Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Book 2 in the Heroes of Olympus series

Published by Disney Hyperion in 2011

Pages: 513

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

ONE CURSED DEMIGOD. 

TWO NEW HEROES.

A QUEST TO UNLEASH THE 

GOD OF DEATH….. 

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.
But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.
Only one thing is certain–Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: The Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed.
Let’s talk about the plot:

So my first reaction when I was reading this was yay! Percy is back! I missed him in book 1 but his presence was definitely felt in The Lost Hero! And that cliffhanger at the end of said book sort of promises us that we’d definitely see more from him in the next book.

And that we did! At first he doesn’t realise who he completely is or very little of his menories, but there’s that flicker to Annabeth, he knows she’s important to him.

When he meets Hazel and Frank, things slowly start to come together, slowly but surely. This book takes us to a whole other side of Camp, to the Roman camp in fact! And we meet new monsters which definitely keep our heroes on their toes.

Throughout the book I felt like I was there! Seeing everything as Percy, Hazel and Frank have and feeling their emotions. Rick Riordan’s writing is as amazing as I remember it and once again this book is full of gasps, happy and sad tears, excitement and foreshadowing! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Percy has matured so much across this book, I remember being in awe as I read how he grew up through the Lightning Thief series but his development here was even more impressive! Without being too spoilery he goes from not being fully aware of who he is to owning it! His character greatly transforms as he comes to realise the importance of himself and the role he plays in everything. As always, even when he’s not Percy, without his menories, he’s still sarcastic and fabulous and witty like we remember him to be. He always has hope and has faith in Frank and Hazel, both of whom I instantly fell in love with.

Frank and Hazel are our other two narrators, both have had such sad pasts and we come to know how sad as we read on about them! Both these characters had such little faith in themselves throughout but I was rooting for them all the way! I loved their friendship with Percy, and they were a couple that I instantly shipped! Both saw a Confidante in one another and knew that they weren’t alone, through the work of the monsters, the characters were all put through trials of their own where they had to face their inner demons and I love how we got to read about their flashbacks as we went, it definitely aided us in knowing them more and feeling their inner torment!

Let’s talk about the writing:

Rick Riordan wrote this book in my favourite style of writing; multiple POV’s! Multiple chapters from Percy to start, then some Hazel and then some Frank; I love how he did this because it allows us to connect with the characters and get into their minds more! 

The writing was never boring, epic is definitely the word for this series, it’s going on my favourites list and everyone needs to read these books! They are fun, full of fascinating trivia, so atmospheric and utterly magical! This was such an amazing adventure I loved being a part of every moment! There were scenes within the last few chapters that had me so emotional and with goosebumps that I was so lost for words as I read on! And it’s something I know will stay with me for a long time! 
and that concludes my review, thank you for reading,

Brooklyn. 

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