Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kernel's Library: The Greek And Roman Plot Thickens

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan Book 00093: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

- The Son of Neptune

First Publication:
- 4th October 2011 by Disney-Hyperion

- The Son of Neptune is the second book in the The Heroes of Olympus series.
- The story is narrated in third person perspective, switching between the point of views of Percy, Frank and Hazel.
- The Son of Neptune has three million copies of initial printing, a record for Disney-Hyperion by that time.

- Winner of the 2011 Goodreads Choice Award
- No. 1 New York Times Bestseller
- No. 1 USA Today Bestseller
- No. 1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
- Amazon Best Book of the Month in October 2011

The Lost Hero left me a little disoriented if we talk about continuity between Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series. But after the new plot line has been established The Son of Neptune comes off smoothly, despite the varying point of views from the first book in the series and the second. For the untrained readers that could be a little too confusing.

The best thing about this book, on the other hand, are the adeptness and skills by Rick Riordan in writing engaging stories and sub plots that will not allow you to put the book down. It's a breathtaking ride through a modern take on both Roman and Greek mythology -- and by mythology we are always faced by apocalypse!

That's a recurring theme for Mr. Riordan (check The Kane Chronicles), but it doesn't seem to grow old on me. He has the machine or something to make an already common topic sound so fresh, leaving you no choice but to enjoy the same old story over and over again.

Plot Synopsis

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a blood-chilling quest:

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.

Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea...

With an ever-expanding cast of brave-hearted heroes and formidable foes, this second book in The Heroes of Olympus series offers all of the action, pathos, and humor that Rick Riordan fans crave.

Grade: A+