So I have finished the second book of the Heroes of Olympus series, and going from the title I had a sneaky suspicion that our favourite hero would be back as who else who be the son of the water god himself Neptune (Poseidon).
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Taken From Goodreads
So if you check out my goodreads account linked at the bottom of this page you will notice that I have given this book a 5 out of 5 stars and that is because I loved this book and I managed to read through the whole thing in about 8 hours, I simply couldn’t put the book down. I had been reading for that long that my battery had died on my kindle half way through and I had to wait about an hour for a full recharge, let’s say those where the longest 60 minutes of my life.
I am really happy that Percy Jackson is back as for me he is just the hero that everybody loves and anybody in the story who knows him wants to be him. Even though he did come back with the same condition as Jason and that was he wasn’t able to remember where he had come from and he had forgotten everything about himself, expect for one name, Annabeth.
While the first book was mostly based on the Greek aspect of mythology that all the readers of the Percy Jackson series where used top, the second book in this series really focused a lot on the roman aspect and for me that made this book better than the first as it gave something new to the series. Yes the first book did have a few roman aspects like roman versions of gods and the tattoo that Jason has, however it just wasn’t enough to make me feel like it was going to be such a major part of the series.
Now like always with anything that Rick Riordan has written this book allowed you to be able to imagine what the new camp looked like without much thinking (it does come with a map at the beginning but I skipped past it as soon as I saw what it was a map to as I didn’t want spoilers). Not only was it easy to imagine what the camp looked like the character descriptions of Hazel and Frank where spot on, even though at first I basically imagined that frank looked like a wrestler action figure with a baby’s head. Don’t get me started on how amazing his descriptions of the two giants in this book where, let me say that if I was Percy I would of looked at them and there would have been a pile of poo in my pants.
The story like I have said was a lot better in this book then in the first, I don’t know if that was because I didn’t like the idea of the new characters even though by the end of the book I loved them like I do Percy (Percy and Leo will have to fight it out in the later books) or that the second book basically just had a better story, might also help that Canada is my favourite place and I cant wait to visit.
Overall this book is a must read and if you have read the first book in the series but are a bit unsure if you should carry on the series then trust me when I say that you really should as it gets a lot better and I have got really high hopes for the series.
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