Title: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #10
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: She didn’t really believe in charms or fortune telling or ghosts.
The Son of Neptune reintroduces yet another one of my favourite characters from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Nico completely plucked at my heartstrings throughout his story and his inability to fit in (even with children who tend to be misfits) made me feel some kind of kinship with him. He is still very dark and unhappy and has a layer of mystery surrounding him – it’s hard to tell whether he is on the side of the heroes, or willing to let the world fall.
The Son of Neptune rounds out the seven heroes that are supposed to save the world. With the addition of Hazel and Frank, the group is complete – not only in numbers, but also in personalities. Hazel is the complete opposite of both Annabeth and Piper – she is meek and has a very dark and troubled past. Contrastingly, Frank is gangly and very unsure of himself and his powers. They’re the cutest of the demigods (at least in my opinion). Contrasted against the others’ confidence and amazing abilities, the insecurities and ways in which they are just slightly more withdrawn from the world not only makes me want to hug them, but also makes their journeys of discovery so much more potent.
Paralleling Hazel’s past with Frank, Percy and Hazel’s quest provided two enthralling storylines that pulled me in. One was fast paced and almost impossible to predict what was going to happen, while the other was laden with foreshadowing and provided you with glimpses into the heroine’s insecurities.
Without giving much away, the idea that Death could be chained was fascinating. I’m sure that everyone has wanted to stop Death in its tracks – losing someone you love is incredibly painful. But, the realities of this are driven home throughout the story. Yes, Death could be cheated, but then even those that wanted the peace of death may be forced to come back. It was a great reminder that the beauty and importance of life is highlighted through the darkness of death.
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