Review – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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Synopsis
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.
My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

Percy is confused and so am I. 😉 Really though, I’ve never been into mythology. Last year though when my husband and son convinced me to read the Percy Jackson series, I reluctantly dove in and was immediately sucked into their world and fell in love with it! I’ve been learning about the Gods and Goddesses as I’ve gone along and I was fine with that. I had the Greek ones down pretty well. But now you’re trying to tell about the Roman ones? Uh…no. Greek is enough for my poor little brain to handle. It took me a while to get engaged with the book because I was trying to figure out the Greek version of all of these Roman ones.

Despite me being frustrated by learning all these new Roman names and getting that situated, I freaking loved this book! There is action, adventure, and humor like we have come to expect from this series. I enjoyed getting to know Frank and Hazel. Their friendship was really sweet. Frank and Hazel both have some really interesting abilities and it was amazing getting to see them use those in battle. These are some kickass demigods, that’s for sure!

I was so glad that Tyson made an appearance in this book. I’ll admit when Tyson was looking for Percy I almost started to cry. Oh, the feels! This book will hit you in the feelings, too.

One of my favorite characters from this book was Ella! I love that Percy, Frank, and Hazel saved her and allowed her to tag along with them. She was so funny.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book. I have a feeling it’s going to be even more epic than this one.

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