Rick Riordan on Percabeth and "The House of Hades"
Today is the day Rick Riordan fans have been waiting for--the release of Book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series, The House of Hades. This book lives up to the promise of the last three (after an early read we chose it as a Best Book of the Month for October) and jumps in right where The Mark of Athena left off, with Percy and Annabeth plunging toward to their death in Tartarus while the rest of the demigods try to find their way to the House of Hades and the mortal side of the Doors of Death.
Riordan introduces some great new characters: twin dwarves who like to steal shiny objects; Hecate, the goddess of magic and the crossroads; and brings back characters from earlier books--you may remember a certain vampire cheerleader and an Einstein-haired Titan named Bob? The same trademark puns and humor that I've loved in all of the Percy Jackson books are still going strong, and The House of Hades is packed with new adventures and twists, including a showdown with Cupid that reveals Nico's dark secret, and Frank Zhang's true test of leadership. And the end? Well, let's just say that there is more to be done and another amazing book to look forward to...
In the interview below, I talked with Rick Riordan (one of the nicest authors ever) about The House of Hades, Percabeth (think Brangelina), how his life has changed--or not--since he wrote The Lightning Thief, and the next Riordan to become an author.