This past week on Oct. 8, House of Hades, a book by Rick Riordan, was first sold in stores. Percy Jackson fans have been waiting for this book since last year on Oct. 2 when the previous book, Mark of Athena, hit the shelves. This series came after the original series of the first three books, The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune and Mark of Athena, have been about Percy Jackson and his friends Jason Grace, son of Jupiter (Greek form Zeus), Annabeth Chase, Daughter of Athena, Piper McLean, Daughter of Aphrodite, Leo Valdez, Son of Hephaestus, Hazel Levesque, Daughter of Pluto (Hades) and Frank Zhang, Son of Mars(Ares).
They are at war against the earth goddess Gaea and her children, the giants. In the last book, Mark of Athena, Percy and Annabeth fell, according to Greek Mythology, into the deepest part of hell, Tartarus. One of the heroes must close the doors of death from within Tartarus to keep monsters from escaping. This would actually trap not only the monsters, but the hero as well.
The book picks up with Hazel keeping a secret obstacle that she must face. Will we figure out what Hazel will face? Will she survive this obstacle? Will Annabeth and Percy make it out of Tartarus? Who will be trapped in Tartarus to die? If you want to find what happens read the book. You can find it at Target and Barnes and Noble for $20.
One of the heroes must give their life and stay in Tartarus to keep the monsters from coming into the mortal world.
This reminds me of Jesus giving his life for us. In Matthew 27:50-54, it says “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook and the rocks were split. And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that took place, were extremely frightened, saying, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!'”
The description of what happened after Jesus died reminds me of Tartarus because there are earthquakes and monsters rising all the time.
Good fiction will always somewhat resemble the truth. As you read The House of Hades, be thankful the Lord Jesus has saved you from living in just such a place.