Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #9
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: Beckendorf and Percy Jackson blew up a cruise ship full of monsters.
OLD ENEMIES AWAKEN AS CAMP HALF-BLOOD’S NEW ARRIVALS PREPARE FOR WAR.
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 who must embark on a terrifying new quest, which must be completed 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 loved delving into the world of Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase again. For someone with an obsession with reading, Greek mythology and fantasy, this series is definitely one that has me coming back again and again – so the expansion of the Percy Jackson verse was kind of exciting. Plus, it begins a journey that is way more intense and epic than Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
The Lost Hero introduces three new key characters to the Percy Jackson verse – Piper, Leo and Jason. And, honestly, it is a tie between whether I love Piper or Annabeth more. Piper is the daughter of love and as such, feels kind of useless and insignificant. But, throughout the tale, she proves again and again and again the power of such an emotion. She isn’t the meek, vain girl that is expected, but a power in her own right. Her journey to discovering her own strength while helping her comrades was so nice, and again, Riordan helped to remind us that we all have our own strengths and weaknesses, and in embracing them we can discover who we truly are.
Adding a slightly violence crazed satyr to the mix of powerful piper, lost Leo and forgetful Jason helped to add more flavour and humour to the story. His habit of yelling die and taking swings at potential enemies with his baseball bat was such a stark contrast to Grover that I couldn’t help but giggling. It also had me rereading the book a few times, if only to giggle at the slightly more inopportune moments of his violent emotions.
The conclusion of this story brings to light the Roman-Greek crossover throughout this series. I had wondered about the Roman side of the Gods while reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians, so finding out that this had been considered throughout the writing process was fun and interesting. And, as with his adaptation of the Greek Gods, very well thought out and engaging.
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