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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Review

After re-reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympian books, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Lost Hero, and it did not disappoint. Sypnosis from Goodreads :

Published Oct 2010

551 pages

Image‘Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first audiobook in The Heroes of Olympus series.’

The Lost Hero is the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series, where he mixes his familiar Greek mythology with Roman Mythology. Percy Jackson, the charasmatic hero of the first series, does’nt appear in The Lost Hero, although Annabeth and a host of other Camp Half-Blood characters do. Percy has gone missing, and his disapearence forms part of the mystery that surronds Jason, Piper and Leo.

Riordan has branched out in The Lost Hero, not using first person like he did in Percy Jackson, but he does have chapters from each of the three main heroes point of view. I liked this change – although I LOVED getting to know Percy in first person, in third person we get to know all three equally well. Although, I did feel that having the three points of view added to the bulk of the book, and sometimes the plotline felt a bit longwinded.

Jason, Piper and Leo are our main characters. Jason is a nice character. I didn’t like him as much as Percy, but he was brave and the poor boy has had his memory stolen by Hera/Juno. It’s always difficult to write a new character into the series when the main character is so well known and I think the mysery surrounding Jason’s memory loss and how that’s connected with Percy’s disapearence is how Jason works. Hopefully we will get to see more of his personality in the next book.

Piper is Jason’s love interest and a daughter of Aphrodite, although not a typical stare in mirror all day daughter of Aphrodite. Her father, the famous actor Tristan Mclean has being kidnapped and she is warned she must betray her friends to save him. I liked Piper, she was a bit of a rebel and she stuck up for things she believed in. I feel I got to know her more then Jason, maybe because we knew her background. Piper can also ‘Charmspeak’ which is basically means she can tell people to do anything and they will do it.

Leo is the Son of Hephastus and the comic relief. He is witty, annoying, brave and haunted by his past. He is very good at fixing things and has the rare ability of creating fire in the palm of his hand. Leo was funny, although at sometimes his dialouge felt a bit forced.

Overall I really like The Lost Hero, and I thought it was a great first book in the series. As usual Rick Riordan’s cliffhangers and surprises are impeccable and it is the mysery that really makes this book. I really hope these new characters are developed more in the next book and I also hope it heralds the return of Percy and explores the Roman side of mythology a bit more. I recommend this book to fans of the first PJ series, greek myth fans, and maybe those who are 9-13 years old (although I’m 19 and I loved it!).

Laura 🙂 xx

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