Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Thoughts On "The Son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan

Source:  Goodreads

From the dust jacket...
"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 wishes 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 in 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."

Rick Riordan
Source:  Goodreads

This is not a stand alone book!  If you want to get the most out of this book, there are other books you must read first...

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

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The Lightening Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

The Heroes of Olympus Series 

Book 1

Book 2
Just finished this one!

And the next book in the series is due out Fall 2012...

The Mark of Athena
Book 3


I loved this book!  Rick Riordan has a way of making you really care about these kids in his books.  The Son of Neptune is full of the humor, action/adventure, history, love and loyalty I loved in all the previous books.  I have to admit that I was a little worried at first.  Maybe it was because it was all new.  Percy didn't remember anything and he was at a Roman demigod camp (Percy is a Greek demigod).  Everything was different...even the name of the gods...same gods-different names.  About 80 pages in though, everything changed, and I was swept away to the world I had so enjoyed from the previous books--the world of centaurs, cyclops, giants, harpies, gods, demigods, Greeks, and Romans.  I think what I love most about these books is the puzzle of it all...trying to figure it out, and then being amazed when it all comes together.


I just thought I'd share a picture of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea and earthquakes.  Poseidon is the father of Percy in Rick Riordan's books.

Source:  wikipedia

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