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Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

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 wished 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 infront 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.

The Son of Neptune
By: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Reviewed: Audiobook

"The Son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan is a great second book for the second series. I loved how Percy had to rediscover himself. Percy Jackson wakes up with amnesia and he has to try to remember who he is. Percy is confused at first about who he is and what he is doing but when Juno steps in and leads Percy to Camp Jupiter, everything starts to change. 

Percy is a Greek demi-god in a camp full of Roman demi-gods. Since the Romans and the Greeks never got along neither did the demi-god camps. Hazel and Frank befriended Percy and vouched for him while he was at Camp Jupiter. When the kids go on a quest together they become closer and Percy discovers who he truly is. 

I really liked "The Son of Neptune" because the character readers fell in love with is back. I loved that Percy had returned to the story line. It was nice getting to see him again. Not to mention Percy kicks butt. The characters were very well developed as we got to know each of the characters of Camp Jupiter and to learn a little of the Roman side of the gods and goddesses. I hate to say this but honestly when it comes down to everything the Romans and Greeks aren't that different when it comes to what they believe in with the gods and goddesses.  

I liked my own chance to get to learn how the gods differ between the Greeks and the Romans. I've done a lot of my own research because I think Greek and Roman theology is very interesting, so it is great seeing how Riordan combines the two but also keeps things separate too. I liked seeing how the mythologies were similar and different. I also liked how Riordan takes kids that are suppose to be enemies based on how they were raised and what they believe in and make them work together. 

The plot was well developed. I felt like it kept me, as the reader, on my toes. I was able to follow along quite nicely and my attention was caught since I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Riordan also has a way of leaving the reader wanting more. Percy, Frank, and Hazel make a great team and I am looking forward to seeing more of them in future books in this series.

I give "The Son of Neptune" five out of five bookshelves.

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