Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Percy is confused. When he awoke after 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. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. 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.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother claims he is descended from ancient 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 help the Fifth Cohort win at war games. His big and bulky physique makes him feel like a clumsy ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough, even, to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far north 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 of whom are destined to play a part in the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven.

My thoughts:
I am enjoying this new series.  I like that it is taking the characters from the Percy Jackson series and adding in new elements to keep it fun and exciting.  It  has kept the books from getting stale or feeling like the characters are doing the same thing again.

In book one Jason woke up with no real memory of who he is and where he was before being on a  class field trip.  Anabeth comes and take him, along with Piper and Leo, back to Camp Half Blood.  This time it is Percy who wakes up and find his way to Camp Jupiter, the camp for the Roman Demigods.  He is continually thrown by things being not as he thinks they should be.  Fawns as lazy beggars and Centaurs fighting for the enemy.  All campers, regardless of parentage rooming and fighting together in cohorts.  The problem is he can't remember why these things don't seem right.

Jason, Hazel and Frank go on a quest to Alaska to look for the Golden Eagle that was lost decades ago in a different quest.  But since death is being held captive, no one they kill stays dead, monsters and demigod alike, which makes it especially hard to get away from anyone or anything.  Along the way they meet Iris, Amazon's who work for in a plot to take over the world, giants, monsters and ghosts.  The three have to learn to trust each other with their pasts so they can move forward and work as a unit.

The flashbacks are well done and the narrator does a great job with the voices.  I think he is the same one who did the other five Percy Jackson audio books as well.  Book three does not come out until fall, but all of my children can't wait to see what happens on the next quest in the Prophesy of Seven.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423140597
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 183
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years

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