THE SON OF NEPTUNE (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“The snake-haired ladies were starting to annoy Percy.”

            From the inside jacket sleeve:

            Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. Somehow he has managed to make it to a camp for half-bloods, but it 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. Now, because of a mistake she made back then, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes 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, but he doesn’t see it. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend. 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 in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. A young adult fantasy adventure. Book two in the Heroes of Olympus series.

            Yes, Percy Jackson is back! I was excited to find he was again among the main characters in this series. Of course, he had no memory of who he was or where he was from and the whole time I sat there yelling at him because I knew who he was.

            Okay, I wasn’t actually yelling out loud…not the whole time at least.

            This is the second book in the series, I reviewed the first book about four or five days ago and you can find it in my archives on my Home page.

            The action in this book is amazing as usual. With more new creatures, Rick Riordan has an imagination beyond most. Yes, the Greeks came up with many of the monsters, but Riordan expounded and made them more of what they are. This is my opinion.

            There is so much going on already and we’re only in the second book.

            Percy remembers Annabeth but has no idea who she is.

Hazel isn’t originally from this time period—that was an interesting idea. To have come back from the dead, Hazel is a very intriguing character.

Frank, he’s cool. I love genealogies and Frank has a fascinating one. To have come from so many different countries in his ancestral tree, he’s quite a character. It is no wonder he does seem a bit of, as the book says, a “klutz.” But this just endears him more. Who knows, he’s young, maybe he’ll grow into himself.

            I enjoyed this young adult tale of heroes. Getting to know new people as they mingled with my old friends was fun too. If you’ve read the first series you already know what a great writer Rick Riordan is. You know the style—though this series is a bit different in its chapter setup—the comedic along with action-packed, life-threatening scenes will keep you enthralled.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: THE SON OF NEPTUNE.

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