The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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Pages: 517
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423140597
Genre: Middle Grade Adventure

Review by Phil

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 Thoughts (Spoiler Free):

I read the Percy Jackson series way back when, like almost 10 years ago. I loved the entire Percy series, so when I heard that there was going to be a spin off series, I shit a brick, like for real, I was so excited. I read The Lost Hero the second it came out, and was a little disappointed. I don't like Jason, Piper was OK, and Leo was just...I don't know, I was just really indifferent. So I was very hesitant to read The Son of Neptune, for some reason I decided to pick it up, and I am very glad I did.

The Son of Neptune has everything in it that I loved about the original Percy Jackson series, mainly Percy. Percy is just an amazing hero, he is awesome and I want to be him...simple as that. Percy was totally absent from the first book, and I think that is the main reason I didn't like it. But I really loved The Son of Neptune

Hazel and Frank were also great additions. Hazel Levesque was probably my favorite character in the book actually, besides the quirky harpy Ella. Hazel's backstory is the most touching/heartwarming thing and I really could feel her emotions through Riordan's writing. Frank was also amazing, he was just really hard to picture in my mind because he was a mutt of Greek, Chinease, Canadian, and come on Rick thats a little bit of overkill.

My only downfall with this book is that I really didn't like the Roman demigod camp, I missed Camp Half-Blood a lot and I hope it is a prominent aspect of The Mark of Athena. Also I didn't like how there was no prophecy, I really look forward to those and was a little upset I didn't get one.

Overall I really liked The Son of Neptune and gave it a 4/5

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