Original Title: The Son of Neptune
Year Published: 2011
Published by: Penguin UK
Number of Pages: 522
First Sentence: “The snake-haired ladies were starting to annoy Percy.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
ONE CURSED DEMIGOD.
TWO NEW HEROES.
A QUEST TO UNLEASH THE
GOD OF DEATH…..
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.
But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.
Only one thing is certain–Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: The Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed…..
This was a wild ride from start to finish and I absolutely loved it. The Percy Jackon books just keep on surprising me and apparently Riordan can’t write something bad.
Percy returns in this one (Jason was the mc in the first book) and it was such a pleasure. I missed him and his dry wit. Just like Annabeth I fell in love with him during the first series. He is a fun and brilliant mc, and not invincible. He as flaws and knows that he does so.
That is what I love the most about these books. The core of the story is always friendship. Without friends, none of our main characters would have managed to complete the missions they are sent on. And it is never just one hero and then sidekicks, no they are all heroes, with characteristics and knowledge that makes them vital to the success of the mission.
If you already are a fan of the PJ books you and participate in discussions about the books, you probably already know that they are filled with diverse characters. Same thing here. We got people of different race, sexuality and to some extent: disability. I’m not going to list them all here, but you can easily search for this on either Google or Tumblr.
The plot here is fun and entertaining. It’s the perfect mix of action and a proper plot. It has some depth, not too much, and a healthy dose of humour. We also get a lot of different issues being discussed and approached in a good and healthy way (at least in my eyes). As always Riordan handles the mythology in a fun way without getting too far away from the actual myths.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do!