The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan Review

Name: The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus # 2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Format: Hardcover Copy
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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 and 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.-Goodreads

My Review:
I've been a huge fan of anything written by Rick Riordan for the longest time, so I was so happy that he decided to write more stories about Percy and his friends! This second book in the heroes of Olympus series definitely was action packed, and I really enjoyed it!

One of the best parts about this book has to be the plot. It had a lot of action and suspense, but it also had some very nice sweet moments. After not seeing Percy at all during the first book in the series, I was SO happy to have him back in this one! It was really interesting to see him without his memories of his life and it kind of reminded me of The Lightening Thief where he had no idea what was going on. I especially liked when he started to remember again because it really brought back memories of previous books from the series. Of course, Percy still knows how to fight and he such an amazing fighter!

I really liked the two new characters we meet in the series: Frank and Hazel! At first, I wasn't sure how much I would like both of these characters, because I really loved all the characters from camp half-blood. As the story progressed, I really started liking them more and how much they cared for Percy. It was really interesting to see the type of powers that they had and they were a really great addition to this book! I will also say that it was really nice to see Juno (Hera) and Mars (Ares) in this book and how they interact with Percy (who doesn't have any memories).

Overall, I really liked this book and I was SO glad to see Percy again! I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, The Mark of Athena, which comes out this fall.

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

4 comments:

A. Knight @ Paranormal Indulgence said...

I have all five PJ books and so how is it that I haven't gotten beyond the first one yet? Especially when I really enjoyed the first one. I'll have to get going on it soon, especially since this spin-off series looks so fab!

Alyssa Susanna said...

Nice review! I also have all five Percy Jackson books, and I've read The Lost Hero. But I hadn't gotten to this one yet. It sounds so good! My sister has The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune, and she loves them. I'll probably end up buying her The Mark of Athena, and hopefully reading the two books I haven't yet. But anyway, thanks for the review!

Alyssa Susanna

Sarah (saz101) said...

I STILL haven't read the Percy Jackson books and it JUST WON'T DO! LOVE your review, Sarah! So looking forward to FINALLY reading these!

Book Sake said...

What? Percy makes an appearance in this one? I loved The Olympians series, but haven't started this one yet - definitely love some Rick Riordan and need to keep up with his work more.

- Jessica @ Book Sake

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