Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Review: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune


Son of Neptune
Series: Heroes of Olympus #2 
Author: Rick Riordan


Rating: 

Reason chosen:

I love the Percy Jackson series and like many others I was and am happy that its continued.

Summary: (Taken from Indigo.ca)

Demigod Percy Jackson, still with no memory, and his new friends from Camp Jupiter, Hazel and Frank, go on a quest to free Death, but their bigger task is to unite the Greek and Roman camps so that the Prophecy of Seven can be fulfilled.

Good:

I was more than happy to see the return of Percy. Not that I didn’t love the new characters of Piper, Leo, and Jason, but there is just something about Percy that feels like home. Percy is back and it seems better than ever. He’s just as selfless and powerful as ever, with just the right amount of corny jokes. I was also pretty excited about Camp Jupiter and there being a whole new other set of gods, stories, and demigods. Some of these characters are interesting does Octavian remind anyone of Luke? Kind of for me. The character of Frank was a pretty awesome one. His history and powers are pretty cool. I can’t wait for the next book where we see all the characters finally meet up and we get the whole story and whole adventure. It should be one good story....and I bet Jason and Percy start to butt heads I guess we will have to wait and see.

Bad: 

When it came to the character of Hazel I didn’t find anything really special with regards to her character but, by the looks of the last chapter her story and the story of Leo/Sammy is yet to come so she will probably play a larger role in the next book. Also Percy without Annabeth and Grover....it just was a little sad....I miss them in this novel. And the only other thing that wasn’t necessarily bad but just a change I wasn’t impressed with was the amount of ‘romance’ going on between Frank and Hazel...not that there is anything wrong with it but it was just mentioned multiple times almost giving it a sort of overkill, and it’s just something very different from the Percy Jackson series where we barely saw any of it until the last novel.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall Riordan has a great way of writing with not too much description but just the right amount and his adventure was eventful as ever leaving some prophecies hanging in the air making us want to know what they really mean or even what the ending to the burnt prophecy is. He introduces many great characters including good harpies and a pretty awesome horse that even I would love to have while sticking true to the old stories and only giving them a modern twist like the Amazons.


Previously in the series:


Technically there is the Percy Jackson series:
The Lightening Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades #4.5
The Last Olympian


Heroes of Olympus:
The Lost Hero


Next in the Series:


The Mark of Athena ETA: October 2nd 2012

Viewer Type Recommendation: 

For those out there that loved the Percy Jackson series, or even those who like to learn about Greek and Roman mythology.

If you liked this you'll probably love: 

The Percy Jackson series, and maybe The Kane Chronicles all by Rick Riordan.


My Review: Indigo.caGoodreads.com

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