Rick Riordan really knows how to get a reader hooked on a series. The Lost Hero opened with a bang and hooked me in very quickly. I instantly knew that I had to read The Son of Neptune. Read my full review of The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.
*Contains a few mild spoilers sorry!*
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Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Heroes of Olympus takes place in the same world as the original Percy Jackson series but with a new set of demi-gods. The Son of Neptune continues the plot from The Lost Hero and the prophecy of the seven demigods.
The Son of Neptune follows Percy Jackson who has just woken up after an eight-month sleep and lost all his memories. We are also introduced to two new characters: Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang.
The Son of Neptune is a bit slower to start in comparison to The Lost Hero. The Lost Hero really opens with a punch – Jason having no memory at all really intrigues the reader very quickly.
However, once you get into the Son of Neptune the pace moves very well. I couldn’t put it down! It picks up the pace and there are a lot more fight scenes in this book. As usual, Rick Riordan manages to blend Greek Mythology, humour and fast-paced fight scenes perfectly so it feels well balanced.
Frank Zhang is very likeable and is easily the most well-developed character out of the new heroes. The story of his curse and family history really piques your interest and he is selfless and sensitive. I love that Rick Riordan shows us a different side to Children of Ares/Mars. Previously, they have been portrayed as violent and war-mongering.
“There!” Mars finished writing and threw the scroll at Octavian. “A prophecy. You can add it to your books, engrave it on the floor, whatever.”
Unfortunately, there were a few things that I didn’t like. The potential romance between Frank and Hazel was very sweet. However, it could have been developed better and spread out through the series. While both characters are very likeable – the romance felt a tad rushed. It didn’t have the same development as Percy and Annabeth.
I have to mention the Mark of Achilles. Also, I have to mention the Mark of Achilles. I understand that it’s hard to write a whole series with a hero who is invulnerable. However, the execution of stripping Percy of his mark of Achilles was underwhelming, to say the least.
In short, Son of Neptune is enjoyable. The new characters are very well developed and it continues the series very nicely. I would highly recommend this for fans of The Percy Jackson books.
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