House Of Hades Summary

Rick Riordan

House Of Hades

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House of Hades is the fourth book in Rick Riordan’s the Heroes of Olympus series. This series is characterized by Riordan’s unique balance of humor and seriousness in the battle of good versus evil. The book brings to life Ancient Greek mythology, as the protagonists are demigods—children of the Greek gods and goddesses. In this young adult novel, seven demigods strive to stop Gaea, the ancient goddess who birthed the Titans, and who is also known as Earth, from waking up and destroying the world as they know it. Each of them have different mythological powers; for example, Percy Jackson—the protagonist of the prequel series—can control water because his father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Their different abilities place them in unique roles throughout House of Hades.

At the beginning of the book, Percy and Annabeth Chase, a daughter of Athena the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, are alone. They have become separated from their friends and allies, and, thanks to Arachne, have fallen into Tartarus at the depths of the Underworld. In addition to being a place, Tartarus is also a deity and married to Gaea. That makes him the father of the Titans who live in the Underworld. The Titans faced off against Percy and his friends in the prequel when their leader, Kronos, tried to take over Mount Olympus and the world. Percy and Annabeth know they have to get out of Tartarus, and begin looking for the fabled Doors of Death. If they can close the portal there, monsters from the Underworld will not be able to return to the mortal world, or Earth. With the portal open, monsters return to the Underworld when they are killed, but they can respawn on Earth to terrorize and attempt to slay demigods.

During their journey through Tartarus, Annabeth and Percy make alliances with a Titan named Bob and a giant named Damasen. Damasen fights against Tartarus, even though he knows it is impossible for him to win, and Bob stands against a monster army with his cat, Small Bob. Both Damasen and Bob sacrifice themselves to allow Percy and Annabeth to escape Tartarus.

While Annabeth and Percy are struggling to free themselves from Tartarus, Coach Hedge, a satyr and servant of Dionysus, and Nico de Angelo, a son of Hades, fly the Argo II to Greece. The Argo II is a ship augmented with mythological powers, and built by Leo Valdez, a son of Hephaestus.

For readers who donot know whom those gods are, Dionysus was the Greek god of wine and the arts—specifically drama. He was often represented by a satyr, which was considered to embody the wildness of man. In Riordan’s books, the satyrs have an additional role, which is to protect the demigods. Hades is one of the big three—sons of Kronos. They are the three most important gods of the Greek pantheon. Hades rules the Underworld and watches over the dead; his brothers are Zeus, god of the sky, and Poseidon. Hephaestus is the god of volcanoes and craftsmanship. As his son, Leo is a talented tinkerer. After Zeus birthed Athena through parthenogenesis—she was born fully grown and armored and popped out of Zeus’s head—Hera, Zeus’s wife and sister,was jealous. She tried to birth a child on her own, but he had a physical deformity, so she threw him down the side of Mount Olympus in an attempt to kill him. He was Hephaestus, who, though spurned by many of the other gods, is also relied upon. For example, Hephaestus crafts Zeus’s lightning bolts.

On the way, Nico and Coach Hedge are set upon by monster after monster, trying to prevent them from reaching Greece. Leo and Hazel Levesque—another child of Hades, though she refers to him by his Roman name, Pluto—are also separated from the group as they try to find the Doors of Death on Earth. The doors are guarded by Clytius, a giant, and Pasiphae, wife of Minos and mother of the Minotaur (a half-man, half-bull). Annabeth and Percy reach the Doors of Death at this time, though they are barely alive. Meanwhile, Nico, along with fellow demigods Frank Zhang (son of Mars, the Roman version of Ares, god of war), Jason Grace (son of Jupiter, the Roman version of Zeus), and Piper McClean (daughter of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty) fight Clytius. The goddess Hecate, who presides over magic and crossroads, helps them.

After Clytius is defeated, Hazel tricks Pasiphae with her abilities as a sorceress. The demigods are together again and they are able to close the Doors of Death. But, they do not close them fast enough, and some of the giants from Tartarus enter the mortal world. The demigods know the giants will go to Gaea, and so they leave on the Argo II to find her in Athens, where their final battle will take place in the next and final book of the series, The Blood of Olympus.