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The Son of Neptune is book #2 in The Heroes of Olympus series. The book is set after book #1, The Lost Hero. Where Jason, Piper & Leo defeated Enceladus and rescued Hera.
This book begins with the oh so popular Percy Jackson returning to the franchise. He has awoke after months of slumbering sleep, has apparently lost his memory, and is now on the run from monsters that are trying to kill him. However, every time he kills any monsters they re-spawn soon after wards. When running from flying crazy ladies with snake hair, he comes across an old lady on the side of the highway that gives him choice to go on without her and continue his journey alone to the bay and live or choose to save her from the monsters and carry down into a tunnel leading to a camp for safety and end up saving many of people including people in his past. Percy chooses to save her and on the way to the camp he comes across the help of two members of the camp legion, Hazel and Frank. Once there the old lady turns into the goddess Juno and announces that he is 'the son of Neptune.'
After proving himself safe to Reyna, the praetor of the camp, by saving Frank from a flying snake haired grocery sales woman, she sends him to consult the augury, Octavian to decide his fate. Who then says Percy can join the legion, the fifth cohort, with Hazel & Frank. After Frank takes the win for the fifth cohort during the camps Roman war game, he is then claimed by his father, the God of war, Mars. When claimed the God tells Frank that he and Percy and another friend of his choice are to go on a quest to figure out why the monsters are no longer staying dead.
After choosing Hazel to accompany them they are told to head to make their journey and later to find out that they're part of the some ancient prophecy called the 'Prophecy of Seven' Meanwhile, Hazel and Frank are both hiding secrets, and Percy still has no memories of his past life but pretty sure he wasn't from a Roman camp.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked this book better than book #1, The Lost Hero. Which I love all of Riordan's books but for me book #2 was better, I'm not entirely sure why, but I have some theories: 1.) Percy Jackson coming back made the adventure more interesting. 2.) I think I also liked the characters more in this book, I connected with them more. Maybe all of the above I don't know. But either way I'm loving this series and I think I'm finally getting use to the whole switching from different characters point of view each chapter, maybe that could also be a reason I liked book #2 better.
Rick has a way of just drawing you in and keeping you interested. I really liked the new characters, Frank and Hazel, in this book they was very fun and interesting. His characters and their life stories themselves are just so different and unique I just want to know more about them.
This book was primarily about Roman Mythology so that's fun getting to know mythology that isn't the traditional Greek mythology.
I just can't wait to see what happens next in The Mark of Athena and the following books!
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