(Book four of the Lost Heroes Series)
This review will contain spoilers from Son of Neptune.
Remember how much I raged at the cliffhanger for The Son of Neptune? Well, that ending now looks like rainbows and cuddly butterflies compared to what Riordan left us with in The Mark of Athena. I’m officially back to being pissed at him for being so good at leaving readers hanging.
Athena picks up right where Neptune left off, with the giant flying Greek battle ship hovering over the Roman demigod camp. The Romans are none too pleased with situation, but they allow the Greeks to come down to the city unarmed. Not that demigods need to be armed to do damage.
Less than two chapters in, and we have Annabeth MMA-launching Percy to the ground in order to threaten his life should he ever leave her side again. It was a lovely reunion between the two star-crossed lovers, and an even better treat to finally be inside Annabeth’s head and seeing the plot through her eyes at least some of the time. Continue reading
Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) has been cast as Hermes in the upcoming Percy Jackson sequel, The Sea of Monsters. For someone who is already worshiped as a Geek God, it’s only appropriate that he should land the role of a Greek god.
Hermes is a key supporting player in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan, as well as being the pivotal point for the main source of conflict in the books. Herme’s demigod son, Luke, becomes the main villain of the series, and the father-son dynamic between Luke and Hermes is the big reason why Luke goes over to the Dark Side in the first place. (Ha, I never realized how very Star Wars that is).
Depending on how the part is written, it may actually turn into a more melancholy role than we are used to seeing from Fillion of late. After all, absentee parenting is a central theme of the books; the gods are often absent from the lives of their demigod children, when they aren’t simply negligent. No god feels that harder than Hermes as he watches his son fight for the other side. Continue reading
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
(Book #2 of The Heroes of Olympus)
This review will contain spoilers for The Lost Hero.
I’m pretty pissed at Rick Riordan right now.
But why, Meg? you ask. Riordan is your favorite.
I ended up listening to the last hundred-or-so pages via audiobook when I discovered that the reader for The Son of Neptune was actually palatable. Around the 30-minutes-left mark, I started to get anxious.
The narrative wasn’t as far as I wanted it to be. This whole book, I’ve been waiting for the characters from The Lost Hero to show up, but there just wasn’t time to do it justice. The minutes ticked away, and I started to verbally cuss at iTunes. By the time the Audible tag played at the end, I was positively fuming.
Yes, I’m mad. Now I have to wait a full year before I find out what happens with that delightful, torturous cliffhanger.
Let me lay it out for you: Continue reading
Warning: This article will contain major spoilers for The Lost Hero.
At midnight on Monday, I will get the email alert I’ve been waiting for all year: the PDF of The Son of Neptune will be ready to download to my nook. I expect the squeal of joy I make at the alert will be well into the octaves that only dogs can hear. It’s not just the fact that Percy Jackson is back. The book should answer a burning question I’ve had ever since finishing The Lost Hero: Does Rick Riordan actually expect that he’ll be able to pull this plotline off?
In The Lost Hero, the first book of the sequel series to the wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, we were introduced to Jason, a teenage demigod whose memories had been stolen. He find himself at Camp Half-Blood, the safe haven for the children of the Greek gods. He makes friends, defends the camp, fully integrates himself into the culture before he learns the truth about his birth.
He is not the son of a Greek god.
He is the son of a Roman god. Continue reading