The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus Series #1)

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It was hard to say good-bye to Percy -- but fans don't have to! A lovable new generation of demigods have their own prophecy to prepare for, and their hero Perseus Jackson just may turn up in times of need.
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Overview

It was hard to say good-bye to Percy -- but fans don't have to! A lovable new generation of demigods have their own prophecy to prepare for, and their hero Perseus Jackson just may turn up in times of need.
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Percy Jackson fans can rest easy: this first book in Riordan's Heroes of Olympus spin-off series is a fast-paced adventure with enough familiar elements to immediately hook those eager to revisit his modern world of mythological mayhem. Clever plot devices--like gods who shift back and forth between their Greek and Roman personae--keep the book from feeling like a retread of Riordan's previous novels. Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students at a wilderness school for troubled teens, are transported to Camp Half-Blood after an unexpected encounter with evil storm spirits on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Not only do they discover that they are the offspring of ancient gods, but they also learn that they are three of seven demigods mentioned in the Great Prophecy uttered by Rachel in The Last Olympian. Wasting little time acclimating to their new lives, the three embark upon a quest to preserve Mt. Olympus and the divine status quo, by rescuing an erstwhile enemy. Rotating among his three protagonists, Riordan's storytelling is as polished as ever, brimming with wit, action, and heart--his devotees won't be disappointed.—PW

Author of the wildly successful Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, Riordan here begins a new series that involves some of the same characters and settings but adds Roman mythology and an expansion on a prophecy mentioned in the final volume, The Last Olympian. At the start of the story, Percy is missing, and a new kid, Jason, appears with no idea who he is or what he is doing. No one really has time to figure out these smaller mysteries, though, because a much larger emergency looms: Gaea is waking up from her eons long slumber, and if she becomes fully conscious, the world as it is known will essentially end. Thus begins a quest to soothe and quiet Gaea, which will require a group of daring and talented teens and an extremely unlikely alliance between the Roman and Greek gods (and their offspring). Fans of the earlier series may be startled to find that their hero, Percy, is literally nowhere to be found the entire novel, but Jason and his friends Piper and Leo are worthy replacements, especially as Riordan is careful to develop them as individuals even as they are quickly thrown together as a dragon-riding, world-saving trio. Newcomers may find the brief references to backstory a bit baffling, but the details are more likely to send them back to the earlier titles than mar their understanding of this new series. While a few minor plots are wrapped up by book's end, the major quest is still very much in the air (and actually looking pretty daunting, even for the sort of intrepid offspring of gods that make up Riordan's books), so expect plenty of anticipation for the next volume.—BCCB

Camp Half-Blood, home to the mortal children of Greek gods (see the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books), has three new arrivals: Piper, a daughter of Aphrodite, good at persuasion; Leo, a son of Hephaestus, good at fixing things; and Jason, a son of Zeus, who is suffering from amnesia. With the Titan war over, a new threat has emerged: a prophesied clash with Gaea's youngest children, the giants, who are returning to overthrow the Olympians. Riding a bronze dragon rehabilitated by Leo, the three demigods go on a quest to free Hera from one such giant; another giant secretly holds Piper's father hostage in order to force her to betray her new friends. Jason's missing memories point to another mystery: why does Jason speak Latin rather than Greek like the other demigods? Why are the initials SPQR tattooed on his arm? Why does he know the Roman names for mythological creatures? Riordan extends the franchise in a logical direction while maximizing the elements that made the first series so popular: irreverent heroes, plenty of tension-filled moments fighting monsters, and authentic classical mythology mixed in with modern life. Completely in control of pacing and tone, he balances a faultless comic banter against deeper notes that reveal the characters' vulnerabilities. With Percy Jackson slated to make an appearance in later volumes, fans nostalgic for the old books should find in this new series everything they've been pining for.—Horn Book

This book will delight fans of The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005) as Percy, Annabeth, and others play roles in the new prophecy and its subsequent quest. A few months after The Last Olympian (Hyperion, 2009) ends, Jason wakes up on a bus filled with problem kids from the Wilderness School who are headed to the Grand Canyon. He has no memory of his previous life, but seems to be with his girlfriend, Piper, and his best friend, Leo. The action takes off quickly: storm spirits attack them and capture their coach, who turns out to be a Satyr. Searching for Percy, who is missing, Annabeth arrives and takes the three to Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods. Their parents are gods in their Roman rather than Greek personae. By sunset of the solstice in three days, the teens must rescue Hera, Queen of the gods, or Porphyrion, the giant king created to destroy Zeus and unseat the gods of Olympus, will rise. Their quest takes them across the United States, sometimes flying on a mechanical, 60-foot dragon, as they use their power and wits against Medea, King Midas, and the giant cannibal Enceladus. Riordan excels at clever plot devices and at creating an urgent sense of cliff-hanging danger. His interjection of humor by incongruous juxtaposition Medea, for example, heads up a New York City department store provides some welcome relief. The young heroes deal with issues familiar to teens today: Who am I? Can I live up to the expectations of others? Having read the first series is helpful but not essential, and the complex plot is made for sequels.—SLJ

Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows Riordan's popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and includes some of the same characters in minor roles. The new cast features Jason, Piper, and Leo, teen demigods who are just coming to understand and use their unique abilities as they learn how much depends upon their wits, courage, and fast-developing friendship. Setting up the books to come, the backstory of a master plan to unseat the gods is complex but is doled out in manageable bits with a general air of foreboding. Meanwhile, the action scenes come frequently as the three heroic teens fight monstrous enemies in North American locales, including the Grand Canyon, Quebec City, Detroit, Chicago, Omaha, Pikes Peak, and Sonoma Valley. Flashes of humor lighten the mood at times, but a tone of urgency and imminent danger seems as integral to this series as the last. With appealing new characters within a familiar framework, this spin-off will satisfy the demand for more. - Carolyn Phelan—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410433596
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Heroes of Olympus Series, #1
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 707
  • Sales rank: 1,379,395
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid as well as all the books in the #1 New York Timesbest-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Biography

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a terrific YA series by former middle school teacher and mystery writer Rick Riordan that revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find enthralling. A trouble-prone teen with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, Percy is the half-blood son of Poseidon, one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Praised by critics, librarians, and teachers, the Percy Jackson books have been honored with numerous awards and appear consistently on The New York Times bestseller list.

The series grew out of a sequence of bedtime stories Riordan invented for his son Haley -- who, at eight, had just been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Although Haley was having trouble in school, he loved the Greek myths and asked his dad to tell him some stories about the gods and heroes. Riordan ran through the standards from mythology, then began to invent new tales featuring some of the same characters and introducing a brave boy hero enough like Haley to make things interesting!

Haley begged his father to write the stories down, and in 2005, The Lightning Thief was published to excellent reviews. It was an instant hit with preteens, who loved the concept of a kid much like themselves -- i.e., embroiled in the everyday problems of school, family, and relationships -- embarking on heroic quests, soothing vengeful gods, and battling monsters.

In addition to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan also writes books for adults, most notably a series of high-octane Tex-Mex thrillers featuring private investigator Jackson "Tres" Navarre, a complicated loner with an offbeat pedigree. (Tres -- pronounced "Trace" -- is a tai chi master with a Ph.D. in medieval literature who turns to detective work when he is unable to find a teaching job!) The first novel in the series, 1997's Big Red Tequila, scooped the Anthony and Shamus Awards, two of the three most prestigious prizes for Mystery & Crime fiction. Riordan completed the trifecta when his sequel, The Widower's Two-Step, won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999.

Between the two series, Riordan remains incredibly busy. For several years, he balanced writing with teaching English to middle school students. Reluctantly, he has left teaching (a career he thoroughly enjoyed) in order to write full-time, but he still harbors hopes that someday he'll return to the classroom. Meanwhile, he makes frequent visits to schools and enjoys meeting young readers on his book tours.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2010

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    Rick Riordan

    What can I say, the amazing author has done it again. I just read the first two chapters and I think I go insane if I have to wait until October to read the rest. From what I read so far this book will definitely be a home-run.

    232 out of 271 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Good read

    I loved this book from beginning to end. Can only recommend!

    178 out of 228 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    amazing book!!!!

    All I can say is that if you loved the Percy Jackson series, you will LOVE this spin-off, series, or whatever you want to call it. I'm so excited for the next book it's driving me crazy!! The characters are interesting, the plot is interesting, and basically everything is interesting and amazing!!!!! If you haven't read it, read it NOW ASAP!! You'll thank me later : )

    154 out of 177 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    AMAZING! - Super Recommended

    This book is definitely in my top 10! You know a book is amazing when you can't put it down till you finish. Well, that's how this book is. Your hanging on the edge of your seat every second, wondering what's going to happen. This action packed book is great for anyone!

    111 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    I cannot wait!

    I absolutely loved reading the percy jackson series! Rick Riordan is an excellent author, and nice too (he came to my school in 3rd grade before he was famous) so no doubt that this will be almost as equally as awesome! Of course, though, no book can match the greatness of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, except, maybe, Harry Potter. Just my opinion though! :)

    95 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Super Excited for the Lost Hero

    I was so sad when I finished reading the Series, because I didn't want it to be over :(. But then I found out about The Lost Hero and now I'm so happy and SUPER excited for Oct. 12! I love the Percy Jackson books! I love Annabeth and Percy! Forget the Twilight Series, The Percy Jackson books are the best books I have ever read! Instead of Team Edward, Team Percy!!!!!!!! Can't wait for Lost Hero!

    92 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    yay!

    I love the Percy Jackson series and so I am sure this one just as good, or better! Rick Riordan writes so exquisitely, it's like your in the room with Percy! I liked the movie but the book is so much better!!! Isn't that weird!? Books are ALWAYS better than movies.

    64 out of 81 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    OMG!

    I wish that the star system went to 1 billion stars because that is what I would rate it. Wow, you guys must read the excerpt. What if Jason is Percy? But from the excerpt, it sounds like Jason will end up with Piper. But if its Percy, will he end up with Annabeth?

    FLAWLESS PLOT LINE!!! I thought this book might lack because it would be the same idea as Percy Jackon and The Olympian, but it is soo good. I love the way they tied in Percy and Annabeth and didm't just ignore that whole series as some authors do. GET ME THIS BOOK NOW!

    50 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Pure genius

    The one thing better than reading the percy jackson series is the the feeling i'll have while reading this new series.

    45 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

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    Can't Wait!!!!!!!!!!

    O. M. G.

    I read the first couple of chapters on the website (password NEWHERO).
    It seemed AWESOME!

    45 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    OMFG!!!!!!!!

    Of all the books I've waited for, this one seems to haunt me the most. When I read the the preview, suspense ran high, and I was sweating. "Who took Percy? Is Percy fighting for his life like Annabeth in The Titan's Curse? Is Percy going to return-alive?" those questions haunt me day and night, so I can not rest until I have read this book. I am way to excited- whenever I re-read the preview (man, I am crazy about certain genres! I can't just go off and leave Fiction! I don't like real history books.) I sweat so much my dad says, "Take a shower!" The suspense is eating at me. I am so excited sometimes my veins show. My heart beats faster, and I can't bring myself to not think about it. I am far too excited.

    32 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Great Book!!!

    The Lost Hero, in my opinion, made it obvious that this series about Camp Half-Blood is going to be just as good, if not better, than the previous Percy Jackson series. Not only did Rick Rioridan make a book with great characters and an outstanding plot, but he even linked the book to the last series, with an ending that will test your patience while waiting until the fall of 2011 to read its sequel. The book, just like its previous companion, has everything to do with Greek mythology and, subsequently, has action at every turn. Yet, Rioridan still manages to include humor and even a little romance (just like in his previous series). Also, I believe that reading Rioridan's first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, will make you further appreciate the second series, The Heroes of Olympus. I believe that anyone who likes fantasy, humor, action, and romance all in one, should read The Lost Hero.

    28 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    Great book no matter your age

    I am 47 and I loved the Olympian series and this first book of the new series was great, can't wait until next fall for the next book.

    27 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    Awesome... GET THIS!

    This is awesome,so worth the money, but if you don't like waiting after cliffhangers, wait until october to read this, the ending is a HUGE cliffhanger

    24 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2010

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    WOW!!!

    I read the first two cahpters and they were AMAZING! Rick Riordan is an awesome author . I am going nuts without beeing able to read the whole book! I can't wait for Annabeth to find Percy (he's trapped by...) and to find out who Leo, Piper and Jason's parents are!

    24 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

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    His Best Yet

    It's hard to make such a claim, but it's true. This book couldn't have been as great as it is without it's predecessors, but as a stand alone novel it holds up really well. I feel like anything you could write about this book would be contributing to spoilers, and I refuse to do that! The characters are fantastically developed and the feeling you get throughout the whole book of "something just isn't right" won't leave you after the last page. The last page was the best page of the book! It reminded me of why I don't like to start series when they first begin, but I'm invested in this as I was with the Olympians series, and as I am with The Red Pyramid.
    Riordan is a great writer, and the educational aspects in his books are really what makes selling and recommending his work one of the easiest things I do as a bookseller. If these books had been around when I was studying Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology in middle and high school, it would have been a great way to keep the lessons organized in my mind.
    Hats off to yet another Riordan adventure that I'm thrilled to be on!

    23 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    VERY AMAZING

    I used to HATE reading but ever since I picked up the Percy Jackson series I read non-stop. Greek Mythology is an interesting subject and I love how Riordan based his series off of it. I got this book only yesterday and I am almost finished with it. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I love everything about it I absoulutly can't say one wrong word about it. When I finished the Percy Jackson series I was sad because I thought there was no more books about it but here it is and these books can and will get you interested in Greek Mythology. I can relate to a lot of these characters and it is just simply a joy to read

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    ALRIGHT CUP

    ALL RIGHT CUPCAKES!!! LISTEN UP. DONT BUY THIS BOOK AND I'LL SMACK YOU IN THE FACE THAT'LL SEND YOU TO CHINA!!!! BUY NOW OR GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!! Bottem line. Great book.

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Excited beyond belief

    I couldn't believe it when I found out about this book and the series to which it is only the beginning. I actually had just randomly looked Rick Riordan up on Wikipedia in hopes of finding any information about his new Kane Chronicles. Imagine my surprise when I found out he's writing a sequel to the Percy Jackson series! I've heard of books having sequels but not series having sequels! I have to admit, at first I had mixed feelings. I personally wanted to co-write with my cousin a sequel to his Percy Jackson series. Apparently I had the same idea as Rick Riordan though, and that's perfectly okay with me! I look forward to reading this new series of his. I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, and I'm sure that this new series will be just a fantastic as the first!

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Jason is clueless. After all, he doesn't remember anything, and

    Jason is clueless. After all, he doesn't remember anything, and he's holding hands with this beautiful girl, AND he's talking to a very fidgety kid. What's more, he's in the back seat of a bus full of other kids he doesn't know, riding through the middle of a desert. Eventually these people must have realized just how clueless Jason is, and introduce themselves. The fidgety kid's name is Leo, who seems to not have the ability to sit still without playing with gears and what not. Remember the girl? Oh, her name's Piper. And she and Jason have been dating for several months. This is fairly peculiar...
    This was a fantastic read. I absolutely adore Rick Riordan's novels, and "The Lost Hero" is certainly no exception. I enjoyed the different perspectives given with every few chapters, yet no information was repeated, keeping the book short...er (Ha). In times of trouble, new powers appear and fighting instincts kick in, leaving a very action packed novel. Moving onto things that could have improved (there's always two sides to a story), nothing. Absolutely nothing. Okay maybe one thing. More content. The book is quite lengthy as it is, with an applause worthy 576 pages.
    I very strongly and passionately recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy, action, heck, even romance! Somewhat of a spin-off/sequel series to the Percy Jackson series, fans do not fear, Percy is still in it... though he's gone missing. Again, you should seriously consider reading this book, I almost guarantee you'll like it. An easy 5 star rating for me.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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