Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Published: October 12th 2010
Genre: Fantasy/ Young Adult
Format: 557 pages
Jason wakes up in a school bus holding hands with a girl called Piper who claims to be his girlfriend but the problem is he can’t remember how he ended up in the bus or even who he is. He also has a best friend named Leo and they’re all students at the Wilderness School— a boarding school for troubled kids. When a monster attacks them during the school trip they discover that Coach Hedge is a satyr who’s supposed to protect them—the half-bloods— and deliver them safely to Camp Half-Blood.
When they reach Camp Half-Blood with the assistance of a extraction team they find out that they’re demigods— the offspring of the gods. Leo is claimed by Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths and fire and Piper is claimed by Aphrodite, the goddess of love, but Jason feels like he doesn’t belong and that something is terribly wrong. Percy Jackson who is a demigod from Camp Half-Blood has disappeared with no warning and his girlfriend Annabeth is searching for him everywhere. The gods have gone silent. Hera—the queen of gods— has sent messages to Jason, Leo, and Piper asking for help. A force older than the Gods and titans is rising and must be stopped before it’s too late. Jason, Piper and Leo are sent on a quest to free Hera, riding on the back of a metal dragon. Are they part of the seven demigods who will take part in the Great Prophecy?
When I heard that Percy will not be a part of this book I felt very depressed at first but then I continued to read The Lost Hero and I got used to the new characters. I really liked how Rick added the Roman forms of the gods in this book and that there was a whole different world for demigods we didn’t know about. I spent half the book wondering what could’ve possibly happened to Percy, no one could find him not the demigods nor the Hunters of Artemis so I was worried. Jason already has his special weapon and already knows how to fight but seeing how Leo and Piper learned to handle monsters during their quest was cool. Each of them had to rescue the other two when they were completely helpless at one point or another and they finally began to trust each other. I hated how they were keeping so many secrets from each other at first. There were many unexpected run-ins with villains who were supposedly dead for a long time like Medea the evil sorceress who helped the original Jason steal the Golden Fleece and Midas the king who turned anything he touched into gold. Throughout the book hints have been dropped to give Jason clues about who he is and that he’s not a Greek demigod. Hera/Juno has left enough memories in Jason’s head for him to realize he has a sister! I’m glad Rick decided to include a demigod from Aphrodite’s cabin for this quest, they’ve been underestimated for too long. I thought Piper was brilliant, how she remembered all those old greek myths and how her charmspeak abilities developed. She knew her father was in danger yet she still continued to help her friends, she was there to comfort both Leo and Jason. Leo Valdez was amazing with his ridiculous comments on everything, he had a very rough childhood and was terrified of his own powers but he managed to use his skills and powers to destroy every monster in his way. A really heartbreaking thing about this spin-off series is that there aren’t any more funny memorable chapter titles, only the name of the character in which the chapter would be told from their point of view. This book ends as a cliff-hanger with a sudden realization leaving all the readers anxious for the next book.
I recommend this book to everyone!!!
My Favourite Quotes:
“You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?” ~Jason
“You must forge your own path for it to mean anything.” ~Hera
“You sent a bunch of intestinally challenged cows after my friend Annabeth”~Thalia Grace
“I don’t even LIKE Star Trek!” ~Leo Valdez
“My point is that love is the most powerful motivator in the world. It spurs mortals to greatness. Their noblest, bravest acts are done for love.” ~Aphrodite