Percy Jackson is back. Yippee!! He is my all time favorite character in this series. I missed him so much from the previous book in the series. Similarly to Jason, he doesn’t have any memory either. However he has a slightly easier job. For one he has somebody who knows about demigods and can help with directing him in the right direction and also he is close to the roman camp. There he tries to find out as much as he can about his past.
Since this story takes place mostly in the roman camp there is a lot of new element, and an entirely new background to discover. It is astonishing how much difference is between the two seemingly similar cultures. How even the gods personalities are completely different from their counterparts. It is intriguing and exciting to follow through this process. The kids in the roman camp have different view and customs. There are a lot of problems that didn’t come to light in the first book but still somehow our new teams work in the way of the Prophecy of the seven.
Percy gets on a quest with his new teammates to find and recover a symbolic item of theirs. Once more we meet a lot of new player in the game. Among them Hazel and Frank are the most important and detailed characters. Personally I didn’t like either of them. They are not solid enough for me. They have special abilities and eventful past but they just feel ordinary for me. Jason team was so much more interesting. However their adventure is full of action and surprises. The author still can create something original and unique after 6 books in the same category and world. It’s an amazing page turner, well mostly.
Unfortunately, in the middle of the story the plot became a bit dull. The multiple points of view in this case took the story in the wrong direction. There are so much different layers to this one that the main thing gets out of focus. The characters in this book are too similar to each other and don’t have enough place to improve their personalities. I didn’t like Hazel and Frank chapters; they are slow and rather boring. Some of them I simply skipped over.
Although the last third of the plot is marvelous and spot on in every way. The fight scenes are so good and detailed, unbelievably exciting. Rick Riordan writes vivid and authentic battle scenes. I loved every minute of it.
And it’ ends with a cliffhanger. No way! What? When it gets to the best part? I couldn’t believe it. If you think about it a bit the first 2 book are an overly long prologue to the real adventure what is yet to come.