Mythological Mondays (1)


This fantastic meme was created by Bonnie at A Backwards Story to highlight all things mythological.

The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

As part of Mythological Mondays, I decided to feature Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero. Oh, how I love these books! We're talking complete infatuation. I'm sure most people have read this book already (if you haven't, there is a serious problem). But since I thought this book was 10xs better than the Percy Jackson books, I wanted to feature it anyway!

In The Lost Hero, Percy and his crew are actually minor characters. Go ahead, gasp. It's ok. Instead of your expected protagonists, you get a whole new crew of misfits. These "heroes" have major issues. Jason can't remember anything about his past. He doesn't even know who his so-called friends are. Piper is shady to the extreme. She's keeping a major secret from everyone (one that could cost the group their lives). Then there is Leo. Poor, clumsy Leo who is always playing second best. So awkward. Put these three together, however, and you have an awesome monster fighting team.

You may be thinking, "What's so special about this book? I'm already played out with Percy Jackson books." Well, there is plenty that makes this book special. For starters, this is a seamless(brilliant!) merging of Greek and Roman mythology. Yeah, I said ROMAN MYTHOLOGY! (Can you tell I adore myths?) See, Jason is actually a descendant of a Roman god (Zeus/Jupiter). You may think that's not a big deal, but it is. Greek and Roman myths don't exactly "gel" together. There are subtle personality differences between the Greek and Roman forms of the same gods/goddesses, but that's another story in itself.

I could give a plot overview, but I won't. It's your typical monster stomping action. There were a few twists and pleasant surprises along the way. (Like when Piper has to choose between her friends or her father. Or, when Leo learns his self worth.) But what I really liked about this book is that it sets the stage for the second book in the series perfectly. As it turns out, our old friend Percy is lost on the west coast at the Roman version of Camp Half-Blood. And he probably has amnesia also, just like Jason.

In case you missed the teaser for book #2, here is what I pulled from Rick Riordan's website:

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a blood-chilling quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea...

I hope you like/liked this book as much as me! I really did think it was brilliant, and I can't wait for book #2 to come out in October 2011.


Jen @ A Book and a Latte said... .

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Armchair BEA is for those of us that can't go to the Book Expo America held in New York City. Hope you checked it out :). I read the Lightning Thief to my lil brother and we both really enjoyed it! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

May 23, 2011 at 6:17 PM
A Backwards Story said... .

How exciting! I'm so happy you posted this! <3<3

I meant to leave you a comment earlier after I posted everything to say that I turned it into a linked meme because of you, but I ran out of time before work!

I love that, like me, you chose a Riordan book as your first MM! I think TLH is my favorite book by him so far. While the two POVs are a little annoying/jarring in Kane (perhaps due to the "audio" aspect), I love it here. I missed Percy, but loved seeing the way three others deal with new unique powers. I'm absolutely DYING for SON OF NEPTUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 23, 2011 at 10:39 PM

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