Review: The son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – reviewed by Jack Scanlon

  • Title: The son of  Neptune
  • Author: Rick Riordan
  • Series: Heroes of Olympus – book 2
  • Previous book in series: The lost hero
  • Genre: Mythology/Fantasy
  • Available from the library: Yes
  • First sentence: “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.”   


Book Summary: (from author website)

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 prophecy? 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 humour that Rick Riordan fans crave.

Review by Jack Scanlon: (written for Viewpoint magazine and will appear in the Autumn edition)

‘Since Percy’d lost his memory, his whole life was one big fill-in-the-blank. He was _________________, from__________________. He felt like _________________, and if the monsters caught him, he’d be_________________.’

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. If Percy ever wants to get his memory back, he has to go to Camp Jupiter where he will find the rest of the half-bloods. When entering the camp, he meets two half-bloods, Hazel and Frank, who are both loners in the camp.

But little do they know they are the ones destined for an epic quest, and have been chosen for the Prophecy of Seven. The doors of death are opened and Percy, Hazel and Frank must reach Antarctica before it’s too late. 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.

The Percy Jackson series has a wide variety of relatable characters, the book is always making you chuckle or has you on the edge on your seat with every page. The book doesn’t only offer Percy’s perspective, but also Hazel and Frank’s perspective too, giving the reader a really good look at the situation from all angles, and also giving each of these characters a rich and interesting back story. Each character faces their own physiological warfare but also needs to focus on the real wars that could soon occur.

I would recommend this book for people aged 13-17 and I think this because kids these ages would be able to relate to the book a lot. This book is probably one of my favourite books out of the Percy Jackson series and maybe even my favourite book period.

Read the first chapter on Rick Riordan’s website.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – reviewed by Jack Scanlon

  1. Great review, Jack! So terrific to receive recommendations from keen readers. Love the energy of your writing style and look forward to hearing about other books you’d recommend.

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