Last week the final volume of what could be considered this generation’s version of Harry Potter was released: Rick Riordan’s “Blood of Olympus.” For a storyline that spans two sets of five books and about nine years, Riordan set the bar high for himself and his readers, and unfortunately, with what promised to be a climactic ending of Percy Jackson’s story, it fell short.
It all came down to group dynamics, relationships and dictation.
Starting with the bright spots in the chaotic book, the most positive aspects would undoubtedly be the addition of Reyna, one of the many strong heroines, and Nico. Readers might find themselves flipping past the seemingly repetitive chapters featuring the other Seven, to the refreshing adventures and unfolding bond between Reyna and Nico as they race against time to get the Athena Parthenos halfway across the world – a few hundred miles at a time.
But you pay for what you gain, here it is Reyna and Nico’s in-depth dynamic for the shallow romantic relationships between the Seven. To be honest, the relationships had run dry long before this novel – even the iconic couple of Percy and Annabeth lacking their usual zing.
However, these few aspects do little to prepare readers for what can only be described as a hurried, rushed and disappointing ending, made worse by the writing style. Riordan is known for his dry, somewhat subtle humor that brings smiles and disappears at the right time. Except in “Blood of Olympus,” the humor is more akin to a slap in the face and sometimes exchanged for what could have been emotionally charged scenes.
“Blood” didn’t quite come up to par with its nine companions already lining the bookshelf. Perhaps it’s the curse of growing older with a series that the ending seems to be more disappointing than bittersweet, but even so, fans old and new will recognize their favorite characters within the pages, even if it’s just a mere shadow.
Maia Gallagher is a junior at Buffalo Seminary.