BOOK REVIEW | The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Can someone please take Rick Riordan’s books away from me? Otherwise, I won’t stop reading them non-stop! The last review I posted here was for The Lost Hero, the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, and now I’ll be talking about The Son of Neptune.

Actually, I was planning in talking about The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling as that was the book I was reading in the beginning of the week, but then I lost half the interest I had in that book and decided to move on (and now I’m reading some chapters of The Casual Vacancy every once in a while, until I finish it – hopefully, still this month).

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Title: “O Filho de Neptuno” (in english, “The Son of Neptune”)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Planeta

Number of Pages: 371

Language: Portuguese

Synopsis (Goodreads):

“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.”

My Opinion:

(My opinion is spoiler-free only for The Son of Neptune, there are spoilers of The Lost Hero) 

 

Unlike to what happened to me while reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians – I always thought that the next book could never be better than the one I was reading, but then it always surprised me when I read the next book and it was actually even better -, I already knew how awesome The Son of Neptune was going to be.

It takes place months after the events in The Lost Hero, which gave plenty of time to Leo to build Argo II, and it is summer now. And in the first pages I got very confused because I didn’t read the synopsis because Percy gave me the idea that he spent a lot of time alone during the events of The Lost Hero … but then, I actually read the synopsis, and hey, I understood that Percy was asleep during those months.

The Son of Neptune focus a little bit more on Percy. The first chapters are all about him and he had an important role in the middle of this, but it was also important getting to know the new characters.

So, we have Hazel and Frank, and they have very interesting stories to share. Hazel … HAZEL WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD! And for someone who didn’t read the synopsis, I was shocked when I read about it, and I wanted to know when/with who/why … EVERYTHING! Her past it’s tangled with what’s happening know, and of course we would get to know her better throughout the book, since that the city where they have to go is the same where Hazel lived … IT ALL STARTED THERE! THIS BOOK GAVE ME SO MORE DETAILS, I’M SO HAPPY! And Frank seems very cute, he learned so much about himself and his family, and he found out qualities that he didn’t know he had, powers, courage … And I loved how Riordan created Frank, the mix that he has in him, the fact that he’s greek, roman, chinese and canadian, all at once, it gave so much depth to the character.

But hey, Percy still exists! We get to know that he was asleep for a lot of months and then, when he woke up, was sent to the Camp Jupiter (as Hera/Juno wanted, so it’s all her plan, as we read in the first book). Hera took Percy’s memories, just like she did with Jason, but he remembers Annabeth, at least, which gave me a lot of feels! He looked for her in the roman camp, but then, when he didn’t see her there, he started to understand that he belonged to somewhere else.

As a team, the three of them worked really well. There were times when Hazel and Frank didn’t feel they were useful, because they didn’t have any kind of experience, but as I turned the pages, secrets started to be shared and they trusted each others (with their life, literally).

But we have more new characters [Octavian and Reyna, from Camp Jupiter, for example. I really hated Octavian; he wants power and he’s jealous of everyone who has it and I think that he’ll be important in the next books, but not for the right reasons (I sense he’s going to be the Luke in this series). And in the first pages of the book, I didn’t particularly like Reyna, but then I started to pity her, because of what happens in the last pages and the hopes she has (I feel sorry for her if what I think it will happen actually happens ) … ] and old characters from the previous books, whether they only talk about them, or they dream about them … and some actually appear!

Things didn’t change much since the last book – the Gods are still very misterious, the things they say only mess up with our minds, they say things we WISH REALLY HARD not to happen and they’re still using demigods as pieces in their little game (Gaia and Juno, mostly). And some of them still think it is possible to fight along with the demigods – and that it’s the only way of winning this battle.

Another detail that didn’t change since the last book, was the fact that it took them the entire book to understand what was going on – the real battle was going to happen in Rome and Greece, there were more demigods coming, and Percy, Hazel and Frank needed to convince the romans to work along with the greek demigods. And when they come, that’s pretty much when the book ends … IT WAS SO CLOSE FOR THEM TO MEET, whyyyy!

One of the things I loved (one more) about this book, was the differences between the greek and roman mythology, because it isn’t just about changing the names, it changes their personalities, and in this book we learned more about roman mythology than in The Lost Hero.

As always happens with Riordan’s books, The Son of Neptune made me super curious about the next book, because we have more questions that need answers! And now is when things actually start, since we already have the seven of the prophecy … Jason, Piper and Leo from The Lost Hero; Percy, Hazel and Frank from The Son of Neptune … that makes six … and The Mark of ATHENA will probably give us the seventh demigod! 😂

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