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The first chapter of House of Hades, the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series, has been released online for everyone to enjoy!

You can read the chapter right here.

The first chapter of House of Hades begins in Hazel’s point of view. She is joined by Nico and Leo as they sail on the Argo II across the sky. Unfortunately, some mountain gods aren’t too happy they’re invading their air space, and start hurtling boulders at them.

The crew of the Argo II had been travelling like that for several weeks, constantly bombarded with attacks by various mythical monsters. Their goal? To reach Epirus, the House of Hades.

If they can get there, they can save Annabeth and Percy from Tartarus, which is what they fell into at the end of The Mark of Athena. But there will be a difficult challenge waiting for them, one that Nico told Hazel not to speak about. Luckily, her horse Arion comes to their rescue, and he may just have a solution that could save them all.

Check out the full synopsis of The House of Hades below:

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

If you’re interested in seeing the author Rick Riordan on tour for House of Hades, why not see where he’ll be stopping.

House of Hades will be released on October 8.

What do you think of the first chapter of ‘House of Hades’?

  • Dobbythefreeelf

    Omg I cannot wait!

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    I have to finish reading The Mark of Athena before I can read this. I’ve been reading it online, but I want to have the actual book. It just makes me angry that I can’t get it in paperback to match the rest of the series. It has to be hardcover and it’ll be mismatched.

    • Chelsea

      I understand your plight. :/ I hate that too.

    • Esmeblabbed

      I have the same problem with Harry Potter. The second and seventh books are in hard cover and the rest are paperback.

      • Percy K

        No bicht its all about Percy Jackson

        • harry potter and percy jackson

          thats rude percy jackson and harry should have same respect

    • simon

      i got the first five in paperback box set and i have the lost hero, the son of neptune and the mark of athena in hardback. i also have the demigod files and the demigod diaries which has all the percy jackson short stories in

    • Gryffindork

      I know, I have the Lost Hero and the Son of Neptune in paperback, but my copy of the Mark of Athena is in hardcover.

      • Minecrafter

        I have all in hardcover for heroes of olympus. i dont get y u guys are complaining about hardcover and not hardcover. it really doesnt matter!

    • Jesusfreak

      Ha, all of my books have hardcovers so mine all matches. Besides I love the book covers on the front. I always take mine off while reading so as not to ruin it.

      • Minecrafter

        IT DOESNT MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Winkyxx

    Accio October!

    • Hamzah Shafiq

      You’re mixing up your fandoms, but yeah, I feel you bro.

  • Kate Lin

    Honestly I was hoping for Nico’s POV I’m not a big fan of Hazel but she did say that Percy Jackson was the demigod she admired the most so… Either way… Brilliant!!!

  • Percyjacksonlover360

    I can’t wait for house of hades!!
    PERCY JACKSON IS GOD

    • pudding bowl

      ok seriously dont push it!

    • simon davies

      no he turned down that offer in Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian. :D

    • The??man

      No PERCY JACKSON IS DEMI GOD :D

    • Minecrafter

      i agree with u percyjacksonlover. percy is awesome. i also can not wait. ive read all of the percy jackson books, all of the heroes of olympus, and im finishing the kane chronicles. I LOVE RICK RIORDAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Shopie

        Me reading the mark of athena The begining :). The middle. •o•. The end. T^T

        • Minecrafter

          niccccccccccce.

    • John

      Demigod actually

    • pj reader

      no he refused in he end of his series zeus asked if he wanted to but he wanted to stay with annabeth

    • HOCKEYSTICK

      No, he’s not. He’s just a fake person.

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  • Keila

    I LOVE ALL OF THE PEOPLE BUT MOSTLY NICO.

    • pudding bowl

      nico, leo and percy r awesome!!!

      • Minecrafter

        Agreed.

      • ytrfvcy

        ya

      • Nico,PercyandLeo:)

        Amen my friend!!

  • sapphire

    OH MY GOSH I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shinta

    More Leoooooo….

  • simon davies

    really wanted the first chapter from percy or annabeth point of view.

    • socramneffets

      Who wouldn’t lol from the two ppl that just fell into tartarus and the stongest demigod or the 5 ppl taking a boat ride to greece

      • morgen

        ^this doe

  • lalalalalala

    my birthday!

    • noobbbbbbb3

      um so

  • JULIANA

    i so can’t wait for HOUSE OF HADES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sapphire

    OMG!!!!!!! WHY DOES RICK RIORDAN ALWAYS LEAVE ME HANGING????? It seems that when when we are just about to get to the good part…. THE CHAPTER ENDS!!!!!
    Man and I know that the Son of Sobek is going to be in this book so Im super exited. I SO can’t wait for the FREAKING BOOK TO COME OUT ALREADY!!!

    • Minecrafter

      the son of sobek is a limited time extra short story in the third kane chronicles book not in house of hades, stupid.

      • PERCABETH INFINITY

        Hey why did you call her stupid?

        • Minecrafter

          Cuz. and nice username. percabeth. thats smart

      • ILOVEU

        Um. . .

    • Basketball123

      Too,true

  • Emerald

    I love and hate rick Riordan. I love him for writing the books, and I hate him for leaving at the best part. He’s so evil…

  • Coutique

    Dam! I want to read it so bad I’m literally like crying.

    • Minecrafter

      Seriously? crying? i get yor point but crying is a little overboard

  • alliroo

    everybodys all< LEOOO!! PERCYYY!! or NICOOO!! and im like FRANKKK!!

  • lermaniac

    I’m just DYING to know what Percy and Annabeth are gonna face in Tartarus.. October seems too far away :/

    • Minecrafter

      i also want to no wat they will have to face in Tartarus. maybe he might have to fight titans, or monsters from Kronos’s already creamed army. that would be interesting

  • RedRed

    hay guys, what if Percy meets Kronos in Tartarus… you now the super duper bad titan that tried to destroy humanity, bue luke and percy banished him… why am I the only one who thought of that?

    • Kaley

      Oh my god! Why didn’t I consider this?

  • SpawnofAnarion

    Why couldn’t we start out with Nico?!?!?!???

  • The??man

    Aw should have been Tartus D:

  • Tariq

    I can’t wait, such cliffhanger last book I need to know what happens now!

  • halftone1118

    I agree with u percyjacksonlover360, i cant wait for the House of Hades. and like most of the people who responded, I don’t like cliff hangers either. The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and the first 3 books of the The Hero’s of Olympus are great. other than the harry potter books, I’ve never found another book that’s as interesting as them in my 17 years.

    • Minecrafter

      I FLIPPIN’ HATE CLIFFHANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Shopie

        Me too!

  • Nathaneil evans

    So happy looks great

  • demigodfan123

    why does rick keep percy fans hanging! argh! people say that percy will die..but that will lose rick like thousands of fans sooo he better not kill percy or annabeth

    • zaza

      Your right demigodfan123.

  • Francis Jomari Severino

    yeah…does this things have eBooks?

    by the way, nice books you got there

  • waffle

    uncle rick here is a troll.
    a TROLL.

  • Eileen Vara

    October 8th. That’s so close. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    • Minecrafter

      I NO RIGHT!!!!!!!

  • ilovepercyjackson

    I WISH THE BOOK WOULD COME OUT ALREADY. apparently the book after house f Hades is coming out next year. I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG! AHHHHHHHHHH

    • Minecrafter

      there is no fifth heroes of olympus book, moron. whered u get that info!?!?!?!? ya right, fifth book? thay would have closed the doors of death by the end of the 4th, obiously.

  • Minecrafter

    Did anyone go and see the sea of monsters? i loved it!! i bet when they come out with the fifth movie ill bee 16 because it took like a year and three quarters to come out with the second once the first one was out!

    • PercyJacksonistheone

      The book is WAAAAAAAYYYY better than the movie….

      • Minecrafter

        is not, idiot

  • Minecrafter

    me and my cousin are Percy Jacksons BIGGEST FANS! nobody is bigger fans than us. i want to meet rick riordan so bad. he says in the kane chronicles that his books are from real recordings that the actual Carter and Sadie Kane mailed to him. i wish i could ask him if that was true. i have an ENORMOUS curiousity! i wat to no so bad!!! i want to no! i want to no! i want to no! i want to no! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • 3gtbrthnyjm7io.,p

      I am a biger fan then youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Minecrafter

        R NOT IM OBSESSED WITH PERCY JACKSON IM WICKED OBSESSED WITH MINECRAFT AND VIDEO GAMES AND I WOULD NEVER PLAY VIDEO GAMES AGAIN IF I COULD HAVE PERCY AS A BROTHER AND THATS SAYING A LOT I WOULD PLAY MINECRAFT 24/7 IF I COULD THATS HOW MUCH I AM OBSESSED WITH PERCY JACKSON IN YOR FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Minecrafter

        yor username is so random and super suckish by the way

  • Minecrafter

    can someone please reply my messages? i want them to be replied!!!

    • dc2er2rv24rv2vr

      I also don’t get it ether. What’s the big deal ?

      • Minecrafter

        im actullay getting replys now. i was just being im patiant, i guess. i wouldnt get off the website the first time i descovered this website so thats probably y. i visit it every once and a while to check on what people say

  • Minecrafter

    i wonder if theyre ever gonna come out with heroes of olympus movies or kane chronicle movies. that would be cool!

    • WhatTheHell

      no, actually it wouldn’t, seeing as how they totally fucked up the first two movies, id die if they made these AWESOME books in to movies.

      • Minecrafter

        the 2 movies were awesome, moron. how could you possibly not like them?!?! u r a really big moron

        • slythian

          yah but i hate that they left the ares fight out of the first movie

          • FanOfLeo

            No the movies butchered the storyline of both movies, they are train-wrecks with mediocre effects at best.

      • Minecrafter

        ur sucky

  • Rick Riordan

    Somebody does die in the House of Hades You will have to read to find out who

    • Minecrafter

      OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO RICK I AM YOR BIGGEST FAN IVE READ ALL OF PERCY JACKSON BOOKS ALL OF HEROES OF OLYMPUS SO FAR AND IM FINSHING THE KANE CHRONICLES. ARE THE RECORDINGS OF THE KANE CHRONICLES REAL!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? IM SO CURIOUS PLEESE RESPOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Minecrafter

      you r awesome Rick!! are u gonna make another god related series? id love that!!!!!! so by the way, are the kane chronicle recording real!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?please tell me!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Minecrafter

      r they gonna finish the Percy Jackson Movies and make Heroes of Olympus and/or Kane Chronicles????????? i bet theyd be awesome!!!

  • Jake

    That first chapter was GREAT! i am expecting a lot from this book

  • NinjaWaterLily

    Reyna Rules!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Minecrafter

      is not!!!!! shes the one whos leeding the roman army to camp half blood! how could u think she rules?! (sarcasticly) YOU MUST HATE CAMP HALF-BLOOD!!!!!

      • NinjaWaterLily

        I know what you mean. I just think she’s cool.

      • NinjaWaterLily

        First of all, I don’t hate Camp Half-Blood. Don’t get me wrong but I think Reyna would be a cool person to hang out with

  • Uddhriti Bhowmick

    awsm chapter cant wait to read the whole !!

  • Anonymous

    Me: Yay, I’m done reading The Mark of Athena! On to the next book.

    Rick Riordan: Muahhaha It comes out…. NEXT YEAR!!!
    Me: WHAAAAAAAAT?!?!
    (2013)
    Me: Time to pre-order… And read the whole series again, because I forgot what happened.

  • [NoM]Baron

    Scared that heroes of olympus will also come to end, rick please keep writing books like these for another one century, coz they’ll awesome.

  • PercyJacksonistheone

    I absolutely canNOT wait!! Hey, what if Gaea puts a curse on Hazel and makes her the age she’s supposed to be… 95 !! Oh mah gosh so excited!!

    • Minecrafter

      thats actually pretty smart but very unlikely

  • tashaaaa

    7 days omg omg omg i am dying!!!

    • Minecrafter

      October 5th!!!!!!!!!!!! so close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PERCABETH INFINITY

    OMIGODS IT CAME OUT TODAY!!!

    • Minecrafter

      DID NOT. IT COMES OUT OCT. 8TH.DUH

  • 2DAYS

    OH MAH GAWDS
    2 DAYS LEFT

  • NinjaWaterLily

    Keep calm and love NICO DI ANGELO

  • thedivergentdemigod

    I’ve got a dam problem, you know like at the hoover dam with Zoe and Thalia? Anyway I cant wait until I can get this book!!!

  • Minecrafter

    hey everybody!!!! i got the book like a week ago. im almost done it!! its awesome! im at the part where Percy & Annabeth reach the Doors Of Death. theres 583 pages, and im at page 480 or somewhere around there, i think. dont worry. i wont spoil any thing. and if you want to know about stuff that u havent read, TOO BAD. but seriously, the book is addicting.

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