Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: The Son of Neptune - Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on October 4, 2011
Published by Hyperion
Pages: 513
Read From: 11.4.11 - 11.5.11

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 any 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 her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes 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.


This series started off with a surprisingly fresh bang, considering how many books made up its companion series. I didn't think Riordan could stretch this idea between two series while still maintaining the level of interest Percy Jackson and the Olympians had. The Lost Hero surprised me - pleasantly, I am happy to say - and its sequel was no exception. Picking up where Book One left off, Readers once more meet up with Percy Jackson, but Percy doesn't remember anything, and rather than a world of Greek gods, we get to meet their Roman counterparts. And it's unendingly fun to see the mirror images of those characters we became so familiar with in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Centaurs are bad and the satyrs are homeless dudes begging for money.

This book is packed with the usual amusing humor and non-stop action (which makes for a good book, but not a good movie), and memorable characters. The main flaw I initially saw in this series as a whole was that that storyline is, essentially, the same. The gods are being threatened, and thus the whole world and their many children - the demi-gods - are being threatened as well. In short, the world as we know it (unless you're a regular mortal, because we mortals apparently don't see this otherworld around us) will end, when the ancient and evil power - the only power capable of killing the gods - awakens. The only thing that seems different from the first series is it isn't the Titans who are threatening this time. But Rick Riordan manages to switch things are enough and add unexpected complications that keep even this cliched storyline feeling new.

Nope, Readers, there are no complaints for The Son of Neptune, and I look forward to reading Book Three.

Others in The Heroes of Olympus Series:

1)The Lost Hero
2)The Son of Neptune
3)The Mark of Athena
4)The House of Hades

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