With The Son of Neptune, the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series, author Rick Riordan knocks yet another one right out of the park, away from the city and somewhere into the next continent over.
Seriously, this is one amazingly good book.
As long-time reader dudes know, I’m a big fan of the Percy Jackson series of books (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), which details the rise of Percy Jackson, a young demigod, the son of the Greek god Poseidon and a mortal woman. It seems the Greek gods are still busy getting busy, if you know what I mean, because there are a lot of half-blood demigods running around in the modern world. Not to mention more than a few monsters.
The previous series ended in a climactic battle to save the world. In an epilogue, we readers learned about another dangerous prophecy that might be coming true soon. Turns out, oddly, it started coming true in the current series of books. The first book in the Heroes of Olympus series (The Lost Hero) made a serious departure from form in that it didn’t actually star Percy Jackson. Well, problem solved here.
An amnesiac Percy Jackson stumbles into the deep end once again when he stumbles into a camp full of Roman demigods, to be distinguished from their Greek counterparts such as Percy. Although he doesn’t know much more than his own name, Percy is accepted into the Legion of descendants from the Roman aspects of the Greek gods. Danger in the form of giants leading a giant army of monsters threatens the camp, so Percy and two new friends, Hazel and Frank, must go on a quest to Alaska to defeat an unbeatable enemy and bring back the Legion’s standard, that just might be able to turn the tide in battle.
Rotating among the three friends, each serving as the narrator in various chapters, Riordan does a great job of letting us into their heads, bless their little confused hearts. Both Frank and Hazel carry some pretty heavy burdens, and some secrets that are even heavier. Both of them will be called upon to make sacrifices they don’t want to make.
Full of adventure, monsters and a fun-loving sense of humor, this is a fantastic book and a great continuation of the story. I basically tore through this thing in a day or so. It’s well worth your time in reading it and I highly recommend it to you and to any younger dudes and dudettes who love a good story. This is the good stuff.
I give it five (5) dudes out of five. Great, great book. Go get it. You won’t regret it.