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

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

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by Rick Riordan, Joshua Swanson (Narrated by)

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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.


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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School Library Journal - School Library Journal Audio
Gr 4–7—Rick Riordan does it again with the first title (Hyperion, 2010) in a new series, introducing a young demigod named Jason who finds himself on a bus with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He soon discovers that all of his fellow travelers are juvenile offenders who have been sent to a wilderness boarding school for society's protection and their own re-education. Piper, a strange quiet girl, and Leo, a wise-cracking goof-off, both claim to be his friends, and the three embark on a journey that takes them across the United States, meeting Cyclopes in Detroit, Medea in Chicago, and Midas in Omaha. The final battle takes place at the Wolves Den, former home of Jack London, in Sonoma, California. Percy Jackson and Annabeth are mentioned at times, and at the book's conclusion we know that both will play important roles in the sequels. This tale belongs to Jason, Piper, and Leo, all of whom have suffered terrible losses and have their own insecurities. Each character is distinct in his/her pain and growing self-awareness. Narrator Joshua Swanson makes that clear with his variety of voices, along with conveying the hate of Hera, the greed of Midas, and the wickedness of Medea. Totally engaging.—Edie Ching, University of Maryland, College Park
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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

Product Details

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
Heroes of Olympus Series
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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 Times best-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.

Brief Biography

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

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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12028 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Balina More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end. Can only recommend!
prtychick7 More than 1 year ago
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 : )
Nwingate More than 1 year ago
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!
PercyJacksonLover More than 1 year ago
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!
Team_Demigod More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KingThomas More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O. M. G. I read the first couple of chapters on the website (password NEWHERO). It seemed AWESOME!
cykid30 More than 1 year ago
The one thing better than reading the percy jackson series is the the feeling i'll have while reading this new series.
DeanS More than 1 year ago
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.
PosiedonizKewl More than 1 year ago
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.
Loaf_of_Dead More than 1 year ago
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!
Marin V More than 1 year ago
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.
Marie_Heather More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
baseballdad27 More than 1 year ago
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.
SherryE More than 1 year ago
The Lost Hero is the first of a series of books about the heroes of Olympus. It's an action-packed adventure loaded with Greek and Roman mythology. Jason, the lost hero, finds himself on a bus heading to Wilderness School, a camp for delinquents. The trouble is, he has no idea who he is, or how he got there. He soon learns that he's a demi-god and that his memories have been taken away by Hera, Queen of the gods. Why? That's the part we never learn. What we do know, is that he's on an important mission to save the gods from a horrible uprising. He and his friends, Piper and Leo, embark on a dangerous journey in which they must fight a family of horrible cyclops, evil mythological characters, and gargantuan giants. This action packed adventure is a real page-turner. Kids will want to read the next book in the series, Son of Neptune, to find the answers to some of the unresolved questions in the plot. The Lost Hero is definitely a great read and a brilliant way to teach kids about Greek and Roman mythology.
TiffanyPham More than 1 year ago
I got this as a gift for my birthday, and finished it off in two days. I cannot wait until fall next year for the second book to come out. Rick Riordan wrote this series and the last (Percy Jackson & The Oplympians) intended for young readers (8-14) But I'm 16 and there's SO much I'm learning, and they're so fun to read! I don't think I will get bored reading any of his books more to come. I was a bit disappointed with the Kane Chronicle, which was a bit slow for me, but this series picked my anticipation up real quick.
YoruKaze More than 1 year ago
I've had this ongoing debate with a friend of mine about new series based on an older series,in this case Percy Jackson and the Olympians being the first series, and the new Heroes of Olympus series out. She complains that since the main character is different, the story will automatically suck, because who wants to read about someone in the same world who isn't the main character. THIS BOOK IS CONCLUSIVE PROOF ON MY SIDE!!! This book lets Percy take a backseat, and focuses on three new demigods recently found. Same world, same rules, different people. YET THE BOOK IS STILL AMAZING!! the action comes slower than the lightning thief or the last Olympian, but trademark sword duels and demigod powers is still very much here. The story sets up perfectly for the start of the series, and reads like a riordan book should, with plenty of wisecracks and wit everywhere. Recommended for fans of the Percy Jackson series, but i STRONGLY urge people picking this up to read the percy jackson books first, as to understand it better.
Charlie Toman More than 1 year ago
heart racing and full of action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have already read 2 chapters and can't wait for it to come out. It's going to be awesome
killerseahorse30 More than 1 year ago
The Lost Hero was a good book to me the way that the character, Jason lost all of his memory but still remembered all of the roman things he learned. Of course he was a roman but he ended up in a Greek camp. Everyone thought I was strange how this kid Percy Jackson vanished and this Jason kid appeared and he was roman! I honestly did not like the beginning because it was very boring until they get on their quest and Jason didn’t know but he had a girlfriend her name was Piper and a best friend his name was Leo. Leo never felt special he felt like he was meant to die the way he explains his life as a child as his babysitter tries to kill him and everything. Piper has a very weird story her dad was famous and Piper didn’t care she just wanted attention so she was always in trouble. One day Piper called her dads helper and he was gone for some reason something takes her dad so that she has to listen to that thing or it will kill her dad. If you mix all of that up you will get most of the story all of it, no because I can’t tell you the whole story because it will ruin it. I hope you like this book I’m not saying you will you might, you might not but just read it you will enjoy some parts. Again I thought it was a good book and I’m picky with picking my books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroes of olympud is the bedt series that riordan has written(percy jackson does come close though). The lost hero is awsome,introducing new charecters but keeping some old. In the heroes of olympus series the pointbof view is diffrent than the percy jackson series. Instead of reading the book thr the eyes of one maimn charecter it switches around and you read the book through the eyes of three main chrecters. This makes whole book more exiting and in depth. LIKE THIS REVIEW IF YOU LOVE HEROES OF OLYMPUS