The Son of Neptune

Zoe N. | October 26, 2013 | Review

The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune

by Rick Riordan

Series: "Heroes of Olympus" #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 4th, 2011
by Disney Hyperion

three-half-stars

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Summary:

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to kill monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is a single name: Annabeth.

Only one thing is certain: he and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all - The Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it's not just their camp at risk. Percy's old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed...

Review:

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.

While I definitely liked this a bit more than its predecessor The Lost Hero (because, yeah, Percy is back!) I still don’t think I’m enjoying this spinoff series as much as the original series. However, like all of Riordan’s books, this is still undoubtedly an action-packed and exciting read, and I can’t wait to see how the characters from books one and two end up coming together.

In The Lost Hero, we are introduced to 3 demigods – Jason, Piper, and Leo – all sure to play a part in the cryptic Prophecy of Seven. But who are the other four?

The answer to this question just to happens to be found across the country from Camp Half-Blood in California, where there is another camp (“Camp Jupiter”) – this one specifically for Roman demigods…

The Son of Neptune starts with Percy Jackson, who has waken from a deep sleep with no memories of his past, except for one name: Annabeth. Miraculously, he manages to make it to Camp Jupiter, where he finds he is the son of Neptune. Assisted by two demigods, Hazel (the daughter of Pluto) and Frank (the son of Mars), the three are sent to Alaska, where they must stop the rise of Gaea.

Hazel and Frank are both compelling new characters added to the story. With Hazel’s sad and complex backstory and Frank’s struggle to fit in anywhere, Riordan has created two new characters that you can’t help but sympathize with. The blossoming romance between the two is also quite sweet, and completely contrasted from that of Jason and Piper in the previous book.

In traditional Rick Riordan style, the world-building is complex and well thought-out. The way Riordan notes the cultural difference between Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome is fascinating, and his ability to transfer Roman and Greek mythology into a more modern context is, like always, spotless.

While I can’t say I like this series as much as Riordan’s original series, it is still filled with action and romance without a moment for you to breathe. Despite this, I am still highly anticipating seeing where Riordan takes the series next – especially after the huge cliffhanger and revelations given at the end of the story.

three-half-stars

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