on January 22, 2012
This is a really fun second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. It is true to Riordan's style of fun, mystery and adventure with humour and mythology. I read it to my son and he was riveted, often laughing so hard we had to stop and re-read parts.
Like the last book in this series, there's both Greek and Roman mythology. I love how Riordan incorporates both, staying true to the spirit of each.
And Percy Jackson fans will be happy to have Percy back. It is great to see him again, but I like how he shares the spotlight with Hazel and Frank, kids from Camp Jupiter, the Roman demigod camp. They are great additions, they have complications of their own, but this only makes us feel for them even more.
There are also some great tensions set up between some of the characters and not all of the mysteries are solved, leaving the way for the rest of the series. I know when we finished, my son made me look up when the next book is coming out - he can hardly wait until the fall.
These are such great books for kids, they hit on so many of the things they like wacky funny parts, suspenseful adventure, and they are true to ancient mythology while being relevant and fresh. They are also challenging and engaging enough for younger readers and entertaining enough for older readers.
"The Son of Neptune" is the second in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, and features the return of Percy Jackson, albeit a Percy Jackson with amnesia. He finds himself in the Oakland Hills, being chased by two gorgons who keep coming back to life no matter how often he kills them. He is saved by Hazel and Frank, two kids who turn out to be the children of Pluto and Mars, respectively, and Percy himself is taken in at Camp Jupiter as the son of Neptune, as opposed to Poseidon. Of course a quest awaits; in this case, Gaea the Earth Goddess is awakening and plans to destroy the gods and humans with the help of the titans; in the meantime, she's kidnapped Thanatos, the Greek god of Death, and therefore individuals who have been killed can be brought back to life again. It's up to Percy, Hazel and Frank to find Thanatos and free him, with the consequences of failure being, essentially, the destruction of the Earth.... I'm enjoying this series, although not as much as the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians books; Roman gods and demigods just aren't as much fun as the Greek equivalents, to my mind. This novel features Riordan's breakneck pacing and breathless adventure, while also permitting the reader to become acquainted with the characters with some degree of depth, a feat that can be difficult to manage if there's too much action going on all the time. Riordan handles that aspect of story-telling deftly and as usual, he leaves one waiting with bated breath for the next installment in the series. Recommended, but you'll need to have at least read "The Lost Hero," Book 1 in the Heroes of Olympus series, before tackling this one, and it's even better if you've read the five books of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians cycle as well.
on December 12, 2011
I like the flow of the story where we read from the different points of Percy, Hazel and Frank. I've seen the movie Percy Jackson and the Ligtning Thief and after watching and enjoying the movie I bought the first book. As always I loved the book more so than the movie, and ended up getting the entire box set.
Now I believe the The Heroes of Olympus is a spin-off series of the Percy Jackson series so I don't know much about it.
We follow Percy, son of Neptune, Frank son of Mars, and Hazel daughter of Pluto as they go on a quest to release Death from the clutches of evil Earth Goddess Gaea! If you don't know much about mythology then not to worry because Rick writes with extreme detail that is on par with J.K. Rowling herself.
I find myself giggling reading some of the witty banter that Percy projects. It's that good! If you're a Harry Potter fan be sure to check this series out. Mythology, mystery, adventure and romance all in one epic read!