Most of you guys might had been itching to read the second book of the second series of Percy Jackson – The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune – when it was released after one year subsequent to the first book, The Lost Hero. I myself had felt the same way, too. Previously, I was not into reading fantasy novels, but the way my sisters eagerly talked about the first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, convinced me enough to read the whole series as well. True enough, I enjoyed every bit of the story and I never regretted to have made that decision.
At first I thought the second series would be about the second generation of demigods after Percy’s time, but little did I know that the story still set at a present time, just months after the great battle between Percy and Kronos. With that said, the story did not just end in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The Heroes of Olympus is basically the continuation of the first, and it will be in this series that the “Great Prophecy”, which was discussed a bit in the first series, will largely take place. This time, Gaea – the earth goddess – is the enemy. How will they defeat her? I don’t have the slightest idea.
While the first series mainly focused on Percy Jackson and his quests, the second series paved its way to introduce other new significant heroes or demigods from both the Greek and Roman sides. I will not delve much into details in the first book, since I assumed most of you were already aware of the plot in The Lost Hero – Jason Grace finding himself in a strange place without any memories of the past and eventually made friends with Greek demigods, Piper and Leo, and stayed in Camp Half-Blood, while ultimately remembering bits and pieces of his past toward the end of the book. On the other hand, evident by just its front book cover and the title, The Son of Neptune revolved around Percy and his stay at the Roman camp, the Camp Jupiter.
Throughout the book, readers will actually see the differences between the Greek and Roman camps and how each camp was run by their leaders. In my opinion, I believed both camps were unique and I have no intention of favoring one over the other. Both camps had their own core values and own method of training, so campers from both camps will be strongly molded in such way.
I was a bit disappointed at some part of the book because I noticed that how Percy felt when he was not able to remember anything from his past except his girlfriend, Annabeth, was not described and discussed in full detail, so I didn’t exactly feel a connection with him. On the other hand, the Percy I had previously known remained the same, he still had his humor and wit, but I can see how he became more mature over the course of time. Hazel and Frank were the characters Rick Riordan focused on the most. Readers will actually be surprised by their godly bloodline and the powers they possess which will eventually make them more lovable to the readers. It was unfortunate that only a few gods appeared in the book. I was kind of expecting for Poseidon (or Neptune) to appear, but he didn’t. However, other gods might surprise some readers, especially by the way Thanatos was described.
Moving on, as far as characters are concerned, I came to hate and love a few characters here and there to the point that I would feel giddy towards some characters and at the same time, I wanted to strangle another. Some minor characters, like Ella the wise harpy, I believed, would eventually play a major role in the series and I can’t wait to read more about her. I was glad that I got to be involved in the book by judging whom I felt should be trusted and whom I should be doubtful of.
One of the things I liked about the book was that Rick Riordan was able to fascinatingly incorporate educational information in the book by introducing readers to Greek and Roman gods. I’m sure most readers, including myself, came to familiarize themselves in Greek mythology. Rick Riordan, then, further found a connection between the Greek gods and Roman gods in an amusing and creative way. While Greek gods, as a matter of fact, have their Roman god names counterpart, Rick Riordan differentiated those two by giving them different personalities, as what was mentioned in the book as well.
I also liked Rick Riordan’s writing style. Just like Nicholas Sparks, he was able to make me eagerly turn pages one after another, hardly putting the book down. And in just three days, I was able to finish the thick book. Although the story ended with a cliffhanger and I wanted to immediately start with the next book, the third book is still non-existent, so apparently, I have to wait for another year to ease my hunger for more Percy Jackson stories. All in all, this was worth reading and those who loved the first series will come to love the second series as well.
After reading the book, a lot of questions have been playing around my mind, but one thing that stood out the most was this: What role will Annabeth play in the next book and what will become of her and Percy?