Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Published: October 4th 2011
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Format: 521 pages
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. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front 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.
Finally Percy is back!!! I honestly found this book the hardest to read from the entire series the first time I read it but now that I’m rereading it I was able to enjoy all of its aspects and didn’t find it boring. Sure it was a little slow at first but as you continue to read it becomes much better. I can’t help but admire how Rick created a whole new fictional world but managed to keep it in relation with the modern real world we live in, others would find it easier to just create a whole different world with no relation whatsoever with reality. His use of humour in any given scenario even when it comes to violent monsters is baffling, he has the ability to make any serious life-threatening situation fun and entertaining without losing its importance. I also appreciate the Glossary at the end of each book reminding me which god is which, new latin terms, and any other foreign words that are unfamiliar. I still have trouble pronouncing all the names of the giants and other monsters and I’d find it super helpful to provide a guide on how those terms are pronounced. There was a map showing the layout of Camp Jupiter which I loved(always love a map). It was hard to like Frank at first, there wasn’t a lot of interesting special things going on for him, but his character developed so much throughout the book, he learned his heritage, his powers, his skills and his potential. Now I’m proud to have read about Frank Zhang. Hazel was mysterious from the start, we didn’t know anything about who she was and why what happened was her fault, we got to see how the judges behaved in the Underworld. She was a true brave warrior from the start. I’m going to start calling Percy Persassy. It was incredibly sweet how he couldn’t remember anything but the brightest memory he had about Annabeth. Even when he couldn’t remember his past he still knew he hated Ares so much he refused to bow to him. He continues to sass anyone who annoys him even if its a god, goddess or monster. He was stuck as a third wheel on this quest which I found hilarious. The ending to this book was great and adorable showing that the seven will start their journey now.
I recommend this book to everyone!
My Favourite Quotes:
“I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man.” ~Arion
“He slaughtered my panda.” ~Persassy Jackson
“You think it’s okay that we’re eating Rudolph?” ~Frank Zhang
“First, you start carrying a man satchel, Next thing you know, you’re running around in a bath robe and pink bunny slippers, chasing chickens with a weed whacker.” ~Persassy Jackson
“Tyson found the groin.” ~ Ella
“They’re wimps! Back in my day, we died all the time, and we liked it!” ~Frank Zhang
“Life is only precious because it ends, kid. Take it from a god.” ~Mars
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