Rick Riordan fan girl over the past year of this blog. I was bananas about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and found the ending one of the most satisfying since Harry Potter; than I had the privilege of meeting him to get my sweet new copy of The Red Pyramid signed. Of course he didn't disappoint! Not only was he perfectly lovely and answered each persons question as they came up, while signing HUNDREDS of books (the indigo staff estimated 500!!), he also took the time to talk about the books, what inspired them and to announce the new Olympians series- The Heroes of Olympus.
Then I read The Red Pyramid and decided it was official, he was now one of the authors I quite fervently admired- not only for his skill in writing great characters and stories but for his very unique crazy writing schedule! Two books a year??! Almost unheard of! Except for Cassandra Clare I can't think of another author out there doing this.
Anyhow, it stands to reason that I would love The Lost Hero and it quite honestly killed me to wait an ENTIRE month to read it. Such self restraint, I know.
Now listen, I loved The Red Pyramid, didn't even mind the much maligned narration (in fact kind of enjoyed it once I got used to it), so I'll be the first to admit I may be a little inclined to love all Rick writes. That said I have to say I enjoyed The Lost Hero immensely. I've refrained from reading any other reviews until I'd read it myself so I'm not sure what everyone else is saying yet, but for me this was just as magical as the first series.
The Lost Hero starts with Jason at Wilderness camp. He has no memory of anything that's come before in his life, but his Girlfriend Piper and best friend Leo can vouch he's been with them the past several months at this school for the difficult. If that isn't weird enough they're almost immediately beset by monsters, their "coach" reveals he's a satyr and two kids come charging in on a chariot flown by Pegasus looking for some kid named Percy. And thus begins the story started with the next great prophecy announced at the end of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
One of the big differences in The Heroes of Olympus is that Rick follows three Demigods instead of just the one (it was Percy's book through and through for the other series). The chapter heading lists the character, just like in The Red Pyramid, and for the chapter the story continues on but from a different view point. What I loved about this was how quickly he was able to give the reader background on each Demigod. Obviously with Percy, these revelations had to come out in a moment of bonding, and so it took quite a bit of time to get to the personality quarks of each of the people he was getting to know. But since this series will eventually encompass 7 Demigods it was nice to get each of the first three backgrounds out there in the first book, and I think it helps you bond with all three of the Demigods at the same time.
Obviously questing teenagers, with godly powers, coupled with monsters and craziness makes for a page turning read, but like always Rick throws in some great comic moments, not to mention some fab new reveals. The twist to this prophecy and these Demigods was lots of fun to discover and had me dying to share with someone. Unfortunately I'm the first of my little reading circle to read it so I'll just have to suck it up and wait.
The ending, with the reveal of the next books title- Son of Neptune- was so exciting I might not make it to next fall to read it. Honestly, I'm just going to wish my life away in the interim.
The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Hyperion October 2010