Percy is back!
(From this point on, there will be more spoilers so—if you haven’t read TheSon of Neptune and would like to keep surprising details intact—read another blog post.)
With an old hero comes a new world. If The Lost Hero through Jason gave only faint mirages of the other camp, here in The Son of Neptune, it’s all real. Along with Percy, the readers are introduced to Camp Jupiter. Now that I think about it, this is the second time that he presents a camp. Or is it the nth time, if you include the enemy lairs?
I like this almost 360-degree feel to it all. “Almost” because Olympus is still closed and Gaea and her minions are somewhere secret.
Now is it just me or does Son of Neptune have short chapters, maybe even shorter than The Lost Hero? Not that I’m complaining because, maybe, Riordan is coming up with another style for this series.
Riordan also comes up with the most curious stuff, some more obvious than the others. For example, he gives us Iris, a Greek goddess who figures much in Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. She never made it into the Roman pantheon though. If you’re a myth geek—like I am—and see that fact presented like this, it would make you think more or less.
Here’s where I get flipping back and forth pages. Weren’t harpies, including Ella, cursed not to leave Portland and eat only food from Phineas’ table? Or was Ella able to leave the place and eat from anywhere because, upon Phineas’ (second?) death, the curse was broken?
One more thing that escapes me: the prophecy said that one of Amazons would be able to tame Arion. Hazel isn’t an Amazon. But she still got Arion. How could the prophecy encompass Hazel? She isn’t a sister by rite but by gender, by being a female like the Amazons?
Did you notice that, like Piper, Percy has a Polartec jacket too? Now that there is alliteration! Wonder if that could be turned into a tongue twister?
Last questions: is Octavian the counterpart to Luke? He, just like murder of Gwen’s (Who killed her?), is quite a mystery. He’s creepy and definitely someone to be wary of. Whose side is he on: the campers’ or his own?
Because I’m deathly curious about Thanatos, I wonder how they were able to capture him. He’s the second deity to be taken prisoner in this series. Maybe there would be more.