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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

 

The Son of Neptune
The Heroes of Olympus #2
Book 1: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan [also wrote the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, along with The Red Pyramid]

Book 2 of the Heroes of Olympus Series
Book 1: The Lost Hero

Pages: [hardcover] 513

Memorable Quote: “He just said, ‘I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man.’

Favorite Characters: Percy! & Frank

Summary:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem – when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery – although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely – enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes od Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

Review:

 I am eternally, completely in love with the Percy Jackson books. Before The Lost Hero came out, I thought I could only be loyal to the original series. But this spinoff has caught my heart, and already has me begging for the third installment-which won’t come out until the fall of 2012. Why must Rick Riordan do this to me? These books are so addictive, it’s hard  to crave the next one.

While I did love the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, with its introduction of several new characters, I definitely missed Percy. Fans who were angry at his very noticeable absence, fear not! The Son of Neptune made the wait worthwhile, because I realized how much I’d missed him and the funny quips he added to every scene. Not that the other characters were lacking in that, either. Frank and Hazel added to the humorous side of the book, which has always been one of my favorite things. The book had me laughing so hard, I nearly cried!

And once I was finished, I was tempted to pick it up and read it again. It’s one of those books I feel you can read a dozen times and still love it and get something new out of it. For all the anticipation built up over waiting between release dates, this one was definitely worth it. Filled with fantastical settings, strange allies, ugly enemies, and a Pillow Pet with a horrible fate, The Son of Neptune was a great read, and is one of my favorite books. All fans of Percy Jackson or the Heroes of Olympus will not be disappointed! Anyone who hasn’t read these books yet, please do! The mix of mythology and the modern day is something you shouldn’t miss. I give it 5/5 stars.

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