Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
I thought this was a great finale to the Heroes of Olympus series, and I was of course sad for the series to be over. RR of course brings all the heroes and heroines together for an epic battle against Gaea at Camp Half-Blood and I was just on the edge the whole time.
That being said, I will say that I didn't have the same kind of panic I felt in the Olympian series that gave me the same sort of up and down emotional trauma. That sounds like I need to be traumatized in my book series! I only mean that the battle scenes against Gaea fell sort of flat. She's Mother Earth for crying out loud, I felt like she was built up to be this horrifying monster and then everything was wrapped up so quickly. It didn't feel like it was as traumatic I guess.
I still love all of these characters, and I loved have Nico in the thick of things still. I also liked having Reyna around and seeing their dynamic as well. I thought she was given the short stick a bit, so I enjoyed seeing her and Nico bond over the giant Athena statue. Also, the giant Athena statue? I kept expecting that thing to burst into life -- it was just taunting me the whole time.
Overall, a great read and I loved, loved this series. I fully enjoyed seeing all the old characters again and getting to know these fabulous new ones. I'm also extremely excited about the Trials of Apollo (are you freaking kidding me RR? I keep thinking there's no way he can surprise me, and there he goes...)
4.5 out of 5 stars.