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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Review: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan
Release date: 12th October 2010
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Target audience: 9+

Summary from Amazon:
When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives.

But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp.

It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time.


The Lost Hero is all the fantastical adventure of Percy Jackson with some brand new, brilliantly crafted characters thrown in.

The novel is set about three months after the end of The Last Olympian. This is the world of Camp Half Blood, demigods and Greek mythology which we have all come to love. But of course, this is not a Percy novel. A new quest is about to begin. At the start of The Lost Hero we meet three new characters: Jason, Leo and Piper. Jason wakes up on a school bus. He can't remember who he is or where he came from. Piper and Leo know who he is though. He is Leo's best friend and Piper's boyfriend. They think they have known him for months but sometimes the Mist can even fool demigods.

Soon enough the monsters who were imprisoned in Tartarus begin to reform. Evil winds attempt to destroy the three demigods before their journey has even started. Cue Annabeth's entrance and the revelation of all things Camp Half Blood. For fans of Percy, the beginning may seem very familiar. We learn about the climbing lava wall, the claimings and the cabins. But some changes have happened since our last visit and they will be fresh enough to hold any established fan's attention. New readers who wish to begin with The Lost Hero can jump right on in. A complete novel in itself, you can easily follow the story. You may, like Jason, wonder what is so special about this Percy guy but hey, it will help you emphasise.

My favourite aspect of this novel was Leo. He is the BEST comic character in tweenie fiction. I laughed out loud so many times when I was reading his parts of the book. The narrative is in the third person but it switches between following Piper, Leo and Jason. I would read seventeen novels all about Leo. He was just so amusing and on a more serious note, I could relate to him needing time with non-organic life forms. I would even go so far as to say that I love Leo MORE than Percy. Yes people, it is true!

It is really hard to review your favourite authors. You just love them. You don't even want to work out why. You just want to enjoy the fact that they weave incredibly tight plots, create such funny characters and amazing settings. So I am really at a loss as to what to say here. But I'll try...

There was only one thing that I didn't enjoy in the whole of the book and it was characterisation of some of the villian's minions. I know tweenies will love it but I found it just a little too silly. Mind you, I was in a bad mood that day so maybe it was my fault.

The Lost Hero will take you on a grand quest. Each character takes a literal and metaphorical journey becoming an adored companion as you read. You'll travel to ice kingdoms if you read this, witness the destruction of a mountain and find out your babysitter might not have been who you thought she was.

The ending will leave you squealing for more, more, more! I feel a show down coming on in The Son of Neptune. Yee ha!


Am I addicted? Certainly.

When the Myth Master is at work, how can you not be? This book is awesomeness of Godly proportions!

Thank you to Just So for Puffin Books for sending me the book to review.


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

I seriously need to start reading Rick Riordan's fiction! This was a great review and I like your enthusiasm. You're right, when we love an author, we don't want to determine why exactly, we just do.:) And you love Leo better than Percy? Wow, Leo must be awesome!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I have this to read but haven't read the Percy Jackson series. Will that matter?

Becky said...

Irena, I'm glad it is not just me who doesn't like to review their favourites. It is like your trying to spot flaws but you really just want to enjoy the book.

Sophie, essentially yes, you can read it as the start of the series without having read any Percy books. But if you don't read any Percy books, you'll be missing out.

I Want To Read That said...

Oh I REALLY need to read this (and the Percy Jackson books)! They sound great and I really enjoyed the Percy film...