tsonThe Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Library
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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.

Review:
I love Rick Riordan.  He somehow manages to get the voices of boys and girls to sound authentic and real, which is a problem in YA.  I find that when a man writes a girl’s voice, it sometimes reads like a man is trying to write a girl, you know?  I read one book where the author trotted out female stereotypes constantly and tried to pigeonhole his female characters into “traditional” roles.  It was gross.  I didn’t finish that book, but I finished this one.  The best part?  Percy Jackson is back!  I compare almost all other male characters to Percy and (wait for it) Ethan Wate (you guys are going to boycott The Caster Chronicles because I can’t shut up about Ethan, I know it).

So, in this novel, we meet Frank, son of Mars, and Hazel, daughter of Pluto.  They’re interesting.  Riordan writes kids really well and navigates their teenage romances like he’s one of them.  I don’t really ship anyone in this book, but they’re cute with each other.  Romance is a subplot in this novel, which is how Riordan usually does it.  The big part of this novel is The Quest.  Before The Quest, we learn that Percy has lost his memories, which is really frustrating for a fan of the PJ & the Olympians series.  Plus, I got all defensive of the Greeks when the Roman camp talks smack about them, but, really, the Roman camp is a lot cooler.  Not so many demigods die, and most of them live to have children and go to college and be upstanding citizens.  This all takes place at the Roman camp whose name escapes  me, Camp Jupiter, which is built like a miniature Rome in its godly heyday.  They don’t stay there long, but Percy does meet Nico DiAngelo, who pretends he doesn’t recognize Percy.

SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD

SoN is pretty standard Riordan fare.  Monsters, god/desses, swords and fighting are everywhere.  He wrote Hazel really well, though I didn’t care much about her little love story.  Percy finally gets his memories back around the three-quarter mark and you’ll have to read the rest yourself.  🙂