Percy is confused. When he awoke after his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain-fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. When the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother claims he is descended from ancient heroes, but he doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery. His big and bulky physique makes him feel like a clumsy ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely-enough, even, to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far north as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all of whom are destined to play a part in the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven.
About the Author
Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune, the first two books in The Heroes of Olympus series. Kids across the country voted him Author of the Year for The Lost Hero through the Children's Book Council in association with Every Child a Reader. Rick also penned the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: Book One: The Lightning Thief; Book Two: The Sea of Monsters; Book Three: The Titan's Curse; Book Four: The Battle of the Labyrinth; and Book Five: The Last Olympian. The first two books in his Kane Chronicles, based on Egyptian mythology, The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire, were New York Times #1 best-sellers as well. Rick lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
Hometown:San Antonio, TX
Date of Birth:June 5, 1964
Place of Birth:San Antonio, TX
Education:B.A. in English and History, University of Texas
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The snake-haired ladies were starting to annoy Percy.
They should have died three days ago when he dropped a crate of bowling balls on them at the Napa Bargain Mart. They should have died two days ago when he ran over them with a police car in Martinez. They definitely should have died this morning when he cut off their heads in Tilden Park.
No matter how many times Percy killed them and watched them crumble to powder, they just kept re-forming like large evil dust bunnies. He couldn't even seem to outrun them.
He reached the top of the hill and caught his breath. How long since he'd last killed them? Maybe two hours. They never seemed to stay dead longer than that.
The past few days, he'd hardly slept. He'd eaten whatever he could scrounge -vending machine Gummi Bears, stale bagels, even a Jack in the Crack burrito, which was a new personal low. His clothes were torn, burned, and splattered with monster slime.
He'd only survived this long because the two snake-haired ladies -gorgons, they called themselves -couldn't seem to kill him either. Their claws didn't cut his skin. Their teeth broke whenever they tried to bite him. But Percy couldn't keep going much longer. Soon he'd collapse from exhaustion, and then -as hard as he was to kill, he was pretty sure the gorgons would find a way.
Where to run?
He scanned his surroundings. Under different circumstances, he might've enjoyed the view. To his left, golden hills rolled inland, dotted with lakes, woods, and a few herds of cows. To his right, the flatlands of Berkeley and Oakland marched west -a vast checkerboard of neighborhoods, with several million people who probably did not want their morning interrupted by two monsters and a filthy demigod.
Farther west, San Francisco Bay glittered under a silvery haze. Past that, a wall of fog had swallowed most of San Francisco, leaving just the tops of skyscrapers and the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.
A vague sadness weighed on Percy's chest. Something told him he'd been to San Francisco before. The city had some connection to Annabeth -the only person he could remember from his past. His memory of her was frustratingly dim. The wolf had promised he would see her again and regain his memory -if he succeeded in his journey.
Should he try to cross the bay?
It was tempting. He could feel the power of the ocean just over the horizon. Water always revived him. Salt water was the best. He'd discovered that two days ago when he had strangled a sea monster in the Carquinez Strait. If he could reach the bay, he might be able to make a last stand. Maybe he could even drown the gorgons. But the shore was at least two miles away. He'd have to cross an entire city.
He hesitated for another reason. The she-wolf Lupa had taught him to sharpen his senses -to trust the instincts that had been guiding him south. His homing radar was tingling like crazy now. The end of his journey was close -almost right under his feet. But how could that be? There was nothing on the hilltop.
The wind changed. Percy caught the sour scent of reptile. A hundred yards down the slope, something rustled through the woods -snapping branches, crunching leaves, hissing.
For the millionth time, Percy wished their noses weren't so good. They had always said they could smell him because he was a demigod -the half-blood son of some old Roman god. Percy had tried rolling in mud, splashing through creeks, even keeping air-freshener sticks in his pockets so he'd have that new car smell; but apparently demigod stink was hard to mask.
He scrambled to the west side of the summit. It was too steep to descend. The slope plummeted eighty feet, straight to the roof of an apartment complex built into the side of the hill. Fifty feet below that, a highway emerged from the base of the hill and wound its way toward Berkeley.
Great. No other way off the hill. He'd managed to get himself cornered.
He stared at the stream of cars flowing west toward San Francisco and wished he were in one of them. Then he realized the highway must cut through the hill. There must be a tunnel . . . right under his feet.
His internal radar went nuts. He was in the right place, just too high up. He had to check out that tunnel. He needed a way down to the highway -fast.
He slung off his backpack. He'd managed to grab a lot of supplies at the Napa Bargain Mart: a portable GPS, duct tape, lighter, superglue, water bottle, camping roll, a comfy panda pillow pet (as seen on TV), and a Swiss army knife -pretty much every tool a modern demigod could want. But he had nothing that would serve as a parachute or a sled.
That left him two options: jump eighty feet to his death, or stand and fight. Both options sounded pretty bad.
He cursed and pulled his pen from his pocket.
The pen didn't look like much, just a regular cheap ballpoint, but when Percy uncapped it, it grew into a glowing bronze sword. The blade balanced perfectly. The leather grip fit his hand like it had been custom designed for him. Etched along the guard was an Ancient Greek word Percy somehow understood: Anaklusmos -Riptide.
He'd woken up with this sword his first night at the Wolf House -two months ago? More? He'd lost track. He'd found himself in the courtyard of a burned-out mansion in the middle of the woods, wearing shorts, an orange T-shirt, and a leather necklace with a bunch of strange clay beads. Riptide had been in his hand, but Percy had had no idea how he'd gotten there, and only the vaguest idea who he was. He'd been barefoot, freezing, and confused. And then the wolves came. . . .
Right next to him, a familiar voice jolted him back to the present: "There you are!"
Percy stumbled away from the gorgon, almost falling off the edge of the hill.
It was the smiley one -Beano.
Okay, her name wasn't really Beano. As near as Percy could figure, he was dyslexic, because words got twisted around when he tried to read. The first time he'd seen the gorgon, posing as a Bargain Mart greeter with a big green button that read: welcome! my name is stheno, he'd thought it said beano.
She was still wearing her green Bargain Mart employee vest over a flower-print dress. If you just looked at her body, you might think she was somebody's dumpy old grandmother -until you looked down and realized she had rooster feet. Or you looked up and saw bronze boar tusks sticking out of the corners of her mouth. Her eyes glowed red, and her hair was a writhing nest of bright green snakes.
The most horrible thing about her? She was still holding her big silver platter of free samples: Crispy Cheese 'n' Wieners. Her platter was dented from all the times Percy had killed her, but those little samples looked perfectly fine. Stheno just kept toting them across California so she could offer Percy a snack before she killed him. Percy didn't know why she kept doing that, but if he ever needed a suit of armor, he was going to make it out of Crispy Cheese 'n' Wieners. They were indestructible.
"Try one?" Stheno offered.
Percy fended her off with his sword. "Where's your sister?"
"Oh, put the sword away," Stheno chided. "You know by now that even Celestial bronze can't kill us for long. Have a Cheese 'n' Wiener! They're on sale this week, and I'd hate to kill you on an empty stomach."
"Stheno!" The second gorgon appeared on Percy's right so fast, he didn't have time to react. Fortunately she was too busy glaring at her sister to pay him much attention. "I told you to sneak up on him and kill him!"
Stheno's smile wavered. "But, Euryale..." She said the name so it rhymed with Muriel. "Can't I give him a sample first?"
"No, you imbecile!" Euryale turned toward Percy and bared her fangs.
Except for her hair, which was a nest of coral snakes instead of green vipers, she looked exactly like her sister. Her Bargain Mart vest, her flowery dress, even her tusks were decorated with 50% off stickers. Her name badge read: Hello! My name is die, demigod scum!
"You've led us quite a chase, Percy Jackson," Euryale said. "But now you're trapped, and we'll have our revenge!"
"The Cheese 'n' Wieners are only $2.99," Stheno added helpfully. "Grocery department, aisle three."
Euryale snarled. "Stheno, the Bargain Mart was a front! You're going native! Now, put down that ridiculous tray and help me kill this demigod. Or have you forgotten that he's the one who vaporized Medusa?"
Percy stepped back. Six more inches, and he'd be tumbling through thin air. "Look, ladies, we've been over this. I don't even remember killing Medusa. I don't remember anything! Can't we just call a truce and talk about your weekly specials?"
Stheno gave her sister a pouty look, which was hard to do with giant bronze tusks. "Can we?"
"No!" Euryale's red eyes bored into Percy. "I don't care what you remember, son of the sea god. I can smell Medusa's blood on you. It's faint, yes, several years old, but you were the last one to defeat her. She still has not returned from Tartarus. It's your fault!"
Percy didn't really get that. The whole "dying then returning from Tartarus" concept gave him a headache. Of course, so did the idea that a ballpoint pen could turn into a sword, or that monsters could disguise themselves with something called the Mist, or that Percy was the son of a barnacle-encrusted god from five thousand years ago. But he did believe it. Even though his memory was erased, he knew he was a demigod the same way he knew his name was Percy Jackson. From his very first conversation with Lupa the wolf, he'd accepted that this crazy messed-up world of gods and monsters was his reality. Which pretty much sucked.
"How about we call it a draw?" he said. "I can't kill you. You can't kill me. If you're Medusa's sisters -like the Medusa who turned people to stone -shouldn't I be petrified by now?"
"Heroes!" Euryale said with disgust. "They always bring that up, just like our mother! ?Why can't you turn people to stone? Your sister can turn people to stone.' Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you, boy! That was Medusa's curse alone. She was the most hideous one in the family. She got all the luck!"
Stheno looked hurt. "Mother said I was the most hideous."
"Quiet!" Euryale snapped. "As for you, Percy Jackson, it's true you bear the mark of Achilles. That makes you a little tougher to kill. But don't worry. We'll find a way."
"The mark of what?"
"Achilles," Stheno said cheerfully. "Oh, he was gorgeous! Dipped in the River Styx as a child, you know, so he was invulnerable except for a tiny spot on his ankle. That's what happened to you, dear. Someone must've dumped you in the Styx and made your skin like iron. But not to worry. Heroes like you always have a weak spot. We just have to find it, and then we can kill you. Won't that be lovely? Have a Cheese 'n' Wiener!"
Percy tried to think. He didn't remember any dip in the Styx. Then again, he didn't remember much of anything. His skin didn't feel like iron, but it would explain how he'd held out so long against the gorgons.
Maybe if he just fell down the mountain . . . would he survive? He didn't want to risk it -not without something to slow the fall, or a sled, or . . .
He looked at Stheno's large silver platter of free samples.
Hmm . . .
"Reconsidering?" Stheno asked. "Very wise, dear. I added some gorgon's blood to these, so your death will be quick and painless."
Percy's throat constricted. "You added your blood to the Cheese 'n' Wieners?"
"Just a little." Stheno smiled. "A tiny nick on my arm, but you're sweet to be concerned. Blood from our right side can cure anything, you know, but blood from our left side is deadly-"
"You dimwit!" Euryale screeched. "You're not supposed to tell him that! He won't eat the wieners if you tell him they're poisoned!"
Stheno looked stunned. "He won't? But I said it would be quick and painless."
"Never mind!" Euryale's fingernails grew into claws. "We'll kill him the hard way -just keep slashing until we find the weak spot. Once we defeat Percy Jackson, we'll be more famous than Medusa! Our patron will reward us greatly!"
Percy gripped his sword. He'd have to time his move perfectly -a few seconds of confusion, grab the platter with his left hand. . . .
Keep them talking, he thought.
"Before you slash me to bits," he said, "who's this patron you mentioned?"
Euryale sneered. "The goddess Gaea, of course! The one who brought us back from oblivion! You won't live long enough to meet her, but your friends below will soon face her wrath. Even now, her armies are marching south. At the Feast of Fortune, she'll awaken, and the demigods will be cut down like -like-"
"Like our low prices at Bargain Mart!" Stheno suggested.
"Gah!" Euryale stormed toward her sister. Percy took the opening. He grabbed Stheno's platter, scattering poisoned Cheese 'n' Wieners, and slashed Riptide across Euryale's waist, cutting her in half.
He raised the platter, and Stheno found herself facing her own greasy reflection.
"Medusa!" she screamed.
Her sister Euryale had crumbled to dust, but she was already starting to re-form, like a snowman un-melting.
"Stheno, you fool!" she gurgled as her half-made face rose from the mound of dust. "That's just your own reflection! Get him!"
Percy slammed the metal tray on top of Stheno's head, and she passed out cold.
He put the platter behind his butt, said a silent prayer to whatever Roman god oversaw stupid sledding tricks, and jumped off the side of the hill.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely can not wait for this book to come out. The Lost Hero was phenomenal as was Rick's other series'. I expect this book will live up to the expectations if not going higher.
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one of the best books i have ever read. its speechless, and i want to read on and on. you arent losing this reader, Rick!
Riordan has brought percy jackson back so successfully. The prophesy is just bone chilling ( in fact, ive memorized it) frank and hazel are great characters and reyna, octavion, ella, and phineas make for a halarious and witty book. Cant wait for the mark of athena and the final book in the kane chronicles ( which you should also read ). This book is a for sure read and is suspensefull epic witty funny smart sappy ( as in romantic) and just plain exciting. If you decide to read this book you should definitely read the percy jackson books and the lost hero. If youve alreafy read this, id suggest the Kane Chronicles, Fablehaven, and Leven Thumps.
Oh my god. After i read The Lost Hero I couldn't wait until The Son of Neptune! and I just finished reading The Son of Neptune 5 minutes ago! I couldn't put it down or get it out of my head!! This has the same amount of adventure as every single one of his other books!! This book WILL NOT and CAN NOT disappoint!!! I recommend this book to everyone!!
I loved the percy jackson series. I read the lost hero 7 times so far and im dying to get the son of neptune. I hope its percy's pov. I hope Annabeth mets back with Percy too. If they break up i doubt ill finish the books. their the cutest fictional couple!
anything rick riordan writes is awesome...\ i cant wait for this next book to come out!!! i looove him!!
Such a thrilling return for Percy! I hate how he leaves the end hanging, but it only makes me more excited for the rest.
Seriously been waiting like, forever. Can Not Wait!!!!!!! All of his books are soo awsome that I don't dout this one. The suspense is killing me. I agree with all of the good reviews, especially the one about Annabeth.
This book is so great but i hate haveing to wait a year to read the next book.
I am so excited !!!!!!!!!!!! PERCY IS A BOSS
I've read all the Percy Jackson books, and I'm so excited to read this one!
Buy this book. That's all I you need to know, seriously. Stop reading this post and just buy it. Come on, just stop. Would you just buy it already! If you are still reading this, slap yourself. The rest of this post doesn't concern you so move you little finger a few inches and buy the book. Ok, now you just annoying me. If you haven't bought it by now you're crazy. I'm going to stop typing now. Ok? Bye. Or should I say Buy.
I had just started reading the Percy Jackson series this summer because my nephew wanted to read a series with me. I was hooked from the beginning always been interested in Greek and Roman mythology. I love the fact that he stayed true to Roman way of life and then also with Greek way of life. How he showed the difference between the two camps with Greek demigods stay in there house according the god parent and how Romans stayed in barracks of coherts of who would claim them. How the Romans fought the way the Romans fought in formations. Overall the book was great minus the eReaders grammatical errors.
Quick summary: Taking off from the Lost Hero we are reunited with Percy Jackson along with some new friends. Percy has been missing and lost his memory. He only remembers one person. Annabeth, his girlfriend. Percy meets a new camp for Roman demigods called Camp Jupiter and meets Frank (son of Mars) and Hazel (daughter of Pluto) and go on a quest and defeat a giant. Overall it's AWESOME! 5 stars for sure! If you have read with book, (and if you haven't yet then you might agree with me) Percy and Jason are a lot alike. Like there leadership skills and both being a son of two of the most powerfull gods. It's almost as if they could be brothers. Oh no! I smell a fanfiction! Don't do that please! Anyway, out of the new charecters I think that Frank and Hazel were all right. I REALLY miss Leo! He's so funny and cute! Anyway, (got a little sidetracked. Sorry) there are some things I would like to discuss. Like some things that REALLY suprised me. For example: the fact that Percy can see a relationship and by that I mean two people flirting and can tell that those two really like eachother. And Percy giving relationship advice?! (You suprised? Be suprised.) Percy is a really great driver! When your trying to escape a bunch of ogres. :/ Another thing that got me thinking was the part was when Percy git his mark and Octavian said," I hope that me hurt." Whoa! Crazy person! Don't know why but that was one of my favorite lines. Probably because it was just so utterly evil. Hmm. But out of all, my favorite part was when they were ar the cafe and Percy saw a couple holding hands while watching there child play and chase birds and Percy started thinking that thag could be him and Annabeth someday. I was all, " Awww!!!! That's so sweet!" I also loved how there are so many love triangles. And I usually don't really care for them. But Riodan really knows how to make them. He does them right! Authors take note! I hope that at one point in the Mark of Athena there is an Annabeth vs Reyna showdown! ANNABETH VS REYNA!!! Sorry. Just had a creepy fangirl moment. I know. Weird. And the reason I feel this way is becuase they clash so badly! Becuase they are si much a like! And if either Percy or Annabeth drop the "L" wird in the next book i'm gonna totally FREAK! Anyways, love the book. Recommend it to anybody eho is interested in this type of book.
I'm not one to write a good review for a book that isn't good, just because I love the series. I really did LOVE this book. The Son of Neptune is a little bit slow in the beginning, just because you have to get used to the whole 'Roman Camp' thing. But it seriously picks up from there. If you read The Lost Hero and wasn't impressed, don't let that spoil this book! It is amazing! Certain parts will just make you jump through the roof! The main characters Frank Zhang, Hazel Levesque and Percy Jackson (OF COURSE!!!) are all extremely enjoyable and original characters. The story is constantly supplied with a light humor (from our protagonist Percy Jackson himself!) to keep the reader engaged. It will not loose your attention! With all of the new additions and traditions of the Romans, take time to read it and understand it. Otherwise you may regret it in later books. This book is genuinly amazing. However, BE WARNED! This book will TORTURE you!!! I got so upset i threw the book across the room! Despite that (unfortunate) fact, buy this book! You won't regret it! p.s Rick Riordan doesn't know the meaning of mercy, He has decided to torture his fans. But hey, I still love the books!
this series is amazing. I have recommend it to everyone. can't wait to read more.
With new monsters&new characters, i was hooked from page 1. Found it amazing how the author ties in Romans&Greeks together; i just loved loved this book. Probably more than the first because Percy was the main character.. but yep, you should definitely buy this book if you love the Percy Jackson series&the book 'The lost Hero'
I cannot wait until May for the next Kane chronicles book. But I am dying to read the son of neptune. I don't even think I canwait until october! Well I hope you liked my comment byeeee?
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Riordan's writing has improved greatly over time and The Son of Neptune is one of his best works to date. The story follows Percy Jackson in his attempts to integrate himself into Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-Blood. This story fills in many of the gaps left by The Lost Hero and leaves off at a perfect spot for the next book to pick up. I will definitely read the next book!
I LOVED this book a lot! The more i read Riordan's books the more i want to be a half-blood. While reading every one of his books i feel what the charecter is fealing at the momemt. This book had so many parts where i would be on the edgde of my seat, literaly i almost fell of my reading chair! I have read each one of Riordan's books and i agree that there are some things that aren't realy that good in his books, but i am not here to critizize but to say good things. I realy look forward to reading every new book of his. I looking very forward to read The House of Hades when it comes out in a few months. I have already read The Mark of Athena and that book is also great. I myself am also sort of am a writer and hope to be as good as a wirter as Riordan. I have also heard that he is strating a new sieries based on the gids in The Lord of The Rings. Riordan was a big fan of that book when he was little i heard. Every day after reading every chapter of his i imagine my self as a half-blood going on a quest. My little sister just started reading the first book tonignt and she thinks that every thing in that book is real. I realy whish it was. (I should seriously stop chating). If you are ever hesitating on getting one of Riordan's books DON'T! Think only once and get it.
If you like Percy Jackson, you will absolutely love this sequal to Lost Hero. This is a wonderful book about Percy and his new friends from a roman camp. It really fills you in on what was going on with Percy and his friends when the other book tells about what is happening with Jason and his new Camp Half Blood friends. This is one of the best and highly reccomended books
I was skeptical at the first Heroes of Olympus novel, thinking they wouldn't live up to Riordan's original series, but the second book changed my mind. Fast paced, good character development and a wonderful mix of the Greek and Roman mythology, Riordan's second Olympian series lives up to expectations. Riordan has caught on to the fact that older readers have followed Percy rather than younger readers picking the books up, and aimed he content of this series at slightly older kids in response. Any age will enjoy either series, though-highly recommend them.
Great read for every age, im 24 and love his books. Once you get started it's hard to stop, cant wait for the 3rd book.
PIPER IS NOT STEALING JASON FROM REYNA! JASON DOESNT DESERVE REYNA? THUMBS UP IF U AGREE!:)