Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #2
Genres: YA, fantasy
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.
But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.
Only one thing is certain–Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: The Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed…..
I preferred this instalment of the Heroes of Olympus to the previous, The Lost Hero. The plot was pretty much the standard Riordan staple, peppered with adventure, monsters and mythological references.
What made this book much better than the last was the secondary characters, Frank and Hazel. Of the new heroes introduces so far in this series they are by far my favourites (along with Leo). Frank’s family history and concerns over proving himself and Hazel’s history of self-sacrifice were far more interesting to read about than Jason’s amnesia or even Piper’s story (which I didn’t mind at the time). I loved these two so much that enjoyed their chapters just as much as Percy – who I’m so relieved to have back!
The book brings the two camps and all the heroes together, setting up for an epic quest in the next instalment.