Percy is confused. When he awoke from 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 with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Together with Frank, reluctant son of Mars and unlikely quest leader, and Hazel, cursed daughter of Pluto, Percy travels to Alaska, the land beyond the gods to free Death from his chains so they can save New Rome, the city for Roman demigods and the descendants of demigods.
Honestly, it took me a little bit to get into this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rick Riordan’s books, and The Lost Hero was great, as was the Percy Jackson books. But it took about a hundred pages or so for me to get into it. Maybe it is because New Rome is less laidback than Camp Half-blood and more about military and politics, or maybe it’s because I’m less familiar with Roman mythology and it took me a little bit to get used to the new setting and the “new” gods. But I struggled at first. However, that doesn’t mean it didn’t get good quickly.
First of all, all of the characters are great. I love Hazel and Frank, and I can’t wait for them to get together. Frank is a very complex character. Even though he is the leader of the group, he is really insecure and looks up to Percy because Percy is the more experienced one. However, Frank’s no slouch. He is really brave and selfless. Even when the monsters tried to tempt him into saving his and Hazel’s lives by leaving Death chained up, he didn’t hesitate in doing what was best for the greater good. The fact that he’s a little goofy and insecure makes me like him more than Percy, actually. As much as I like Percy, he can be a little too perfect sometimes. I would be best friends with Frank and very shy and awkward around Percy if we all knew each other.
And Hazel is definitely cool. She’s able to use her curse as a power a lot of the time, which is awesome, and I like how the curse and how she died had practically nothing to do with her and everything to do with her mother, and I’m glad she was able to come back and change her fate. Also the plot twist at the end with her old boyfriend is going to prove interesting, I’m sure.
As for the plot, it is full of humor and worth reading. I love how the Amazons are portrayed and I kind of hope Amazon really is run by ancient female warriors who are funding their way to world domination.
Conclusion: Four out of five stars, about. In a five hundred page book, one hundred pages of confusing world-building is acceptable. And as long as they keep reading, Lost Hero fans will not be disappointed with this sequel.