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Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

Hello Hello Hello!

Like most people who read it as a child, The Percy Jackson series is still one of my favorite book series. I read the original five books a long time ago and really haven't picked them up since I read them the first time. Little did I know Rick Riordan had written a sequel series known as "The Heroes of Olympus". I had no idea these novels existed and I definitely didn't know it was a continuation from the original five. When I found "The Lost Hero" which is the first book in this series I thought it was just about another demigod, but boy was I wrong. I have just finished the second novel "The Son of Neptune" and I am so into this sequel series. In the first two books you get to meet all these new characters, but also your favorites are back, such as Annabeth, Tyson, Nico and of course Percy Jackson himself. 

The second novel revolves around Hank, Hazel, and Percy who are sent to Alaska to rescue Thanatos. Throw in a Roman demigod camp, an amnesiac kid of Poseidon, and sassy gods, you get a whirlwind of a story. Percy has lost his memory just as Jason from the first book has and its up to him along side Roman demigods Hank, son of Mars (Ares) and Hazel daughter of Pluto (Hades) to save the world...as usual. Riordan seamlessly introduces these new characters while still giving the fans of the original series little nuggets from the past. 

My problem is that it's been so long since I've read the original books that I am stopping after book two, re-reading 1-5 of the originals and then finishing the second series. You have to read the first five before starting this series, there are just too many references to read it as a stand alone series. From start to finish I laughed, cried, and cheered. Riordan has this way of mixing mythology and modern day life that makes it almost real. As Classical Studies enthusiast myself, give this book to any kid or teen or hey even an adult and they will get interested in the fantastic world of Greek and Roman Mythology. 

Unlike the Percy Jackson Series this new series doesn't just focus on the Greek sides of things. Readers get introduced to the Roman side as well! Instead of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, and Hades we get Jupiter, Neptune, Juno, and Pluto. Greeks and Roman never did get along, so you can imagine what happened when a Greek shows up at a Roman Camp. Trust me it's great! Well I am off to dive back into the world of twelve year old Percy Jackson. In my reviews I don't like to tell anything about the plot line that isn't already on the back cover. I hope that my opinion and enthusiasm will convince you nonetheless! 

Happy Reading!

- Haley

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