Disney Announces 2.5 Million-Copy First Printing of #1 Best-Selling Author Rick Riordan's The House of Hades
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today a 2.5 million first printing of The House of Hades, the fourth book in the New York Times #1 best-selling Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. The House of Hades simultaneously releases in hardcover and as an eBook from Disney Publishing's Disney-Hyperion imprint, and as an audio version through Listening Library on October 8, 2013. More than thirty-five million books are currently in print in the U.S. across Riordan's three series from Disney-Hyperion: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. The books have been translated into 37 languages in 36 countries.
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 Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can somehow survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors on 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?
The demigods have no choice. If they don't succeed, Gaea's armies will never die. There is 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.
"Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are still at odds, and time is running out with Gaea on the rise in The House of Hades," said Suzanne Murphy, vice president and publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide. "Rick continues to top himself with each new book. In THE HOUSE OF HADES he will take readers on a roller coaster ride of plot twists and intense action that will leave them breathless with anticipation for the series finale, coming in October 2014."
In support of the release of The House of Hades, Riordan will embark on a multicity tour across the U.S. beginning on the national laydown date, October 8. Exclusive "Camp Half-Blood" and "Camp Jupiter" T-shirts, buttons, and trading cards will be given out at each tour event. The tour events are sold out with the exception of the Southern Festival of Books, which is "first come, first served" seating.
The House of Hades Tour:
- Barnes & Noble (Burlington, MA) - October 8
- Symphony Space (New York, NY) - October 9
- Barnes & Noble (Fairless Hills, PA) - October 10
- Politics & Prose (Washington, DC) - October 11
- St. Louis County Library (St. Louis, MO) - October 12
- Southern Festival of Books (Nashville, TN) - October 13
- Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX) - October 14
- Minnesota Public Radio's Fitzgerald Theater (St. Paul, MN) - October 15
Rick Riordan, Children's Choice Book Award Author of the Year in 2011, is the author of the award-winning New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters, the first two books in that series, were developed into feature films. In 2010 he launched two all-new series that both debuted at #1 on multiple best-seller lists: The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons. For additional information about Rick, visit www.RickRiordan.com.
About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy, and Disney Libros in Spain. DPW publishes a range of children's magazines globally, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW's English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW's digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.
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