‘The Son of Neptune’
By Rick Riordan
Book #2 in the Heroes of Olympus Series
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: 2011
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia QBD Dymocks
Percy is confused. When he awoke from 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 with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—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. Hazel wishes she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from 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 win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.
Straight up, I was so glad that Percy was back! This was also our first glimpse into Camp Jupiter. Camp Half-Bloods Roman counterpart, and gosh was I happy to find out so much more this part of the universe. I have been loving the interconnection of the Greek and Roman mythology, as they are interconnected, it was great reading it this way within this universe the Rick Riordan created.
There are more characters introduced in the second book in the series including Hazel and Frank. They come from very different worlds. They were brought into the series so seamlessly that they just slotted right in.
Through out the plot of the book we see similarities to ‘The Lost Hero’ our main character has lost his memory and undertakes a quest with new friends while trying to uncover where he is and why. I do feel that this book needed to follow the similar structure to really allow readers to understand the new camp and to prepare for the next 3 books in the series.
They are quite long books though, and at times the sheer size was off putting, that being said, it was all needed.
The new characters shared the same level of depth and description the characters who had been part of the series since Percy Jackson have, which I love!
Overall ‘Son of Neptune’ is a fantastic sequel to ‘The Lost Hero’ and sets up fantastically for the ‘Mark of Athena’.
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10