Devourer of all books fantasy
This was an excellent addition to this series. There are five books planned for this series. The fourth book, The House of Hades, is scheduled for an October 2013 release date. This book takes us to the sister camp for Camp Half Blood, Camp Jupiter.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. The narrator does do some kind of over-the-top and silly voices for some of the characters and some of these were a bit annoying. The main characters however have well done voices and the narrator conveys emotion well. So all in all this was a good listen.
The book starts with Percy battling for his life and struggling to get to Camp Jupiter. Percy has lost his memory and really has no idea what is going on. In Camp Jupiter he meets Hazel and Frank. Both of them have complicated pasts and are outcasts at Camp Jupiter. The three of them are given a desperate quest; free the Thanotos (Death) by the Feast of Fortuna or Gaia’s armies will begin their takeover of the world.
As with the first book, this book is very formulaic. A group of three kids (including Percy this time), must go on a quest facing more and more difficult monsters in order to free Thanatos (Death) and thwart Gaia in her evil plan to take over the world. Like usually they are on a time crunch and only have a very short amount of time to do what needs to be done. If this sounds familiar it is, it is pretty much what happens in every single Rick Riordan book I have ever read. Still it is very well done and entertaining.
The characters are all well done and engaging. Again we have a memoryless Percy, Frank (who has powerful and mysterious origins), and Hazel (who is a cursed daughter of Pluto). They all have major issues, but are easy to relate to and like. Percy of course is struggling with memory lost the whole time, he is also learning more about the Roman version of his dad, Neptune.
Frank still needs to discover who his Godly parent is. In addition to that he is kind of a goof and a klutz who needs to gain some confidence and find out how he can contribute to things. Frank also finds out he has some seriously awesome powers at his beck and call.
Hazel should be dead and has a very mysterious backstory, she originally lived in another time and ended up here through a series of strange coincidences. She is a solid heroine with some serious guilt and baggage.
Another absolutely hilarious and wonderful addition to the story was the Harpy, Ella, who is just crazy and had me laughing my butt off a number of times.
I love the mythology throughout and in this book we hear a lot more about Roman mythology versus Greek. It was interesting to learn about the differences between the Greek Gods and their Roman versions; I didn’t realize how differently some of the similar gods are portrayed in the two different mythology sets. There are many wonderful new monsters introduced in this book. We also get to meet the Amazons and some crazy wheat loving minions.
As I said the books are predictable and they all follow the same formula. There is a lot of humor in here (some of it a bit campy) but the stories are engaging and fun. The book will have you laughing out loud for sure. There are excellent action scenes, lots of interesting mythology, and some great characters as well.
Overall this was a fun read and a great addition to the series. The plot is formulaic, but there are a number of new and interesting characters introduced...as well as some excellent new monsters. There is a ton of humor in here and some excellent action scenes. I really enjoyed the contrast between the Greek and Roman mythology and getting to learn more about the differences between the two. If you are a fan of Riordan books you will be pleased with this one. I found it entertaining and easy and fun to read.
Rick Riordan has done it again. The Heroes of Olympus is another fantastic story of courage, friendship, trials, and triumphs. Excellent story read wonderfully.
The growth of Frank throughout the story.
It was very good.
Percy is back!
Riordan has woven a great tale based on characters we came to love in the first series of Percy Jackson and the Olymypians. Only now he's put a twist on things. He keeps us interested. There's never a dull moment. And as always it's filled humor readers of all ages can appreciate.
Ella the harpy!
As a bookseller, Riordan continues to be a favorite author for kids...and their parents, too! It's actually common to find that parents have read Riordan's books right along with their kids.
Percy is back, and that's as much of a spoiler as I'll post. Of course the very name of the book gives it away so it's not really much of one. The son of Neptune is filled with a lot more action, in addition your given a lot more of the previously unknown Percy Jackson World. The Narration is slightly more tolerable this time around, except in the case of Percy since he ends up sounding exactly like Jason, to include expressions. It's worth getting into regardless of the narrative faults.
This second book in the Heros of Olympus series tells the witty, exciting and flamboyant continuing story of Percy Jackson, the primary character in the five book Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This book brings back some characters from that origional series and introduces new ones from Jason Grace's Roman world breifly introduced in The Lost Hero, book one of this series.
This is a great read. It is fast paced, exciting and funny enough to entertain my entire family, which is very hard for a book to do. If a three girls, 9, 11 and 13 can all agree that they want to read this book at the same time, it says a great deal to their mom about the skills of the author. Hey, I enjoy these books too.
They even learn about Greek and Roman mythology this way too. I see Rick Riordan's books as gateway books that spark my kids interest in other, more esoteric topics. The two older girls have checked out books at the library about the above mentioned mythology because of their budding interest.
Check it out. You will not be disapointed.
I have been listening to the series and have enjoyed all of them. I think the Son of Neptune is the best story of the series.
I love the introduction of more characters, as a listener I am visualizing the richness of the characters.
Tie between Ella and Frank. Ella because she is so quirky and Frank because he is having a hard time believing he is special.
Hard call, Joshua is amazing with portrayal of characters. Ella, I think.
No, I want it to go on and on!
One of my favorites.
I really enjoyed the interaction of the characters. The flow between the three main characters and having the book written from the perspectives of each. I loved the ending which left me looking forward to the next book, but completely wrapped up the plot.
I really enjoyed the capture by/ escape from the Amazons. I couldn't keep from laughing.
The story was very engaging and wove well into the entire Percy Jackson/demi-god world, adding some familiar and some new aspects to the entire modern mythological tale.
I liked the loyalty and friendship that was formed among the main characters as they carried out their quest.
I like his enthusiasm and energy and he has a very nice voice, however, I would like to see him grow in his profession by developing more range in expressing different characters, and I would like him to be aware of pronunciation errors. It is not good to have a reader mis-pronounce basic words since these errors will now be spread due to his public performance (e.g. 'principia' is pronounced [prin-sip'-ee-uh] with an 's' not a 'k' sound in the second syllable). There are other errors, but it would be boring to list them all..... :)
Haven't read the print version, but well performed audio books are usually even better than the print version and this was very well done.
Absolutely! It's a terrific book and an excellent performance.
The Lost Hero, the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series.
Joshua Swanson does an excellent job with energy and voices.
Jesse Bernstein was the reader of the first 5 Percy Jackson books and his was a hard act to follow. In "The Lost Hero" Joshua Swanson took awhile to warm to his work, but don't be discouraged. He hits his stride in this book and really did a terrific job.