Saturday, January 16, 2016

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

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.


Okay, so I was so happy to have Percy back, but I was sad that the characters from The Lost Hero were not in this book. I actually liked Piper, Jason, and Leo more than the new characters that we got in this book. The new main characters were Hazel and Frank. Now, I don't dislike those characters, I just liked the other characters more. It took me longer to warm up to Hazel and Frank. The backstories for Hazel and Frank felt a little slow at times even though they had interesting information. The backstories were necessary for the plot, but I wish they weren't as dull. However, by the end of the book, I did feel more connected to Hazel and Frank because I understood their where they came from. 

This book was a lot of fun, and I thought the quest that Percy went on was super exciting. I actually enjoyed the plot/quest in this book more than I did in The Lost Hero. I really loved reading about the adventures that the characters went on in this book. 

The ending crushed me, because it ended on a cliffhanger! I wanted more! I don't know how people were able to wait for the next book. I am so excited that I already own The Mark of Athena, because I cannot wait to see what happens next for Percy and all of his friends. 

4.5 / 5 Fangs

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