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