The Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune

The Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune
The Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune By Rick Riordan; Read: October 2011

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.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Euryx says:

    I missed Percy!! XD It’s a good thing that Rick Riordan retained Percy’s sarcasm witty comebacks. ^^

    “Or was Ella able to leave the place and eat from anywhere because, upon Phineas’ (second?) death, the curse was broken?”
    – That’s how I see it. I mean, it’s the only explanation I could think of. ^^;;

    “Last questions: is Octavian the counterpart to Luke?”
    -I think he is. Remember the part when Percy first met him, he said that Octavian reminded him of someone from his past. (Though, personally, I think Luke is cuter than Octavian XP).

    PS I love the cover of this book. 😀


    1. matiserrano says:

      Thanks for taking time to make responses to some of my questions.

      Some things just really stump me. And now that you mention the looks part, it’s good to take note that Octavian traces his bloodline to Apollo, who’s known for–among other things–his good looks. Of the gods, he’s said to be the fairest. Wonder if that trait was passed on but lost its potency with the passing of the generations.

      And yes, the cover and the colors are really cool!


      1. Euryx says:

        I don’t recall any of his kids being notable for their good looks. It’s always about archery and poetry. So I’m thinking that perhaps Rick Riordan did that to make a distinction between the bloodline of Apollo and Aphrodite since the latter is the goddess of love & beauty. Just my wild guess, though. ^^;;


        1. matiserrano says:

          No, not in the Riordan series. More like in the Greek myths and the pieces of art that depicts Apollo. He’s a favorite of the artists–painters, sculptors, even the poets adore his beauty. Something to do with his connection to the sun. And what has been passed down to us mortals are their perceptions of his (and the Olympians’) beauty.

          Yes, Aphrodite has the distinction of being the deity concerned with beauty. But most Olympians–like her–are considered to have unearthly beauty yet even they themselves know that their beauty have levels. Recall the infamous Judgment of Paris caused by the Apple of Discord? Yes, she won. Then again, all the contestants had their own tempting bribes so they could called the fairest. And that was but one man’s judgment of only three of the goddesses. And who is Riordan or anyone for that matter to deem another deity more beautiful than the one already adjudged as the fairest and had since from the start been a patron of beauty?

          Yep. It would be too much if the sun god (and his descendants) had all the great qualities and physical traits.


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