Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review: The Son of Neptune

Title: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2011 by Disney – Hyperion
Version: Hardcover (SIGNED!!)
Obtained: Bought

Percy is confused. When he awoke after 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. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. 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. 
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother claims he is descended from ancient 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 help the Fifth Cohort win at war games. His big and bulky physique makes him feel like a clumsy ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough, even, to share the secret he holds close to his heart. 
Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far north as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all of whom are destined to play a part in the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven. 

First Sentence:
"The snake-haired ladies were starting to annoy Percy."


You know, you wouldn’t think that ONE Percy-less book would make me miss him as much as I did. But goodness, it’s nice to have him back.


He’s forgotten everything!!! Well, almost everything. Just as Jason was crazy confused in The Lost Hero, so Percy’s memory is fuzzy.

I did completely love this book, definitely more than The Lost Hero, just because Percy is present.

So you know how in ancient history, there were the Greeks, and then there were the Romans, and they hated each other, and they also had the same gods but with different names? Yeah, that all comes into play in this series.

The one thing I don’t really understand is how the gods are in both Roman and Greek forms. It’s like they are both at the same time and yet they “can’t remember” things they do in their other form. It’s overall just confusing.

BUT somehow Riordan makes all of this work. There are the two sides of the mythical-in-modern-world world, and they hate each other, but now they have to work together. Jason and Percy are sort of peace messengers but they don’t know it. Hera has caused both of them to forget most of their memories and to join the opposite camps. Thus, Percy is now buddy-buddy with the Romans as well as the Greeks, and Jason has built friendships with the Greeks along with the Romans. It’s all pretty complicated.

The Roman camp is pretty amazing, but I’m still a die-hard fan of Camp Half-Blood and all other Greek-oriented things. The Romans are harsh and violent, but also fun and exciting.

The new characters, Frank and Hazel, are amazing. Their backstories are long and complicated, but ultimately show the creative genius that is Rick Riordan.

I am worried about the ending to this book and how it might mess with the relationships. I’m a big fan of: Percy&Annabeth, Jason&Piper, Frank&Hazel.
This book has made me fearful that the second two couples might have some issues with some other folks entering the picture.

Anywho! Read this series! It’s amazingly incredible.

Content Warnings: Nothing, Riordan’s books are always objectionable-content-free reads.


5 Pigs
5 Pigs for the whole series. For Rick Riordan. For Percy Jackson.

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