Review: Heroes of Olympus – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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Heroes of Olympus – The Son of Neptune 

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin Books

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Adventure, Friendship, Children

Pages: 521

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

The SECOND title in this number one, bestselling spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan.

This crazy messed up world of gods and monsters is Percy Jackson’s reality, which pretty much sucks for him.

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.

But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.

Only one thing is certain – Percy’s questing days aren’t over. 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 . . .

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Percy finally appeared, but because of the last book, I kinda got attached to the three new characters we were introduced to. I really wanted to read about them some more, but instead we got a couple more new characters (who are also awesome).

I did enjoy more the last book just because I didn’t figure out where the series where going with it, and I don’t like that much about reading about different characters every book. Yes, it will all come together afterwords but still….
This book was still funny and all but the action started in my opinion so late…
Anyway I still loved to know about the characters, they are amazing, the quiz was pretty awesome, and I am really pumped up to read where this is going now! Oh and I love the writing super much!

!WARNING: SPOILERS ahead!!

 

THE CENTRAL IDEA

This book starts with Percy. Yes, finally!!!

The snake-haired ladies were starting to annoy Percy. they should have died three days ago when he dropped a crate of bowling balls on them at Napa Bargain Mart. hey should have died two day ago when…

well you got the point, Percy is back and in action! before than happened he had kinda the same of Jason.

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 any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from is past is another name: Annabeth.

So he is as amnesic has Jason, and contrary of Jason he goes to camp Jupiter, the Roman Camp. Where I meets Hanzel and Frank literally at the entrance and make friends with them.

Obviously they will go on a quest to save a bit of the world from Gaia, again. And hopefully get back to camp in time to help there and be recognized, because he will of sure need that.

THE MAIN CHARACTERS

Percy

They all ordered massive plates of eggs, pancakes, and reindeer sausage, though Frank looked a little worried about the reindeer. “You think it’s okay that we’re eating Rudolph?”

“Dude,” Percy said, “I could eat Prancer and Blitzen, too. I’m hungry.”

Same old Percy right?! his part was so funny!! Haha (I just had to include this here). So Percy really makes friends in this camp, especially Hazel and Frank, who will help him not only here but in the adventures that are to come.

Hazel

“You speak horse?” Hazel asked.
“Speaking to horses is a Poseidon thing,” Percy said. “Uh, I mean a Neptune thing.”
“Then you and Arion should get along fine,” Hazel said. “He’s a son of Neptune too.”
Percy turned pale. “Excuse me?”

Hazel, the daughter of Pluto, form some centuries ago 😛 Hanzel was supposed to be dead. But her brother Nico brought her back! (that Nico!) She is amazing!! But, she has a curse, overtime she fells a bit more emotional, valuable rocks pop up from the earth… But is that still a curse?

Frank

Frank shook is head. He was no prince or hero. He was a lactose-intolerant klutz, who couldn’t even protect his friend from getting kidnapped by wheat.

Oh no. He is so much more than that. He is Chinese, Canadian, … No really,  he can be anything! And plus he is super cute with Hazel!! And a really good friend. I liked to see how much he developed since the beginning of the book till the end.

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Also, I liked super much to know a bit of some gods, for example Mars is pretty cool, more than Ares in my opinion

“There!” Mars finished writing and threw the scroll at Octavian. “A prophecy. You can add it to your books, engrave it on your floor, whatever.”
Octavian read the scroll. “This says, ‘Go to Alaska. Find Thanatos and free him. Come back by sundown on June twenty-fourth or die.’”
“Yes,” Mars said. “Is that not clear?”

And also Iris, I was totally not expecting the ROFL… And she is pretty cool!! Kind of hippie style 😛

Always eating junk food and heroes. They’re so unenlightened. I couldn’t them tromping through my store, tearing up things and disturbing my feng shui.

Also we meet Ella. She is so cute and intelligent.

‘Cinnamon rolls are good for harpies,’ she said. ‘June twenty-forth is a good day. Roy Disney’s birthday, and Fortuna’s Feast, and Independence Day for Zanzibar. And Tyson.’

PLOT DEVELOPMENT

This book was pretty good, but the quest started pretty late… But we had time to see a lot of the characters history.

SETTING

I loved how Alaska is introduced, and the roman camp, and I loved how realistic it all seemed. Also,  Hazel’s new horse Arion, the fastest of the planet, he made it seem pretty realistic, since from Alaska to San Francisco it took 4 hours and not like 2 minutes.

 

THINGS I LIKED

  • Percy Jackson happened.
  • New Characters: Haze and Frank especially.
  • You get to know a bit more of some gods
  • Tyson and Ella

THE THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE

✘ The quest developed super late.

FINAL WORDS

I loved this book still, and I am really intrigued for the next one since is the mark of ATHENA.

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What’s your favorite character from the new ones? 

For me is most probably Hazel… She has a super cool power and a super different story!

 

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