The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well played, Mr. Riordan. You took Greek and Roman mythology, combined those two with today's modernized and technological society, and you did so with aplomb. Not many authors would be able to relate ancient mythology to today's average child, with iPads and HD TVs on their Christmas lists. But he is able to do so in such a manner that kids are left eagerly awaiting the next installment (no seriously. The next book in this series won't be out till fall 2012. Lame). I'm a huge fan of mythology, and these books appeal to both that side of me, as well as to the side of me that wants fast paced, easy to read books.
First and foremost, this is a children's book. No big words (besides in different languages), no cursing, and no inappropriate comments. It is fast paced and full of adventure, most likely to keep children's attention but also because there's no other way to write a story about gods and goddesses. This is the second book in the "Heroes of Olympus" series, a spin off of the hugely popular Percy Jackson series. And surprise! Percy shows up in this one! Except on the Roman side of life, at Camp Jupiter in California, and with no memory of his life. It's up to him to gain the Roman camp's trust, as well as help Frank and Hazel, two young Roman demigods, thwart the plans of Gaea (a very vengeful Mother Earth).
Like I said, there is a lot going on in this book. Lots of characters, lots of action, and a lot to keep track of. It helps a lot to have read the Percy Jackson series first, but I DEFINITELY recommend at least reading The Lost Hero, the first book in this series. Otherwise you'll be pretty lost. They are all very well written, both informative on mythology, and interesting and fun to read. I read this one in 3 sittings, and that was only because I forced myself to pace my reading. Goes quickly, and you'll be left waiting anxiously for the next Rick Riordan book.
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