The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The illustrations for Riordan’s books are always dynamic and plot-relevant, but I must nitpick by saying that this one is a bit spoilery. I realized as soon as the eagle was mentioned that Percy must go find it, because of the illustration.
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 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 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 infront 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 of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.
This is the second in the series. I believe there are to be five books in the series, but there are currently four out. The series makes much more sense if you’ve read the original Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.
Riordan’s writing is so much fun–action-packed and amusing, not to mention clever.
Roman Pantheon! Just as the original Percy books introduced readers to the Greek gods and goddesses, these books introduce the Roman versions of the same deities and the differences between them, as well as a few deities that aren’t shared. For example, the Romans didn’t like seafaring very much, so they weren’t super fond of Neptune.
Mythology Inside Jokes! Do I have to elaborate on that?
Ensemble Cast! In the first series, Percy was unequivocally the main character. In this series, Riordan goes for more of an ensemble feel, switching viewpoints between chapters, and giving other characters chances to shine.
Filled with fun and adventure, Riordan remains true to form with this installment of the series. A minor nitpick–the characters pretty much all sound the same, so it’s good that each chapter is prefaced with the viewpoint character’s name. However, that is not enough to keep me from enjoying it all thoroughly.
Borrowed from work, because I am poor and live in a small apartment.