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.
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.
Okay, I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. Like, I knew the moment that Percy burst on the scene, I was like YESSSSSSSSSS. PERCY TIME. I’M GOOD TO GO. And then I find two more new characters and MY BABIES COACH HEDGE AND LEO HAVE VAMOOSED THE BOOK SCENE??? I was thinking this was going to be a bumpy ride…and it totally wasn’t.
I have to say that I was loving Percy missing his memory. Like, it felt so cool to get all the hidden things snuck in there about the previous series and be over here like, HAHA JUST YOU WAIT, PERCY. I loved how little snippets of his memory would come back, but how he still went with the new camp and making new friends. Percy is still one of the best characters that I’ve ever seen in YA, and this book really shone because of him. Even though he didn’t know quite who he was, he still was Percy.
The new characters…….okay, I have some conflicting thoughts. I was super hesitant about both of them. I mean, it took me forever to warm up to Piper and Jason, AND NOW RIORDAN GIVES ME TWO NEW ONES. HOW DARE HE. I’m still super iffy about Frank. Like, I felt I wanted more from him. I liked his personal growth story and more about accepting himself, but I just felt…I didn’t feel a lot about him. I’m interested to see how he is in the next few books, because I feel like I could really grow to like him but right now he’s just so meh.
As the book went on, I really grew to like Hazel. At the beginning, I did feel like eh about her, but as the story went, there was just something about her that I just really began to love. She is so deep for a 13 year old, and she just had this aura of cool, fierce female that was going to do anything for those she loved. Her relationship with Nico was something interesting to see, and gosh, I felt for her so much. Same thing with her mother, and she has a passion for horses, SO YAYAYAY FOR ANOTHER YA CHARACTER HAVING A PASSION.
I also love how much more diverse these books are getting. I mean, we had some diversity in the first series (lol not much, tho, if I’m being honest), but we keep getting more and more diverse main characters in these books, and I’m just so excited about that.
I also really enjoyed the new characters that were brought in from Camp Jupiter. Um, Octavian might be my favorite villain of all time? I was crying the first time we met him, and I just feel like he’s one of the villains that will want to be taking over the world but you just can’t take them seriously. Ella is fantastic, and TYSON AND HER MIGHT GO DOWN AS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHIPS. PLEASE LET IT BE A THING. The other characters were intriguing as well, and I did get some new loves of the ghost, Villerius or however he spells it and the god of boundaries. Riordan just a way with characterization even for the smallest parts in the book.
Where I stumbled a bit was with the plot sometimes. For the first…maybe 20% of the book, I just wasn’t feeling it. It was an overwhelming feeling of, oh gosh, we’re not doing this again. Like, do I really have to go through another character getting acquainted to a camp with no memory and a bunch of new characters that I have no stake in the game with? However, as time went on, I really started to not care and I became invested again in our new characters and their quest. Soon enough,I was blowing through every chapter to find out what was going to happen and the last 20% was so many five crowns for me. Although I did feel at the end, the plot got a little disjointed because I felt like there was just a million plots being added on for the rest of the series and I was like oh, kk, I got it and then I was like oh, wait another thing, and then I was like WAIT WHAT EVEN MORE, NO WONDER THE NEXT FEW BOOKS ARE GIANTS.
Overall, I definitely think this was a great addition to the Percy name and this new series. I was so hesitant about this book when I was first starting since I thought for sure it would just be a copy of the first book in the series. However, Riordan found a way to make it creative and new, and he introduced us to a bunch of new characters that were enjoyable. I’m still waiting on Frank a bit, but I really like Hazel. Super excited to see where this leads next…since there really is a million of different plots that it could go! Four crowns and an Ariel rating!
What do you think? Who was your favorite character in the Heroes of Olympus series? Let’s discuss in the comments below!