Study Guide

The Blood of Olympus

By Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus Introduction

Ever since Ovid sat down to chisel the origins of the gods in The Metamorphoses and Homer sang out the adventure of the ultimate heroes in The Iliad, Roman and Greek mythologies have been barreling forward to this epic conclusion:

A bunch of half-god teenagers saving the world.

Okay, maybe Ovid and Homer didn't quite imagine Rick Riordan's epic Heroes of Olympus series back in a time before books even existed…but readers have been waiting for The Blood of Olympus (2014) ever since Percy Jackson first hit the scene in The Lightning Thief  in 2005. After the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series concluded with The Last Olympian in 2009, it seemed like we'd seen the last of our buddy Percy. But never one to disappoint, Rick Riordan debuted a new series, The Heroes of Olympus, in 2010.

The new series started with The Lost Hero (that lost hero being Percy Jackson), and ends with a bang in this here fifth book, which finally wraps up the prophecy that started it all (there's always a prophecy, isn't there?):

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire, the world must fall,
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

In The Blood of Olympus, we follow those seven half-bloods—Jason, Piper, Leo, Frank, Hazel, Percy, and Annabeth—on a quest to stop the resurrection of Gaea, the earth mother. And the book is big enough to contain more than seven half-bloods, as another plot follows Reyna and Nico trying to return the Athena Parthenos statue to Camp Half-Blood before an all-out war between the Greeks and the Romans goes into full swing.

If there's one thing the Greeks and Romans do well, it's Drama with a capital D—and the conclusion to The Heroes of Olympus series has plenty of it. Rick Riordan has enough books to fill all ten slots on the bestseller list, and The Blood of Olympus might just win the race.

What is The Blood of Olympus About and Why Should I Care?

We've uncovered Rick Riordan's top-secret formula (which he totally shouldn't have shared on Whisper):

God of War the video game – the gore + a modern setting x (five teenagers / Disney marketing magic) = an unputdownable reading experience.

So yeah, we're not going to beat around the bush here. If you started this series, you might as well finish it.

After all, heroes always finish what they've started.

P.S. Want to know why you should care about the whole series? Check out our thoughts on The Lost Hero.

The Blood of Olympus Resources

Websites

Shmoop's on It
We don't usually shout out to ourselves, but we just can't resist this time. We've got all the deets on all the mythological gods and figures right here.

Here Be Heroes
Rick Riordan kinda knows what he's talking about, seeing that he's the author of this series and about a zillion other books. His site has maps, videos, and more.

Articles and Interviews

Pantheon
The Percy Jackson series—the original and Heroes of Olympus—is massive. Here, Rick Riordan talks about what it feels like to wrap it all up.

Building a Mystery
This reviewer takes a look into Nico's mysterious past in The Blood of Olympus.

Video

If You Were a Magical Tree, What Tree Would You Be?
Readers don't ask that ridiculous question…but they do ask others in this video.

Predicting the Future
Here's a fanmade trailer made before the book came out, but it has everything you expect: Blood and Olympus.

Audio

The Sounds of Olympus
Sample the Blood of Olympus audiobook. Does the narrator do five different voices for each POV character?

Heroic Origins
Rick Riordan talks about the origins of the series: writing a book for his dyslexic son.

Images

Good Gaea
This sculpture of Gaea at the Atlantic botanical gardens inspired Gaea. She seems so tranquil and not murderous here…

Atop the Acropolis
Parthenon…not the one in Nashville. (Seriously, there's one in Nashville.)