The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero


Title: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #1

Publisher: Puffin Books

Release Date: October 12th 2010

Rating:

Five Stars

The Number one, bestselling title in this new spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan.

Old enemies awaken as Camp Half-Blood’s new arrivals prepare for war.

When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods—despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse –and a missing hero –are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission—and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“I have lightning and wind powers,” Jason reminded him. “Piper can turn beautiful and charm people into giving her BMWs. You’re no more a freak than we are. And, hey, maybe you can fly, too. Like jump off a building and yell ‘Flame on!'”
Leo snorted. “If I did that, you would see a flaming kid falling to his death, and I would be yelling something a little stronger than ‘Flame on!”

When Jason wakes up he has no idea who he is, where he is, or who the girl holding his hand is. Despite Leo and Piper telling him he’s been there for months, part of a school trip to the Grand Canyon, Jason knows he’s never seen either of them before he woke up a few minutes previously. However no one seems to realise that, except for Coach Hedge, grumpy that he has a third demigod to try and protect now Jason has dropped in from nowhere.

When Leo, Jason and Piper are attacked by storm spirits, Venti, and Coach Hedge is taken by them the extraction team from Camp Half-Blood arrives. Annabeth believes that Jason is the key to finding Percy, who disappeared a few days previously, but when Jason arrives at Camp Half-Blood he finds there are more questions than answers. Despite being a demigod Jason knows he doesn’t belong at Camp Half-Blood.

“You’ll find your destiny, and your hard journey will finally make sense. But first you must face many sorrows. I regret that, but heroes cannot be shaped any other way.”

As Jason, Leo and Piper head across the country on a quest to find and free Hera before the Summer Solstice all three are battling with their own thoughts and fears. Jason starts trying to piece together his memories, Piper battles with her guilt over possibly betraying her friends, and Leo fears his powers which are seen as a bad omen by others at the camp. The further they get in, chased by storm spirits, vengeful witches, long dead Kings, minor Gods and giants, the more they start to realise that Hera is playing a dangerous game with the demigods that could result in civil war.

It’s been a year since I first read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and The Lost Hero is a very different story. Written in third person, with three very different POVs, there is no Percy at all in this book, just small references made to him. Despite all the differences I was still hooked from the first page, I didn’t realise until I was reading The Lost Hero how much I missed the world Rick Riordan has created. The plot is fast paced with plenty of danger for our three heroes as they work to a fast approaching deadline, the fate of the world in their hands.

…The Characters

“Please excuse Jason from eternal damnation. He has had amnesia.”

Jason may have no memory of who he is or where he came from but he knows he doesn’t belong at Camp Half-Blood, and despite the fact that Piper and Leo are his friends he knows he’s not the same as them. Still those differences don’t matter to Jason; if the demigods are in danger, if his new friends are in danger, Jason is going to do everything he can to protect them. The answer to his missing memories is at the end of his quest and that, more than anything, is what drives Jason at the beginning of his journey.

“New dress, new makeup, glowing pink aura, and boom: suddenly people liked her.”

Piper is determined to forge her own path, no matter how difficult that path may be to walk. Before Jason arrived she had no idea she was demigod but she knew there was something more to her, something which has put her dad in horrible danger. There aren’t many people Piper cares about, less she can rely on, but she does she is willing to do anything for. With a voice whispering in her ear that the only way she can save her father is to betray her friends Piper struggles with the guilt, unsure what to do.

When Jason appeared, in Piper’s mind, the mist made him her boyfriend. Now, even knowing that it was just a trick, the memories are still there and knowing they’re false doesn’t help Piper put them behind her, not when she’s travelling and working closely with Jason on this quest. Jason admires Piper, he’s sees something more to her that most people seem to miss when they discover who her Godly parent is. However without knowing his past he can’t really open up to her, not knowing what or who he may have left behind.

“I try very hard to be annoying. Don’t insult my ability to annoy.”

Leo at first glance can easily be discounted by people as the comic relief, the odd-man-out to Piper and Jason’s pseudo-romance, but there is a lot more to his character than that. He is incredibly intelligent and despite his fears he doesn’t hesitate to run headfirst into the battle to save his friends. He may not be as skilled at battle as Jason is but he is incredibly skilled when it comes to machines and uses his talents to fight battles in his own way.

“One look from Jason, and all three of them knew the game plan. When had that happened, that they could read each other so well?”

All three characters worked really well together, and there wasn’t an imbalance of power between them. Despite Jason being the son of Zeus, and logically the most powerful and rightful leader, it was an equal partnership between the three demigods. Piper saved Leo and Jason when they needed help and Leo saved Jason and Piper when they needed help, each having their own skills which better suited them to the situation they were fighting. They take each other’s secrets and fears, guilt and shame without judgment or question, and after all is done only form a closer partnership than before.

…The Setting

“Child of lightning, beware the earth,
The giants’ revenge the seven shall birth,
The forge and the dove shall break the cage,
And death unleash through Hera’s rage.”

One of the things I loved the most about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series was the way Rick Riordan wove his retellings and reimagining’s of Greek myths into the stories. Unlike that first series The Lost Hero doesn’t centre around one Greek myth retold in modern times more than any other. Instead it’s a brand new story with different characters and myths peppered into the overall story and overall series arc. With the introduction of Jason’s character, and the revelation of where he came from, it feels like the world of the demigods is opening up, becoming a lot bigger and more dangerous, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.


This was an incredible start to The Heroes of Olympus series. Despite the differences in the writing format I loved The Lost Hero just as much as I did the books in the first series; it was fast paced and tense, with engaging characters and plenty of Greek myths and legends. However as much as I loved Leo, Jason and Piper I’m even more excited to read The Son of Neptune, simply to see Percy again.

What did you think of The Lost Hero? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

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47 thoughts on “The Lost Hero

  1. Jason and Piper POV were a bit annoying to me at first because I felt that too much information was missing. I wanted more answers which made me read on as quickly as possible.

    I can related to missing the world created in the previous series. I am very happy I picked up this book and cannot wait to read the next one. I heard Percy is coming back.

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    1. Oh that is a shame, did you get used to their POV chapters quickly or did it take a while? It was a little strange going back into the world but not following Percy, or even Camp Half-Blood as much.
      The second book will hopefully be much better for you. For me I thought this series got better and better with each release, and yeah it was great seeing Percy again in book two! 😀

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      1. I got used to the pov switches pretty quickly. I know it was so strange. At first I thought Jason was Percy in another body. Have you read the second book already?

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      2. I only recently finished the first book. I still have the buy the others. I wanted to make sure I like it before buying the whole series.

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      3. That is why I only bought one. I try to control myself in a book shop. It is difficult when you see all those books you want to read.

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  2. I’m sooo happy too see you reading this series!! 😀 As you already know, I simply adore it. I am also happy to see that you liked Jason, Piper and Leo, as quiet a few people I know disliked this book simply because it didn’t star Percy. I definitely wasn’t one of those and I liked all the new characters as well. 😀 Rick Riordan has just an amazing way of retelling the myths and bringing in mythological elements. Great review Beth! ❤

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    1. It took me a while to get around to it. I finished the first Percy Jackson series a year ago now! But it is beyond amazing! 😀
      I’ll admit I was a little disappointed with the lack of Percy but when it comes down to it I loved Jason, Piper and Leo just as much so it was interesting reading their side of events you know.
      Yes he definitely does. Rick Riordan is one of my favourite mythology authors now!
      Thanks so much Anna! 😀 ❤

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  3. Fantastic review! I have the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and have yet to start it, but man it’s just exciting to think that I’ll someday read about one of the most amazing mythologies “retelling” by one of the most praised authors out there. This series, The Heroes of Olympus, sounds just as awesome, and I might have to look into if I end up falling in love with The Lightning Thief and friends. 😛

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    1. Thanks so much Lashaan! 😀 The Percy Jackson series is amazing, and now one of my all-time favourite series too. It definitely lives up to the hype and the retelling and myths used are just brilliant. I could probably spend hours talking about how much I love Rick Riordan’s books so I hope when you get around to them you feel the same way.
      If you enjoy The Lightning Thief and the first Percy Jackson series definitely look into The Heroes of Olympus books as well. 🙂

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  4. Wonderful review Beth! you’re motivating me to start on this spin-off. I never continued with his books but I’ve heard that The Lost Hero is a ton better than the first trilogy because they’re a bit older. Perhaps what is really a plus is the fact that this one has multiple POV’s which I LOVE! Something tells me that I’d love this cast of characters way more than the 1st set 😉

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    1. Thanks so much Lilly. In that case yes you definitely need to pick up the spin-off series. I think I was a little hesitant at first as well, probably why I waited a year after finishing the original series before starting The Heroes of Olympus books, but they are amazing! Also if you love multiple POVs you’ll really love this book, we get to meet so many new characters you’ll immediately fall in love with! 😀 ❤

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  5. I have yet to finish the Percy Jackson series. Read the first book about a year or two ago but forgot to read the second. But I’m glad you loved this book! It encourages me to read the rest of the books in the original series. And who doesn’t love engaging characters and greek myths?

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    1. Oh, that’s a shame about not getting around to the rest of the books in the series, but hopefully you enjoyed the first book at the very least. 🙂
      It was amazing, I feel like with every book Rick Riordan writes I fall more and more in love with the story and the characters. I hope you manage to get around to the rest of the books soon, if you love engaging characters and Greek myths then this is the series for you! 😀

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      1. Oh I did! It was a quick, enjoyable read. Although, I read it after watching the movie and now I’m having issues figuring out which one I liked more lol. I didn’t realize how bad the movie was until I read the book, but by then I’d already developed a soft spot for the film (and Logan Lerman…)
        And Riordan sounds like a great author. I’ll definitely have to give his other books a try! I have faith that I’ll enjoy them 😀

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      2. I read it after watching the movie as well! I thought the movie was good but after reading the book I realise how much was missing and why my friend (who read the book first) was so disappointed with it!
        I think the films all right if you take it as completely separate from the book you know?
        He really really is. I’m going to get around to his next series quickly I can tell you that much! 😀

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      3. Yeah, I didn’t understand why all my friends hated the movie until I read the book. The film was not a faithful adaptation at all lol. But still, I thought it was pretty enjoyable! Both mediums are enjoyable as their respective forms 🙂

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      4. I think if we’d read the book and then seen the film we’d agree with our friends opinions of it. 🙂
        As is even after reading the first book and then watching the film I still thought it was OK. I see where my friends are coming from more but I kind of see them as two completely different stories. Despite the fact they’re both supposed to be the same you know?

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      5. I’ve been doing that for years! I think it really helps you to appreciate the film a bit more. If you read the book first, then the film is always compared to the book, and sometimes that can take away from the film itself, which may be enjoyable as a project all its own, separate from the source material! 😄

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      6. It does seem to be my downfall because I normally read the books first and then see the film and I always find myself comparing them. The only other film I saw before reading the book was The Princess Bride and that’s a favourite book to film adaptation of mine. 🙂

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      7. Oh that’s strange. That doesn’t happen too often. Now I’m kind of curious about the book. I probably won’t get around to reading it anytime soon but that’s okay. The movie will suffice for now 😊

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    1. Oh I loved the first book, and I’ve actually finished the other four so I can safely say I’ve loved the whole series. I think I ended up enjoying it more than the original Percy Jackson books too, either way I’m kicking myself for not getting around to the Heroes of Olympus books sooner! 😀

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    1. Part of me wants to say in a way it is? I dunno it seemed like when people were younger they were either into the Harry Potter series or the Percy Jackson series.
      For me it was Harry Potter and I only picked up Rick Riordan’s books last year, but I’ve LOVED them all so I’d highly recommend them. I don’t think this is a series I’d say is too young for anyone. 🙂

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  6. Jason annoyed me a little at first, and so did Piper, but LEO IS AMAZING ALL THE WAY. ❤ ❤ I didn't like this book as much because it didn't feature PERCY, but I still enjoyed it. XD (Even though I like Son of Neptune less than this one and that one was pretty much all about Percy??? Okay so maybe I liked TLH more than I remember. XD )

    Let us all celebrate the human being that is Leo. *bows down* 😛 ❤

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    1. I liked Jason and Piper from the start, but yeah when it came down to it Leo is my favourite character in this book because he was just AMAZING! ❤ I did miss Percy, and I was even more excited to get started on The Son of Neptune because he was in that one again. 😀 Oh that’s weird about you enjoying the second one less in that case. Did you not like Frank and Hazel as much, or was it that there was no Camp Half-Blood maybe?
      Yes, Leo is definitely a character that deserves a lot of celebration! 😀 ❤

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      1. Yeah I think if I’d have had stronger memories of the first series, or read The Lost Hero sooner after finishing the original series, I would have felt the same. Oh I’m always going to love the original cast the most too! 😀
        Also I think my comments may be ending up in your Spam folder. :/

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