Blog #28: Book Review: The Heroes of Olympus, The Son of Neptune

Some spoilers ahead for both The Son of Neptune and the previous book the series, The Lost Hero.

In a previous blog I talked about how much it disappoints me that there would likely be no more Harry Potter books.  JKR could easily co-write more books with another author doing the bulk of the work, but instead, chooses to end it and leave us all in a perpetual state of withdrawal.

Thank you Rick Riordan for not doing that.

I read (listened to the audio books) all five Percy Jackson books in one week.  I loved them.  When I heard there was going to be a new series, I was excited, but my excitement was tempered by the knowledge that most likely, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover wouldn’t be around in the coming books.  I tend to get attached to characters and find it very hard to let go.  I practically fell out of my chair when I read the Heroes of Olympus, The Lost Hero, to find Annabeth there in the first couple of chapters.

Don’t get me wrong, Jason, Piper, and Leo, the new characters, grew on me, but by the end of the book, what I really wanted was to know what was happening to Percy.  It was pretty clear he was at the Roman camp, and I just hoped we would find out what was happening to him all this time.

Thank you Rick Riordan for giving me exactly what I wanted.

The Son of Neptune picks up just before Percy arrives at Camp Jupiter, following his training with the wolf goddess, Lupa.  Since we found out (as I recall) about the time a demigod spends with Lupa in The Lost Hero, it wasn’t necessary to show that, and I think that worked out well.

Anyway, I won’t summarize the whole book, but Percy along with new friends Hazel and Frank go on a quest.  The story ends with a curveball, the way a number of Riordan’s books do, setting up some interesting relationships in the second book.

Frank and Hazel’s back-stories are unique and interesting.  That’s one of the things I love about Riordan’s books.  He does an amazing job coming up with character back-stories and weaving them into the plot so they are important and presented in the context of the story.

My only complaint about this book is there seemed to be less myths and explanations of them.  In the Percy Jackson series it seemed that every character that was introduced included at least some discussion or explanation of the original Greek myths that the character was based on or related to.  I don’t think there was anywhere near as much of that in The Son of Neptune.  It’s a minor thing, and probably just related to the specific characters included and the difference between Roman and Greek myths, but I noticed it.

Also, as an aside, it was just announced that Riordan would be doing a new series based on the Norse Gods in the future.  Also, I wasn’t certain about the future of the movie franchise, but apparently Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Sea of Monsters is due out next year.  I’m very happy the movies will continue.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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4 Responses to Blog #28: Book Review: The Heroes of Olympus, The Son of Neptune

  1. Aidan Bachman says:

    I couldnt agree more with the description and opinion of the book. I loved the Percy Jackson series and i was hooked on it 10 pages in to the first book. I felt the same way when the Percy Jackson series ended I wanted to know what happened in Percys life after he fought Kronos, and Rick Riordan supplied all the answers for me. I was ecstatic to hear that he was going to write a series with all the characters from the Percy Jackson series, but with more twists and turns. The three books ( The Lost Hero, The Son Of Neptune, The Mark Of Athena) have been highly addicting and ive read the three books at least 10 times. The only problem that id have with his writing is that we only writes one book a year, and for a series as good as this, its torture not to be able to read more. What is going to happen to Percy and Annabeth? Will they close the Doors of Death completely? Will peace come to the two camps? These are questions I crave to find the answers for, and I can guarantee The House Of Hades will be one of the best books ive ever read. Thanks for the review, its nice to know someone thinks the same as me!

  2. lmb3 says:

    Trea, thanks for the reply!

    I read the whole Percy Jackson series in one week right before the movie came out. I was hooked. The only thing I miss in the new series is the hilarious chapter titles. I think “We Meet the Sheep of Doom” from The Sea of Monsters is my favorite.

    I had a feeling Son of Neptune would end right before Percy and Annabeth’s reunion. I’m guessing the next one will pick up a little while later. I wouldn’t be surprised if Annabeth isn’t too happy with Percy. He managed to find time to call his mother and tell her he was okay, but he didn’t call Annabeth. Could be tense between them for a while.

    I hope they are the seven, but Riordan has a way of throwing in a curveball every now and then, so I’ll have to see it to believe it. I hate to say it, but I would be shocked if it was a totally happy ending. I figure at least one of the even won’t make it. As long as Percy and Anabeth make it, I’ll be happy.

  3. Trea says:

    Firstly, I am addicted to books. I’ll read for up to 12 hours non-stop which is exactly what I did on The Lost Hero. The Percy Jackson series was amazing. I finished about a book a day and I grew so attached to the characters. It makes our world look completely dull, drab, and boring. I’m so happy I began this series later rather than sooner ‘cuz otherwise (for me) it would be torture for the wait. These books made me literally do chores to acquire Book-Credit. So, instead of an allowance, I’d get a book. (With libraries I HATE it when you have to give them back). I’m greatful that I didn’t start The Heroes of Olympus before the Son of Neptune came out because the cliff hanger on book one would’ve taken a year to be answered. The only thing that frustrates me was where the Son of Neptune ended. I wish it stretched just a little more because I’m all for the Annabeth and Percy team. And the humor? Really had some great one-liners and stuff. Throughout the whole series (plus Percy Jackson series too.) My patience is very thin so I’m praying these books end well (AKA Percy + Annabeth and Jason + Piper surviving). I encourage people to read these books ‘cuz not only do you gain a good story, writing, and mental picture, you also gain knowledge on Greek and Roman god(desse)s.
    Please end well!

  4. Trea says:

    Okay, I love these books and are the seven half bloods of the prophecy:
    Jaon (Roman), Hazel (Roman), Frank (Roman), Annabeth (Greek), Leo (Greek), Piper (Greek) and since it would be an odd number, and with what happened at the end of the Son of Neptune,
    wouldn’t that make Percy the last half blood to ‘answer the call’ (since Camp Jupiter excepted him and marked him as a Roman) since he’s, like, half Roman, half Greek?
    And please have Annabeth finally see Percy in the Mark of Athena cuz two years is just too long and I take it that the next book is on Annabeth’s point of view?

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