Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune (#2 of 5) by Rick Riordan

Published Year: 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Excellent

Book 1: The Lost Hero

"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 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."

We're back with Percy. I kind of had to give it a 5 star. Not that I didn't like Jason and Piper and Leo -- and now that I'm further in the series which, confession time, I already am further along in the series -- I totally love these three characters, but they just aren't Percy. You just can't beat Percy. He's the original. It's like spinning off the Harry Potter series and trying to convince me someone is better than HP. You literally just wouldn't win that argument.

Anyway, on to The Son of Neptune... Totally did not expect a six month time warp. I wil ladmit that I almost let slip some choice four letter words at RR for that one. I can't call it a cliffy and rant (like my last post) since it was like page one when that announcement slapped me in the face, but just know that I was extremely unhappy!

I can't complain too much, because it was still Percy. And he was back with his same sense of humor, and quirky asides, and it was (mostly) wonderful, with a side dish of monster of course.

Plot summary: Percy pops up six months after The Lost Hero with his memory wiped with only one name he can remember: Annabeth. (Won't lie to you, totally swooned over that. I'm a total Percabeth shipper). He ends up fighting his way to the "other" camp -- Jason's camp, where he teams up with Frank and Hazel. Hazel has a pretty interesting/cool backstory that I wasn't expecting, and Frank actually ends up being a wild card too. I definitely appreciated them more than I expected to at the beginning.

We definitely start getting more insight into the two camps and what that will mean for the future of the demigods. I really, really liked this book, even though Percy was not with his usual team (I mean why break a good thing RR? Percy and Annabeth and Grover are like the dream team!), Frank and Hazel were pretty sweet, I'll admit.

5 out of 5 stars.