Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy
Status: Fifth book in the Heroes of Olympus Series
Publication Date: 2014
Page Count: 516
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This is the final book in a series so I will skip the synopsis to avoid spoiling you wherever you may be in the series!
I must say, I was very disappointed with this finale! I loved The Percy Jackson series and the rest of this series, but I had a lot of issues with this book! I will also say that I seem to be the minority and lots of people loved this book, so it's definitely still worth a try if you have read the rest of the series.
I thought this book was too long and unnecessary! Nothing crucial to the over-all plot that has been building for four books happens until the last one hundred or so pages of the book! All of the little battles and quests seemed to be there just to take up page space before the big show-down. I found the climax to be a little, well anti-climatic and I knew how the book was going to end so I didn't understand why it took five hundred pages to get there.
I also thought it was odd that Riordan chose to tell this final book through Jason, Leo, Nicco and Renya's POV. The other characters who didn't have a POV were pretty much non-existent for the entire book. In fact, I forgot Frank was even a character in this series until about two hundred pages into the novel! I enjoyed Nicco's POV, but I would have loved for the series to end with either Percy or Anabeth's POV.
I must admit, I skim read the last thirty or so percent of this book because I just couldn't get into it. I just wanted to know the end and then move on. I thought this series finale was a little safe, as Riordan had been dropping hints before the book's release that made it sound like the ending was going to be revolutionary and devastating. The humor was still great, and I really loved the first four books in this series, but I think this series was just one book too long for me. I think you should still read it if you have read the rest of the series, and like I said, a lot of people really loved this conclusion.
Part of it may have been my mood, I was feeling impatient and wanting to move on to other things on my shelf because this just wasn't holding my attention. I may come back and revisit it in the future. But for now, I am looking forward to Riordan's newest series which starts this year.
What did you think of this finale? Are you excited for Magnus Chase?