Rick Riordan, Hyperion Books, 2011, 513 pages.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 and bells
with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name:
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 he mother and commanded Hazel to use
her "gift" for and 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.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far
as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the
Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome
monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a
part in the Prophesy of Seven.
This is a really fun second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. It is true to Riordan's style of fun, mystery and adventure with humour and mythology. I read it to my son and he was riveted, often laughing so hard we had to stop and re-read parts.
Like the last book in this series, there's both Greek and Roman mythology. I love how Riordan incorporates both, staying true to the spirit of each.
And Percy Jackson fans will be happy to have Percy back. It is great to see him again, but I like how he shares the spotlight with Hazel and Frank, kids from Camp Jupiter, the Roman demigod camp. They are great additions, they have complications of their own, but this only makes us feel for them even more.
There are also some great tensions set up between some of the characters and not all of the mysteries are solved, leaving the way for the rest of the series. I know when we finished, my son made me look up when the next book is coming out - he can hardly wait until the fall.
These are such great books for kids, they hit on so many of the things they like wacky funny parts, suspenseful adventure, and they are true to ancient mythology while being relevant and fresh. They are also challenging and engaging enough for younger readers and entertaining enough for older readers.
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