Heroes of Olympus - The Series You've Been Looking for.
The series Percy Jackson and the Olympians is now followed by Heroes of Olympus. Two out of the four books of Heroes of Olympus, The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune, are now available in stores to buy and order and they have been a great success so far. What should you expect as a reader? Should you buy and read the new books?
The fans of the previous serious will certainly love the fact that they get a continuation of the camp half-blood story. The Lost Hero picks right from where the last book for Percy Jackson left off so the tradition is preserved and you go automatically back to the fantasy world of gods, monsters and heroes. However, Rick Riordan has a great, even shocking, surprise for its readers. Percy is back, but not quite.
The main half-blood hero has lost his memory and now new characters have the main piece of the action. Is this disappointing? Of course not, the author tells the personal stories of Jason, Piper and Leo in a masterful and intriguing way. The reader is bound to sympathize with them. Besides, Percy makes a great comeback in The Son of Neptune, so you will not be missing him for long.
Rick Riordan is a master of page-turning plots that combine history, myth, fantasy and adventure. The Heroes of Olympus series has it all. Any review will confirm this. In The Lost Hero a new prophecy is introduced - seven half-bloods hold the faith of the world in their hands. As you can expect, you will stay up all night turning page after page to find out what happens next. There are a lot of mysteries and the really great part is that the reader can figure out the solution right before the characters. You get the satisfaction of being part of the story and this is another reason to order these books.
I enjoyed reading the second book, The Son of Neptune, very much because it unravels some of the mysteries from the first part of the series, but sets new even more tangled ones. You learn more about the prophecy, which is in the center of the plot, but there are sill more adventures and battles lying ahead for the heroes. New characters, which are bound to play a major role in the coming books, are introduced.
The second book is not simply a fantastic addition to a great series. It introduces in depth the pantheon of Roman gods and the lifestyle of the ancient Romans. Percy goes to the Roman camp and there he finds a whole new world of fantastic creatures, soldiers organized in legions and mighty deities. The book is a great read for the whole family. Both children and adults can fill in the gaps from history and literature classes in a fun way.
The books from the Heroes of Olympus series are written in the same style as the Percy books. A typical Riordan, some may say. The action is fast-paced. The thrilling episodes often have something funny in them so that the tension is balanced with some laughter. The stories of the characters and their actions reveal their personalities and emotions in a compelling way. Riordan uses both teen and sophisticated language masterfully.
If it were not for the typos, these would have been the best books I have ever read. Some may say that there are two many errors. This is certainly not the case, but it is a bit disappointing to see these on the pages. Still, the books are extremely well written, adventurous and funny.
The Heroes of Olympus series is perhaps the best one released after the Harry Potter series. My son loved it and so did I. I would definitely buy the books if I were you.