Friday, December 6, 2013

The Son of Neptune

Title: The Son of Neptune

Author: Rick Riordan (Book # 2 of The Heroes of Olympus)

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology

Review: Rick Riordan is one of my very favorite authors, and this is the seventh book by him that I have read. The Heroes of Olympus is, in essence, a continuation of the Percy Jackson series. Percy is a demigod - half god, half human - and his father is Poseidon, the sea god. Unlike the Percy Jackson series however, which was written in first person, this book is written in third person, and has several different points of view. It takes a little bit of getting used to, coming right out of the Percy Jackson series, but, as usual, I did enjoy it.

It has a very specific sense of humor, and that is one of my very favorite things about Riordan as an author. He has a way of making something serious and comical at the very same time, and that takes quite a bit of talent to do. I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout this book, which tends to be slightly awkward when there are people around.

The Son of Neptune takes up Percy Jackson's story once more, after having taken a break from him for a book. He finds himself at a Roman camp, not remembering anything about his past. However, there is a problem with the monsters that he keeps trying to kill, as they reform moments after he disposes of them. Death has been captured, and he has to free him. Not only is Percy an especially interesting character, but there are also two other points of view in this book - Hazel and Frank - each with their own secrets. Everything wraps up to a very satisfying ending, though it does leave you craving another book.

Overall, I would recommend The Son of Neptune to anyone who is a fan of Greek or Roman mythology, as Riordan definitely does a good job of making a story worth reading. In addition, even if you're just a fan of fantasy, this is definitely a fun series to look into.