Review: The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Title: The Son Of Neptune (The Heroes Of Olympus #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication Date: October 4, 20111

Series: The Heroes Of Olympus

Source: Purchased

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Related Reviews: The Lost Hero

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Summary

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 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 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.

Review

I’m not sure what more I need to say in a review other than Percy Jackson is back in The Son Of Neptune. Percy is one of my favorite Middle Grade characters of all time and the world that Rick Riordan creates first, in Percy Jackson And The Olympians, and now in the Heroes Of Olympus series, is just wonderful. I recommend setting aside a day or two for this book because it really is impossible to put down.

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan picks up with the prophecy we learned about in The Lost Hero. Finally, Percy is back from being missing and ends up in a camp similar to Camp Half-Blood, but with a twist. This time it is a Roman camp. I really enjoyed learning about the differences between the camps, such as the way the campers are housed by legions as opposed to godly parent and the differences in the fighting style.

In The Son Of Neptune, we get to know two new heroes who both have interesting back stories, Hazel and Frank. Their stories unfold as they work with Percy on a quest. In the typical style of Rick Riordan, they learn what they are really made of by being brave and selfless in the face of great adversity.

The Son Of Neptune ties together the overarching story of The Heroes Of Olympus which will ultimately bringing the Greek and Roman demigods together for an epic battle. I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. I highly recommend The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan, it is a fun, action packed read, that is full of great characters and an interesting overarching story.  

Summary and cover image from goodreads.