The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #1
Genres: YA, fantasy
When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?
I originally tried to read this book last year straight after finishing The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5). According to Goodreads, I DNFed at about 20%. To be perfectly honest though, I didn’t remember more than the first few chapters. Time having passed and after reading The Hidden Oracle, The House of Hades and The Sword of Summer, I thought it was time for another go.
I enjoyed the book so much more this time around, and suspect that I just wasn’t in the headspace to accept a group of new characters in the same world. I definitely missed Percy, Annabeth etc. but Piper, Jason and especially Leo grew on me quickly.
The writing style is a little different to PJO, with the POV switching between the main characters. This is good, because I found Piper and Leo much more interesting than leading man Jason, and was glad not to be stuck in his head for the entire novel. On the other hand, the writing feels more grown-up and serious than Percy’s POV and I missed his humour and the funny chapter titles.
The plot was pretty by-the-book for the series and reminded me a lot of a drawn out version of The Lightning Thief. I felt that it dragged a bit in some places and could have lost 50-100 pages somewhere. The Roman-themed mythology sounds like a interesting new direction and I feel like the rest of the series has a lot of potential. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, The Son of Neptune, finding out how the various demigods come together and learning more about the Roman camp.