Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #95: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #95: The Son of Neptune by Rick RiordanThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on July 2, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Pages: 521
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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four-stars

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.....

Recommended by:  Debby (Snuggly Oranges), who also bought me this pretty for my birthday. Weeee!

Percy’s back! You know, I never really knew how much I cared about Percy until I read The Lost Hero. I knew he would be okay, but I just missed him and his Percy ways. He’s so crucial, even to this series which moves beyond just him in scope. Percy is the humor and the heart of the series and I’m so glad he’s back. As a result, The Son of Neptune definitely upped the badass factor and holy shit are things intense already.

Finally, I got to meet the rest of the seven from the prophecy. Frank and Hazel round out the group and add their third person narration to Percy’s. Though I still don’t care for them as much as I do the heroes from the first series, Frank and Hazel are a big improvement on Piper, Jason, and Leo. They also add even more (much needed) diversity. Their personalities still lack the vibrancy and humor that I love so much in Riordan’s characters, but they’re really nice and have freaking sweet powers. Perhaps these two will come into their own now that all the background stuff for them is out of the way.

As The Son of Neptune opens, Percy’s running from three gorgons. They’re silly and not all that difficult to defeat as monsters go. The problem is that they’ve been following Percy for a long time and he can’t kill them. At some point he’ll have to sleep and they can kill him. The whole monsters-not-staying-dead problem has gotten so much worse. Now they return almost as soon as they vaporize. The situation is bad. How do you defeat monsters that won’t stay dead? The stakes are so high already, which really explains why sobbing is equated with the later novels.

The differences between the Roman and Greek methodologies are really cool, though I’m not educated enough on this part of history to completely unpack the awesomeness of this. The lines between Greek and Roman are clearly demarcated in some ways but also invisible in others. A stark difference can be seen between Mars and Ares, but death, Thanatos, is called by the Greek name even by the Romans. Camp Jupiter definitely isn’t as friendly a place, and I can see why the middle grade series wasn’t set in this camp. What’s interesting is that the Roman camp seems more harsh and militaristic, but they actually have a plan for demigods to settle down and live after they complete their quests.

Percy immediately makes friends in the Roman camp, the way that he’s wont to do. Finally, I learn that I was correct about Percy’s tragic flaw and I’m so proud of myself. Percy was the perfect ambassador to the rival camp. His bond with Frank and Hazel isn’t as close as the one he shares with the Camp Half-Blood crew, but he loves quickly and strongly.

Cleverest mythology jokes of The Son of Neptune: Iris running a hippie shop and Amazons running Amazon. Now we all know how Amazon manages to deliver products so quickly. I’m glad to see the Amazons too, since there are slightly more badass dudes than ladies in the main cast, but that should about even things out.

There are some fabulous new characters. Obviously, I love Arion, a horse born of two gods, through some union I don’t really want further details about. He’s freaking awesome and swears up a storm that Percy chooses not to translate. Then there’s Ella, a harpy. Formerly a villain, Ella’s now an ally. She’s so sweet and a bit hard to understand, but I love her and that she gets to be a good guy. The way that good and evil become twisted about in Riordan’s series is my favorite thing. I mean, heck, Gaea, mother earth, is the big bad of Heroes of Olympus.

One thing I’m not so sure about is how View Spoiler »

Since I love watching groups work out alliances and come to grudgingly trust one another, I’m really excited to see the Greek and Roman camps merge in The Mark of Athena. I’m also really looking forward to getting all seven heroes together. Also, now that all the pieces are in place, I think the shit is really about to hit the fan.

Favorite Quote:

“Now, come over here so I can pat you down.”

“But you don’t have-” Percy stopped. “Uh, sure.”

He stood next to the armless statue. Terminus conducted a rigorous mental pat down.

“You seem to be clean,” Terminus decided. “Do you have anything to declare?”

“Yes,” Percy said. “I declare that this is stupid.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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6 responses to “Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #95: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan”

  1. Gillian says:

    THAT QUOTE JUST MADE ME GRIN LIKE ONLY PERCY CAN DO

    When I started TSoN, I actually sighed and said, “I MISSED YOU, PERCY” out loud.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I KNOWWWWW. JOKES ARE BACK. Seriously did not know how much I loved this kid until Riordan held him hostage. *hugs Percy tightly*

  2. EEEEEEEE YAY PERCY. He really is the heart of every single book he’s in. *glares at Uncle Rick over TBOO* *glares foreverrrrrrrrr*

    ELLA IS SO ADORABLE OMG I almost forgot how much I loved her. And forever lol at the Amazons running Amazon. That was the best. Arion is also awesome. I’m sad we didn’t get to hear much more from him through Percy in the later books ;____;

    That quote perfectly captures how perfect Percy is. Perfect. *cough*
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I just will never understand the choices made about who gets to narrate what in this series. The first couple make some amount of sense, though it still sucks Annabeth couldn’t narrate a couple chapters in TLH. Whateverrrrr.

      Ella and Tyson are so great, even though they’re barely in the books. I love Ella’s sassy awesomeness and also just that there are good monsters in this series more often. Haaaa, the Amazons. It explains so much, really.

      Best quote of the series maybe. Though his riffing on Dionysus against those pirates is also pretty great.

  3. You know, I felt the same way about Percy. That I didn’t realize how much I loved his personality until he wasn’t there in The Lost Hero. This series gets better, though! The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades are my favorites from this whole series.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Percy annoyed me a bit at first, but he’s really come a long way. I knew that I liked him, but I had no idea how important he was to me until Riordan took him away, which is really the thing I like most about him disappearing. Thank goodness he’s back. I also agree with you on series favorites. The House of Hades was my fave, I think.

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