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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Son of Neptune was one of my most anticipated books this year. I've read all the Percy Jackson books, the Kane Chronicles, and of course The Lost Hero. So naturally I was looking forward to Son of Neptune. Here's the summary 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 and 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 he 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.


What I Liked: 1) Percy! I've liked him as a character ever since I read The Lightening Thief. I get really attached to characters with a long story, especially when I feel like I can see them growing and maturing and learning from their mistakes. That's something that Mr. Riordan has done really well. 2) The introduction of Camp Jupiter. Through six books now, we've focused on a central setting, or home base of Camp Half-Blood, where the Greek demi-gods learn to...stay alive. (Stayin' alive, stayin' alive!) Camp Jupiter, on the other hand, is something very different than Camp Half-Blood. And you'll just have to read it to find out what that is. 3) We also got some new characters in Hazel and Frank. I liked them...but I'm still partial to Annabeth and Grover. I even liked Piper and Leo I think better than Hazel and Frank. I'm really hoping that in the next book we get to see all these characters coming together! That would be awesome. 4) The Roman Gods. The Roman version of some of the gods we've already met were very interesting. And I always like it when there are new mythical creatures they have to fight, and meeting new gods. It had to have taken a lot of research to write all these different books, between the Greek and Romans. And a lot of talent, which Mr. Riordan definitely has, to make sure that they seem so different between books. 5) In Riordan fashion, there is of course a quest for the heros to follow. But Camp Jupiter has a completely different way of determining the quests, and who goes. It brings a lot of Roman history into the story, and everything melds really well into the story. I loved it.

What I Didn't Like: It made me curious that Poseidon/Neptune never made an appearance. It didn't detract from the book, but I did wonder about it once I was finished. This was also the first book that I didn't feel like had a main character. The Percy Jackson books were so much about Percy, but even The Lost Hero was a lot about Jason. It almost felt like in this one, the author was so worried about it becoming another Percy Jackson book, that he didn't spend as much time with Percy, who had a really interesting story line trying to discover who he was. I wish there had been a bit more on that. It seemed a little easy.

Overall thoughts: Another phenomenal book from this fantastic author. Rick Riordan is probably in my top five favorite authors, and I'm thrilled to find out where he's going with the Heros of Olympus next. There was an interesting little twist at the very end that made me so curious that I can't believe we have almost a year to wait until we get The Mark of Athena. If you haven't ever read a Rick Riordan book, make sure you add some to your list. Best start with the Percy Jackson books before you move into the Heros of Olympus (it just makes more sense that way). And the Kane Chronicles are absolutely fabulous too!

My rating: 5 shots

Cheers, and happy reading!

6 comments:

  1. I can't wait to start this series I really enjoyed Percy. Glad that I can expect some more greatness! :D

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  2. Giselle - Everything I've read by Rick Riordan has just been phenomenal. You might also check out the Kane Chronicles books. I love those too!
    Courtney

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  3. This sounds good! I have so many books of his to read. I've only read one so far, The Lost Hero I believe it was called, and really enjoyed it! Great review. :)

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  4. So glad I stumbled upon your site! I've been wondering whether or not to pick up this book and I think you've convinced me. I'm currently flying through Wise Man's Fear, but I think when I finish that (it can't be more than a couple days at the pace I'm going haha), then I will have to pick this up. Thanks for the review! Looking forward to following your site!!!

    - Matt

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  5. I love these books. I recall getting hooked based off watching the first movie. As I usually do, I found the book to be better.

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  6. Rebecca - Ah, The Lost Hero was a great one. It happens after the original 5 Percy Jackson books, but you don't have to have read those to enjoy it! This one is the next in The Lost Hero series! Everything he writes is great, you just can't go wrong when choosing one to read!

    Matt - Well, I'm so glad to have you! Oh, yes, don't miss out on Son of Neptune! I could read Rick Riordan's books all day long and never get bored!

    Michelle - Oh, I agree, the books are way better than the Lightening Thief movie. The changed way too much, including the "whodunnit". Ya know?

    Thanks for stopping by, y'all!
    Courtney

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