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The House of Hades is a 2013 fantasy adventure novel written by American author Rick Riordan, based on Greek and Roman mythology. It is the fourth book in The Heroes of Olympus series, preceded by The Mark of Athena and followed by The Blood of Olympus. Roman demigods Jason Grace, Hazel Levesque, and Frank Zhang on their quest to close the Doors of Death, stop the Giants from raising Gaea, and prevent war between Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood. The novel is narrated in third-person, alternating between the points of view by the seven demigods of the “Prophecy of Seven”.
The novel received positive reviews from critics for its more-mature themes compared to previous Riordan novels. During the first week of its release, The House of Hades sold about 350,000 copies, reaching the top of the bestseller lists of The New York Times, USA Today, The Globe and Mail and The Wall Street Journal.
The House of Hades was announced by Rick Riordan through his website on October 20, 2012, two weeks after the launching of The Mark of Athena, the third book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Many of the tourist destinations he visited were included in the series, but because of the conflicting portrayals of Tartarus in literature, the author said that he appealed to his imagination to write the scenes of the underworld. To promote the book, a tour around the United States during the month of release was announced on August 8, 2013. The first chapter was released with the short story “The Son of Sobek” on June 8, 2013, and was made available for free download on Riordan’s website on August 9, 2013.
A video with Riordan reading a part of the first chapter of Annabeth Chase, one of the protagonists, was published in September. In the days prior to the launch, promotional images were released that revealed the characters Nyx and Cupid. The House of Hades was released in the United States by Disney-Hyperion on October 8, 2013, with a first printing of two-and-a-half million copies. The book has been translated into 37 languages and distributed in 36 countries.
A paperback edition containing the short stories “The Crown of Ptolemy” and “The Sword of Hades” was launched in the United States on March 31, 2015. Nico di Angelo and Coach Hedge, are on their way to Greece to find and close the Doors of Death, so that the monsters of Gaea’s army, the primordial goddess of the earth, will not be reborn constantly. Leo goes after them to retrieve his stolen Archimedes’s sphere, and takes an agricultural book belonging to Triptolemus and an astrolabe made by Odysseus as recompense. He also sends the Kerkopes to harass the Roman army massing at Camp Half-Blood.
Triptolemus, having done several favors for the god. Frank receives the blessing of Mars for his heroism in Venice, becoming physically stronger and much more confident. During a later encounter with the bandit Sciron and after a meeting with the goddess Hecate, Hazel successfully learns to manipulate the Mist, a power that alters other people’s reality layers by deceiving them. The god Cupid, guardian of the scepter, refuses to relinquish it until Nico admits that he once had a crush on Percy Jackson.
Piper is still disappointed in her performance and resolves to train in swordsmanship. During the attack, Leo is transported to Ogygia, where he falls in love with Calypso. Although he leaves the island, Leo promises to return for her.
While Leo is detained, the rest of the crew meets with Notus, who helps Jason to realize that he has chosen to be a Greek rather than a Roman demigod, thus settling an internal conflict within himself. Jason later gives up his praetorship to Frank in accordance with this decision. Arriving at the Necromanteion, the reunited crew is attacked by Clytius, Pasiphaë, and a group of their minions.