Review: The Son of Neptune | Jackson’s Return

Review: The Son of Neptune | Jackson’s ReturnThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion Book on October 4th, 2011
Genres: Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 521
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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 any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

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 her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an 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 infront 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.

Wow. This was an amazing book and totally worth the wait. Rick Riordan did it again.

He had a big job ahead of him. The Roman camp (Camp Jupiter) was different from Camp Half-Blood, which I’m happy about. For some reason, I thought it would be an exact replica of Camp Half-Blood, but it wasn’t. I personally was a little slow to warm to the Roman camp but by the time Percy, Frank, and Hazel left on their quest, I was pretty much accepting the Romans.

I have a feeling Octavian has the potential to become a very dangerous character. I was wondering how they’d work out the whole prophecy part, seeing as Romans don’t have an Oracle, so I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with his role. I think how they’re receiving their prophecies is very true to the Roman character portrayed in this book.

Frank was a surprising character, as was Hazel. And Leo??? What! Okay, I won’t say it but there’s definitely a surprise waiting for us when he and Hazel meet up and have a real discussion. That was unexpected. Frank’s ability and role were also somewhat unexpected but I must say, his Olympian parent was somewhat predictable. I was a little sad that it didn’t turn out to be what he wanted. I have to say, I like Ares’s Roman form (Mars) much better than his Greek.

Nico’s role was definitely surprising. I didn’t expect him to be in the book so early. But that was amazing. I am glad that Percy’s memories returned differently than Jason’s. After having read the book, I like Percy way more (he’s a lot tougher) than I did before but I still like Jason better. Sorry, Percy die-hards.

All in all, I think you’ve probably already gathered that The Son of Neptune was amazing and Rick Riordan is one of the best authors ever.

P.S. I’ve accepted Annabeth’s role in the series but I’m still disappointed she has such a large one. But Riordan will do well with it.

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  1. I love Rick Riordan. I'm a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series, both of them. Have you read the Kane Chronicles? They are good too!