Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2), The

Rick Riordan
Percy is confused. When he awoke after 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. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him.Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. 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. Frank is a klutz. His grandmother claims he is descended from ancient 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 help the Fifth Cohort win at war games. His big and bulky physique makes him feel like a clumsy ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough, even, to share the secret he holds close to his heart. Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far north as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all of whom are destined to play a part in the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven.  


Reviewed: 2017-01-02
It was better than the first book but it's still formulaic. After reading 'The Lost Hero' it seemed like this was going to be a series that wasn't exactly something that would be back on the "must read" list but it's been a terrible month or so and I need an escape. Thus far this series is fitting the bill, even if it doesn't hold up to either the original Percy Jackson series nor the Kane Chronicles.
Now we're seeing some of the other "seven", including a very familiar hero, Percy Jackson. It was *great* to see him again and it probably helped that Riordan is back with a familiar character as well as getting more into the groove of writing this series. As a book it's a familiar formula now: three "new" (to this series but obviously Percy is not) heroes, a bunch of Roman/Greek mythology, Percy is missing his memory but has bits and pieces he's trying to work from, etc.
There were some improvements/things I really liked. Riordan made a wise (wiser?) choice to extend the viewpoints of each character so it's about 5-ish (didn't count) chapters for each character. I still don't like this particular device but staying with each character longer made the book less choppy and more cohesive. It was really interesting to see the camp through Percy's eyes and have the infodump explained to a familiar main character.
That said, the book follows a familiar pattern and sometimes it gets old. We get mythology. Secrets and angst. Monster battles. Some of it is quite hilarious (I recently listened to a podcast that described the original series as a bunch of punny (yes, punny) Dad jokes) and that was something I could appreciate here. For example, the offices in Seattle was an actual location for the mythical Amazonians. Hee hee.
Still, while it's not as amazing or as fun as the original Percy series I'm still interested. I'm actually curious how Riordan will try to balance the viewpoints of all the main characters and it was encouraging to see that it seemed like Riordan's writing felt more comfortable now that he's in Book 2. Borrowed this from the library after considering buying the series and that sounds about right.
Reviewed: 2016-07-05
Reviewed: 2016-02-06
It feels like it took forever for me to reread this book. I did find it a bit hard to get through the second time around, but I don't know if that's because of life or the book itself. I liked all three characters. Hazel is adorable-y badass, Frank is a great strategist, and Percy is just awesomesauce period. I think my main problem is I still feel the strong dislike toward the Roman camp (though no dislike for Hazel, Frank, or Reyna). I guess I'm a Greek God worshipper more than I'm a Roman God worshipper. The plot of the story was pretty good, though I'd like to hear more about Frank's great grandfather that supposedly caused the earthquake.
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