Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

From the publisher:  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 and 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 he 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 in front 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.

From Heather:  A couple weeks ago I reviewed The Lost Hero (You can read it here...I'm sure it was fascinating!)  Anyway, THIS book is the second in the series.  AND it was fabulous!  Just as wonderful, or better, than the first.  (Because it has Percy Jackson!)

I love the new characters.  In the first book, we were introduced to Jason, Piper and Leo.  In THIS book, we are introduced to Percy (who, if you have read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (that I reviewed HERE) you will remember, as he was the main character...obviously...) Hazel and Frank.  

This book picks up where the first one left off, but on the other side of the continent and at a different camp.  Percy and Jason were both leaders in their respective camps, and they have, against their will and without remembering anything about their past, been pulled out of their own camps and placed in the rival one.  The goal is to have both camps work together.  (One camp is for children of the Greek version of the particular Gods and one is for the Roman version)  Can they earn the trust of the enemy?

A wonderful book.  I can't wait until the next one comes out (not until this fall...ugh!  THAT is why I like reading things after they have been out a I don't have to wait to finish the story!)  I give this one 5 stars.  


Misty Moncur said...

I have never read an Percy Jackson. I might actually give this one a try. Thanks!

Rosenbalm Photography said...

I cannot wait to read this series! :) Thanks for the review! You make it hard to wait for my copy of the lightning thief to get here!