEM CLOSES THE DOORS OF DEATH FROM THE TARTARUS SIDE?!?!….remember the fortune cookie……in MoA??!!…….it MAKES TOTAL SENSE WHEN U THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………..Leo is always the 7th wheel…..and Uncle Rick pretty much targets him… the synopsis…….saying LEO wonders…if the Doors are sealed….how will Percy and Annabeth escape?……and Nico……well he has a way with the underworld…and Hades realm……and if anyone were to sacrifice themselves it would be NIco because he is not apart of the 7 in the prophesy….Unfortunately these are options…The good news is……..that Leo is a main character…soooooo…Uncle Rick may not kill him off…..and NIco been through sooo much….and soooo many fans like him….but…..who knows…………… know how hateable, cruel, and unexpected Uncle Rick can be….i’m just saying………

    • alexis - September 27, 2013

      Cant take it anymore me need book now percabeth forever!!!

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  10. Kieran - June 9, 2013

    I DEFINITELY prefer the US cover.

  11. RELYT - June 8, 2013


  12. Syed Emir Ashman ☪ (@Syed_Emir) - June 8, 2013

    Unfortunately, Nico is definitely not getting a POV. Uncle Rick answered a question from a fellow fan on twitter:-

    @camphalfblood: RT: @NickyMouuse please tell me Nico gets a POV in The House of Hades./”Already PLENTY of POVs, so no. But he has a big part”

    But he does answer another question later on…
    @camphalfblood: RT: @vicmartinezl Would you write a story from Nico’s POV someday? / “That would be fun but I’ve got SO many ideas I’ll never get to them all!”

    Sorry Rebecca!

  13. RELYT - June 7, 2013


    ALSO WHERES THE LINK TO THE FIRST PAGE??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Underworld Visitor - June 7, 2013

    I thiknk the flying things are mutant bats.

    • April - June 7, 2013

      Lol I don’t think those are even in Greek/Roman Mythology… but actually now that I look closer, the bodies kinda look sorta humanoid…idk

  15. April - June 7, 2013

    Okay well apparently Rick tweeted that there are “already LOTS of povs” or something like that, and also that there would be no Nico, which kinda makes sense because I think only the Seven can have POVs.

    So anyways I think for this one there will be 5 POVs (b/c he said there’d be “lots”) which I think will be the Romans (b/c it’s their turn), Leo (“Leo wonders”), and Annabeth (BESIDES the fact that Percy’s narrated more than Annabeth, honestly the Percy and Leo parts are the most interesting to read about since they’re both the funny ones. I think Rick will put at least one of them will be in every book, and if Percy has a POV in this one he wouldn’t have needed to put Leo since that would have made four POVs. Instead, I think he decided to put Annabeth and added Leo to the group when he realized Percy wouldn’t be there. Since he needs either one in every book, but then again this is probably wrong… and definitely long!

    Anyways wow interesting comment about the shackles I’d never noticed that…

  16. Hannah - June 7, 2013

    UK cover looks so much like a Kane Chronicles cover (the UK covers for those are HIDEOUS)
    I know POV spoilers…gah!! Hint: One of you has correctly named the first POV. Maybe in the right place, maybe not. ;) #Trolling :P

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