Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: The Son of Neptune



Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes of Olympus #2
Pages: 521
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5

Summery:
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 and 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 Prophesy of Seven.

Review:
The last book of Rick Riordan’s I read was The Throne of Fire, and, to put it lightly, it sucked.  So I was kind of nervous before I started this book because I really wanted it to be amazing.  It was.

Rick Riordan is a magician.  Seriously, he is.  He has ten mythology books out, and somehow, in each book, he comes up with a completely original, imaginative, action-filled story.  I honestly have no idea how he does it, and the best guess I can come up with is that he really is a magician.  This book had an amazing idea, amazing story line, AMAZING writing, and perfect staging, all leading up to a breathtaking climax.  A perfect story.  I will admit that at some points I was lost because I completely forgot most of what happened in the first book, The Lost Hero, because I read it so long ago, but as the story progressed, my memory, like Percy’s, gradually returned, so I eventually caught on.  The ending set up a third book perfectly, and I am expecting an amazing story.

I haven’t read many books with guys as the main character, but I must admit that Percy is my most favorite.  He is soo fierce, CUTE, and kick-ASS.  I just love him!
While I didn’t like him as much as Percy, I did like Frank.  I loved how he grew over the course of the story, from a low-confidence sap to a fierce warrior.
I also really like Hazel.  She’s so kick-butt and feisty, she is my second favorite character in this story.

This book is a huge improvement over Riordan’s last book, and I really can’t wait to get my hands on another of his stories.

What do you guys think?

2 comments:

  1. :) I love Riodan's greek and roman mythology books too! Hazel was a wonderful new character!

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  2. My teen daughter just finished reading (and really enjoyed!) an eBook called Hear by Jacqueline Abelson. Great plot, interesting characters and a real message of self– empowerment. Here’s the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/HEAR-ebook/dp/B0084V2WVC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1337991481&sr=1-1

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