Review│The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)

the son of neptuneAuthor: Rick Riordan // First published:  October 2011 // Genre: YA, Fantasy
This edition: 521 pages, published in July 2013 by Disney Hyperion // Get it @TheBookDepository

Read in February 2016

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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 in front 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.

My thoughts

Read my review of The Lost Hero (book 1).

Well, I’d say that this was somewhat of an improvement from the first book. And maybe it was all due to the presence of Percy Jackson, I don’t know. Because yes, in this book, Percy Jackson is back, and if, like me, you like his own book series, then you’ll be thrilled to see this character again.

It is very clear that Riordan has come up with some sort of winning formula for his books, and he keeps adapting it to every book he’s writing. I don’t know that this is necessarily a good or bad thing, but it’s definitely something you should be aware of (in case this is something you can’t stand and prefer to stay away from). We have, once again, 3 perspectives in this book: the hero, the smart girl who doesn’t believe in herself, and the class clown with a heart of gold. I’m curious to know if these characters will all meet each other and how they’ll work as a group, because so far there are plenty of doppelgängers.

In this one, I like the quest better. It seemed just a little less convenient than in the first book where I rolled my eyes really hard, it felt a little more believable (take this statement with a grain of salt, after all we are talking about demigods going to Alaska to defeat a mud giant…).

One thing I appreciate in these books is the humour. I laughed out loud at some jokes or situations. It’s very light-hearted and sometimes it’s just so refreshing and nice to read about things completely out of your reality, with great adventure that you absolutely cannot relate to (I mean the situations. How many times has a Greek god sent you on a quest to save the world where you encounter harpies and cyclopes?), with a nice dose of humour to lighten the mood.

My rating:

This is the type of book that I can start reading, and then forget about the world and keep on reading until the late hours of the night. It’s really nice to lose yourself in a book like that. Again, not a literary masterpiece, with a very identifiable formula, but who cares? It’s really fun!

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