Title: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #2
Publisher: Puffin Books
Release Date: October 4th 2011
The second title in this number one, bestselling spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan.
This crazy messed up world of gods and monsters is Percy Jackson’s reality, which pretty much sucks for him.
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.
But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.
Only one thing is certain—Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods, and the entire world might be destroyed…
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
My Thoughts On…
Like Jason, Percy finds himself without his memories, unlike Jason Percy is alone and running from two monsters who won’t die. After receiving guidance from the wolf-goddess Percy is finally making his way towards Camp Jupiter, but after days of no sleep and no food, full of running for his life and nearly dying at the hands of the Gorgons Percy still has a long way to go despite being so close.
When he finally makes his way safely to Camp Jupiter Juno, Hera’s Roman equivalent, identifies Percy as the son of Neptune. However arriving with a goddess in his arms, chased by two Gorgons only casts more suspicion on Percy. The Romans are mistrustful of outsiders and even without his memories Percy can tell he doesn’t belong at Camp Jupiter.
The further Percy, Frank and Hazel move towards Alaska, on a quest to free Thanatos, the more of Percy’s memories start to come back. Meanwhile Frank searches for the truth to his powers in who his ancestors were, and the reason his life is tied to a piece of firewood, and Hazel suffers from blackouts and a huge amount of guilt due to her actions in the past, actions she believes will cause Frank and Percy to hate her.
As Percy, Frank and Hazel face down Amazon, long-dead seers and harpies their deadline looms ever closer. There is unrest in Camp Jupiter and it is more than the quest and Thanatos’s life that counts on Percy, Frank and Hazel making it back safely.
I really loved the first book – the introduction to Jason, Piper and Leo, the introduction to the Prophecy of the Seven – however this second one was even better simply for the reintroduction of Percy Jackson. The plot was just as fast paced but with the pieces of the prophecy falling into place there were hints and references to what is still to come making me even more excited to get around to the third book of the series.
Percy, unlike Jason, was kept asleep by Hero for months before the goddess finally needed him to make his way to Camp Jupiter. The only memory Percy has is a name, ‘Annabeth’, and it is that name that keeps him going. Percy may not have any of his memories but the same traits that made him an amazing hero in the first series – his control of his power, his loyalty to his friends and his people, his bravery – are still with him in this book as he embarks on a new adventure.
Hazel has a dark past, one she has never revealed and that only her half-brother, Nico, is aware of. However because of the guilt she feels over her mistakes Hazel is even more determined to make things right again. She knows what awaits for her if she dies again, the Fields of Asphodel, but she does not shy away from going after Thanatos. Hazel is an outcast, too scared of her past and her curse, to rely on anyone save Frank.
Frank, as well as being a demigod, is a legacy; there is a god on both sides of his family tree which possibly makes him the most powerful demigod of the seven. However because of the nature of his curse Frank is also possibly the weakest. Frank is terrified of what could happen if he curse was ever fulfilled and while he doubts himself at times – his courage, his strength, his gift – he knows he needs to come through for his friends and his people at Camp Jupiter.
Despite having a crush on Hazel Frank doesn’t push her by revealing his feelings. He knows there is a lot she is hiding from him and a lot she is still working through, despite not knowing the full truth behind her past or the reason she is so distant. He simply acts as her friend. Hazel is still grieving her past, grieving the people and the potential life she left behind, but she still feels something for Frank, despite realising that it is not the time or the place to focus on her crush.
Like with Jason, Piper and Leo, Frank, Hazel and Percy work incredibly well together on their quest, with each of their strengths making up for the weaknesses in the others. Despite Percy being a hero of Camp Half-Blood and Frank having incredible powers the two are still weak at times, still have moments where they are not the best person to take charge and save the day, and that is where Hazel steps in to save them.
After reading little hints and clues towards the existence of Camp Jupiter and the presence of Roman demigods in The Lost Hero I was incredibly excited to finally see this other half to the demigod world. Camp Jupiter is more than a summer camp, more than Camp Half-Blood, there is a whole city, filled with countless generations of demigods and legacies. It isn’t just a place for teenagers to learn how to fight and protect themselves from monsters before being thrown into the real world, it is a place where demigods are free to live their lives and grow old. However Camp Jupiter is not a utopia, there is still the threat of the giants marching ever closer, and inside the camp there are people who use poisonous words to try and sow discord between the Romans and the Greeks.
At the moment I am enjoying The Heroes of Olympus series much more than the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series; especially now Percy has made his appearance, bursting onto the scene with an impressive show of power. There has been a lot at stake in the first two books already, which leads me to believe there is a lot of heartache in store for all seven of our heroes. Still I can’t wait to get around to the next book.
What did you think of The Son of Neptune? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.