Rick Riordan – The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)

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 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.

RATING

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.

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