Sunday, 9 January 2011

Book review: The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan

Book data: Hardcover, published in 2010 by Hyperion Books, 557 pages.

Description: Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first audio book in The Heroes of Olympus series.

Review:

If you thought that the Percy Jackson series was already fantastic, wait until you get your hands on the sequel/spin-off series Heroes of Olympus. It combines the brilliance of weaving Greek mythology seamlessly into the modern day world as displayed in the first set of books but now adds the Roman Gods and stories to the mix as well.

In the first book - The Lost Hero - Riordan uses his flair once more to make something that shouldn't be able to fit together seem like a perfect match. I mean, in many ways the Roman Gods are the same as the Greek ones, just with different names and (slightly) altered personalities. Yet in the book they can both co-exist without one story undermining the other.

Not only that but the story takes the word epic just one step further. Fighting Titans and protecting Mount Olympus in Manhattan seems child's play compared to the rise of the big bads in the first book of this new exciting series. And judging from the last few chapters this is nothing compared to what's the come - the biggest battle of them all has been wiped from history and the past may repeat itself if our heroes can't find a way to stop the seemingly inevitable from happening again.

Most fun for me was that while reading The Lost Hero and getting to know the three new main characters of Jason, Piper and Leo there were plenty familiarities to make me feel at home in the world as written down by Riordan. We get to visit Camp Half-Blood again and many of the characters from the first series make an appearance in one form or another. And judging by the title of the next instalment it seems very likely that the famous Percy himself will be the central character once more in the upcoming book.

10/10

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