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Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #2
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 513 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 4th 2011 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
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I read the Finnish version, “Merenjumalan poika”. This review might contain spoilers.

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 wishes 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.

I enjoyed the second book of this spin off more than the first one. It’s not just because we got to see Percy again (which is great) but because we got to meet some of my favorite characters in this world.

It was very confusing to get used to roman god names, since they’re not familiar to me at all. I’ll probably still have difficulty which Roman god is which Greek god when I finish this series. I liked the fact that the same gods weren’t as important to Roman mythology as they were in Greek. Rome’s second most important god was Mars (you might recognize him more as Ares from Greek mythology) and they really didn’t like Neptune.

“Life is only precious because it ends, kid. Take it from a god. You mortals don’t know how lucky you are”

Percy Jackson is in the same boat as Jason was in the last book. He has lost his memories and the only thing he can remember is a name– Annabeth. The book starts when he fights some monsters and then carries an old lady who turns out to be Juno. That’s how he meets his new friends Frank and Hazel.

I already like Hazel (that’s a first! Me liking Riordan’s female character) and Frank already. I also liked the new minor character, Ella and hopefully we get to see her more in later books. I don’t get how anyone can dislike cheese but I wish I had Ella’s memory. She could just hear a page number from a book and she could quote it perfectly.

I found it sad how Hazel knew she could never replace the sister her brother lost and just felt like a consolation prize and second best, just because she couldn’t be the sister he lost.

There’s not really any romance yet but I think I like the idea of Frank and Hazel ending up together. They were great friends before we even got to meet them and I just love how even when they’re afraid of how the other will react, they’re always there for each other and they’re always protecting each other.

“My brother is okay? My brother is coming back? I miss you.”

There’s also one another romance I’m exited for. Let’s just say that Tyson deserves the world and I just love it that he’s getting a love interest, too.

All in all maybe my favorite book from the whole Percy universe so far. It just had so many more good characters than in his earlier books (I’m sorry but I just don’t love Annabeth, Grover and Piper) in my opinion. It also helped that it didn’t feel like one big fight scene.


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