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The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2) Audio CD – October 11, 2011
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Just when I think Riordan can't get any better, he proves me wrong. The Son of Neptune was a thrilling, exciting, crazy, and absolutely bizarre adventure, and I loved every second of it.
The way that the chapters are split up between perspectives really works and I love that Riordan continues this through the series. The opportunity to read from several mind sets adds so much depth to the story. I so appreciate Riordan's writing prowess when it comes to this fact; he knew that if such massive books had only one perspective, boredom would endure.
I know that some people complain about the corny writing and jokes made throughout both PJO and HoO, but for me, that's part of the fun of it. The humor that is infused into each book is my favorite part, even if it is corny. I've laughed harder at the Percy Jackson books than any other book series I've read. For example, in this book, I loved the line about "Centurion Shish Kebab," and "The Doors of Me," too.
As much as I love Jason, Piper, and Leo from the debut book of Heroes of Olympus, I love Hazel and Frank just as much. I love that Frank got to unleash his boss side and take down some baddies. Hazel, that girl has some fire in her, and I love it!
As usual, the side characters brought so much to the story. Reyna is growing on me; now there's a boss. Octavian, though. What's that joker up to?
I find New Rome to be such a fascinating place. But one question: why does Rome get an entire city and Greece only gets a camp? This needs to be remedied pronto.
After finishing this book, I have so many questions that need answering!
What happened to Frank's grandmother?
Will the Seven finally be united?
Where is Nico? Is he ok?
Where does Sally Jackson think Percy is?
Who is officially dating whom?
Percy is at his most impressive in The Son of Neptune. The story begins as he battles two comical gorgons in Bargain Mart greeter vests, who carry some poisonous discount snacks — I must admit, I developed a soft spot for Stheno. He carries “old hippy-lady / Juno” across a highway — where he meets my new favorite demigods, Hazel Levesque (daughter of Hades) and Frank Zhang (… with quite the extraordinary heritage, even for a demigod) — across the Tiber River, and into Camp Jupiter. Here he is able to show off his vast power over water, crushing the gorgons, and saving Frank’s life. Finally, Juno reveals that horrible things are about to happen, and so they will need Percy. During the camp’s version of capture-the-flag, the 5th cohort (Percy’s new group and laughingstock of the camp) pulls off a tremendous win, causing Ares — I mean, Mars — to show himself and present the plucky trio with a prophecy and a quest. Granted, his prophesy is not as mysterious and rhyme-y as we are accustomed, but it gets the job done: “Go to Alaska. Find Thanatos. Come back by sundown on June twenty-fourth or die.” Did I mention Thanatos/Death has been captured… thus, the bad guys just won’t die?
This is one of the best adventures for Percy so far! There is humor, heart, action, all kinds of monsters, Roman myths, and suspense through the entire quest.
more on http://doodlesandwords.com/2014/11/07/percys-back-as-the-son-of-neptune/
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I felt that there was a lot more background information in this one compared to The Lost Hero. Camp Jupiter, the Roman camp, was finally revealed and it was so different to its Greek counterpart but it was still just as brilliant. It was clear where the differences in the two sets of demigods lie. The Romans were organised and structured, which was reflected in its camp, whereas the Greeks were a lot more free and wild. I loved this because it gave us much more information on how the Romans acted and lived.
Overall this book gave so much more information than the first book and I felt the connection with the characters a lot more, I don't know if this is because we got to read from Percy's perspective again and are familiar with it a lot more than the new perspectives we had in The Lost Hero. Not to mention it was still as action-packed and fast-paced and immediately gripping as any Rick Riordan Book so it gave you a lot more freedom to enjoy it.
This camp, hidden from view and guarded by two lookouts who see Percy with the crone on his back and chased by monsters One of them signals him to follow her while the other deals with the Gorgons. After crossing the river, The Little Tiber and entering camp, the crone turns into Juno.
So Percy is introduced to The Legion as a probationer although The Praetor, Reyna recognizes him from Circe`s island, where she and her sister had spent time.
Percy is sent on quests with Frank and Hazel and sees the roman navy. The last quest is important, locating a lost "Eagle."
Truly an Epic set of stories from the First to the Last!!!
From Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Books 1-5 plus two more extra books on the Greek Gods and Demigods) and continuing all the way through (Heroes of Olympus Books 1-5).
To end with The Blood of Olympus. An Epic story all the way through, a great coming of age story in beautiful and rich environments full of danger and mystery. A thoroughly cracking read. I loved it so much, I read it twice through. Wonderful.
If you have read and enjoy the Percy Jackson series you will love The Heros Of Olympus series, I personally am enjoying this series even more and I feel like it's just going to get better from here on I cannot wait to read the third book as this book set up everything so nicely to jump right into book three!
Needless to say, we love them. Rick Riordan is a master when it comes to updating ancient mythology in an inventive and contemporary way. His knowledge and love for the old stories is showcased in the way he so brilliantly puts them in a new setting without losing any of the spirit of the original stories. Funny, clever and full of characters you will grow to love, this series goes from strength to strength.
Gotta say tho Percy is still by far the best in the heroes of olympus series and he is my fave!
PLS LIKE MY REVIEW TY AND HAVE AN AWESOME DAY!!
The Rick Riordan Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles books really are amazing - they offer an ideal introduction to mythology (Greek, Roman and Egyptian) as well as quite simply being excellent, enthralling stories; the blend of ancient myths and modern day life conjures up incredible storylines and brings the myths and their key players to life. Highly recommended.
Now I can say, after reading the story with my son, that it definitely lived up to my expectations. This had everything that was good in the previous books along with a killer new plot. Rick Riordan is a fantastic author, writing in both a humorous and a much more serious tone for the suspenseful action scenes. This series hasn’t ceased to impress me so far, and I love the fact that these stories keep the characters that we all love (Percy, Annabeth, Grover etc.), while adding in some great new personalities such as Jason, the son of Zeus.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Percy Jackson books, but also to those who haven't had a chance to read the last series. My son really enjoyed reading this with me, and all of his friends are reading Riordan's work too- these books are a great way to get kids interested in reading!
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