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!
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.
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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