August 28th, 2011 by Nancy
There’s a storm raging right now (literally, Hurricane Irene is currently pouring on NYC, where Karen and I live), so I decided to stay inside with The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Right when I finished the book, lightning flashed outside my window — maybe a sign of approval from Zeus?
Last fall, Karen wrote about The Heroes of Olympus, a new series by Rick Riordan that continues the adventures of the Camp Half-Blood kids. In case you’re not familiar: Camp Half-Blood is a camp where demigods (children of Greek gods and mortals) hide out and learn to fight monsters. They have special powers. Need more information? Pick up the awesome Percy Jackson series.
So, back to business: I just finished the first book in the series, The Lost Hero, which was also pretty awesome. It’s told from three demigods’ perspectives: Jason, Leo, and Piper. All three of them have complicated pasts. Jason woke up with amnesia, Leo feels guilty over his mother’s death, and Piper’s just found out that her father disappeared. And they still have to find out which Greek god is one of their parents.
This is the part of the recommendation where I really don’t want to give out any spoilers, but I really want blab everything because it was so great. Here are a few more morsels: Jason speaks Latin. Leo can fix anything. And Piper can convince strangers to give her expensive cars. It’s a great continuation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series (I won’t even complain that Percy wasn’t in the book in person — uh oh, was that a spoiler?), and even if you haven’t read the PJTO books, I guarantee you’ll like it. I’ll just leave it at this: the last sentence of the book made me shout “OMG!!!” really loud (which scared my visiting family a bit). I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, The Son of Neptune.
And if you noticed that Neptune isn’t a Greek god, it’s a Roman god — well, that’s very clever of you and a big deal in the series. And if you didn’t notice… well, oops, spoiler.
Nancy’s off to read the first chapter of The Son of Neptune many, many times until it’s released on October 4th!