Monday, February 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 250: The House of Hades

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week I am teasing from The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, which I devoured over the weekend. Now to get my hands on book five! I'm sharing a bit more than two lines, in order to show you how easily this book draws one in from the beginning.

During the third attack, Hazel almost ate a boulder. She was peering into the fog, wondering how it could be so difficult to fly across one stupid mountain range, when the ship’s alarm bells sounded.

"Hard to port!" Nico yelled from the foremast of the flying ship.

Back at the helm, Leo yanked the wheel. The Argo II veered left, its aerial oars slashing through the clouds like rows of knives.

Hazel made the mistake of looking over the rail. A dark spherical shape hurtled toward her. She thought: Why is the moon coming at us? Then she yelped and hit the deck. The huge rock passed so close overhead it blew her hair out of her face.


The foremast collapsed—sail, spars, and Nico all crashing to the deck. The boulder, roughly the size of a pickup truck, tumbled off into the fog like it had important business elsewhere.

(Beginning of Chapter one)

SERIES: Heroes of Olympus Book 4
(Percy Jackson series book 9)

Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hdes, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.


Kerry O'Donnell said...

YES!!!! I LOVED this series, and House of Hades was one of the best books in it! The characters were all wonderful, and the story was so action-packed. Two thumbs go WAY up for this one!

Here's My Teaser.

Heather said...

Kerry: Isn't this a good book? I'm glad I started it on a Friday so I could devote an entire weekend to it, including staying up all night Saturday reading. I hope my sister has and is done with the last book when I return this one. MUST KNOW HOW IT ENDS!

Alice Audrey said...

What a wild world. Yeah, it drew me in quickly.

Heather said...

Alice: This series of books definitely wins for imaginative world building, and the adventures always pull me in. I really hope my sister has finished the last book in the series so I can see how it ends sooner rather than later. Of course, I'm still awaiting the last Kingdom Keepers book, too. :-/

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds exciting! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Yvonne said...

Sounds like there is never a dull moment. Lots of adventure.

Laura Thomas said...

I get what you mean. I felt like I was going to crash too! Great writing shows when you already care about the characters and haven't met them yet!
My TT -

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: There is a great deal of excitement in this series, LOL.

Yvonne: No, never a dull moment in this fantasy-adventure series. Definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat!

Laura: Re: great writing... It does indeed! ☺

PD Workman said...

I love Rick Riordan!

This week mine is from a cozy mystery:

Heather said...

PD: I'm looking forward to reading the last book in this series. I hope you saw this week's teaser as well as this older one. ;-)