The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero

by Rick Riordan

Series: "The Heroes of Olympus" #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 12th 2010
by Disney Hyperion




Jason has a problem. He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she's his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids." What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all-including Leo-related to a god.


Child of Lightning, beware the earth,
The giants’ revenge the seven shall birth,
The forge and dove shall break the cage,
And death unleash, through Hera’s rage.

This is nothing like the Percy Jackson series.

Yes, it is the set in the same world as the Percy Jackson series. But it’s not the same. Percy’s humor, his blossoming romance with Annabeth, his friendship with Grover…all of what makes the original series so wonderful have disappeared.

Instead, the story shifts to three new demigods as they go on an entirely new quest – this time not against Kronos, but Gaea; Mother Earth herself. Unfortunately, these three demigods do not nearly have the wonderful group dynamics that Percy, Annabeth and Grover did – and I can’t help but want them (and all the other original characters) back.

The story starts with a bang as three demigods – Piper (daughter of Aphrodite), Jason (son of Zeus) and Leo (son of Hephaestus) – are rescued by a satyr and brought to Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that an evil force is on the move. Hera has been captured by the Titans, and unless the three demigods can rescue her by the Winter Solstice, then an evil bigger than anything Olympus has ever seen before will be woken…

But that’s only half of the plot. The second half? That regards the lost hero mentioned in the title – who is none other than Percy Jackson. Percy has been missing for 3 days now, and no one has any idea where he could be. And even worse? The Olympian gods have ceased all contact with the mortal world – and that includes all demigods. Without the help of the gods, how are the demigods expected to stop Gaea and her forces?

Jason wakes up on a schoolbus, holding hands with a girl, who he quickly learns is his girlfriend Piper. He has no memories of his life before this moment, and before he knows it, he’s being whisked off to a camp for half-bloods – where he learns that his father is none other than Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Piper is scared. Her father has been missing for three days, and if he vivid nightmares are any indication, he’s in terrible danger.  But the oddest revelation is yet to come: when she’s taken to a place called Camp Half-Blood, she learns that her missing mother is actually Aphrodite.

When Leo is taken to Camp Half-Blood, he couldn’t be more happy. It’s so much better than the boarding school for troubled children he was attending with Jason and Piper. And the best part? Apparently his love of tools must come from his father – who Leo is ecstatic to learn is actually Hephaestus.

Despite not liking this quite as much as the original Percy Jackson series, I still think this is a very intriguing spin-off and am interested to see where the story goes from here; especially after that twist at the end of the story. Hopefully Percy and Annabeth will be reunited soon! 😉


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