I recently finished reading the second book in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series: The Son of Neptune. Now I’m a huge Riordan fan; I’ve read all of the Percy Jackson series and when I was in Bali I found the first Heroes of Olympus book.
I’ve always been obsessed with Greek Mythology and loved reading about it in Riordan’s books.
The new series is set after the events of the Percy Jackson’s adventures. The basic idea is a great evil is going to destroy the world unless seven heroes from the great prophecy work together to defeat her.
What makes the new series different from the old is the introduction of Roman demigods. It is well know that the gods of Rome are pretty much the same as the Greek ones except their names were changed and aspects of their personalities. It’s always interesting to read about the different gods and goddesses.
The Son of Neptune continues on from the first book but instead of from the Greek camp’s prospective it;s from the Roman camp’s. Percy Jackson makes his return as do many other characters from the original series.
This one thing I must say for the series; I’ve read all the Percy Jackson books and even I find it hard to remember all the characters. It’s been a while since I read the series, but characters would be mentioned and I’d have to think really hard as to who they are and what role they played in the original series. Riordan does his best to remind readers of the characters, but I think you’d have to either read both series all at once or have the Percy Jackson books near you to look things up. Maybe It’s just me but I like to know how the characters all fit in together.
Apart from that, The Son of Neptune is everything you would expect from Riordan’s books. The writing is fluid, engaging and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. You don’t have to be a kid to love this series. I can’t wait for the third book to be released.