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!