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Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Two: The Son of Neptune (Special Limited Edition) (The Heroes of Olympus) Hardcover – 25 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; Slp Ltd Sg edition (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423154525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423154525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Witty and inspired. Gripping, touching and deliciously satirical (Times )

A fantastic blend of myth and modern (Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl )

Sure to become a classic (Sunday Express )

Vastly entertaining (Independent )

Riordan delivers puns, jokes and subtle wit, alongside a gripping storyline (Sunday Telegraph ) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.

About the Author

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.


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By Ginan Tonic VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having read all the books before this one and been on the edge of my seat, longing for 4th October and the release date for "Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune," dying to know what happened next after the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book, I have just completed reading it and was not disappointed.

It is pacey, exciting, witty and full of the character flaws, weaknesses, decision making, surprise twists in the story and ultimate heroism I have come to expect from this series. It really is a great read and hard to put down, landing straight into the action from the first paragraph. Already I am wanting to know what happens next and waiting with anticipation for the next book in the Heroes of Olympus series.

The characters are always so engaging, full of secrets that need uncovering and Riordan really is a master storyteller. If you have never read any of the Percy Jackson tales, do start at the beginning and follow the progression from "The Lightning Thief" all the way through to "The Son of Neptune." It's a brilliantly entertaining series of stories that both has you laughing out loud in places and on the edge of your seat in others. Our 10 year old has loved them all and has the added advantage that he is now very knowledgeable about Greek mythology which has stood him in good stead at school! Read the series and enjoy. You won't regret the experience.
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I won't deny that I adored the Percy Jackson series, the characters were really engaging, the blend of classical mythology and modern sarcastic humour works brilliantly.
Likewise the prequel to this "The Lost Hero" was fantastic for much the same reason and you should really read them all.
However, I found The Son of Neptune slightly disappointing by comparison. Maybe it's because Percy isn't actually the main character and it's what I've become used to expecting, but Reyna, Frank and Hazel are all much easier to engage with in this book because you are expected to know all about Percy to read this so it feels a little bit like Riordan has undersold Percy.
However that is my greatest criticism, Frank and Hazel (Percy's partners) are fantastic characters and the witty style is still there for the most part.
Regardless it is still a very good book and I encourage anyone who has read the series to follow it, and if you haven't read the series read it all and The Lost Hero, so you can understand many of the little references made about Percy and characters from the Percy Jackson series and The Lost Hero.
One little spoiler though that any fan will understand TYSON's BACK! That should have you sold.
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I am half way through the latest Percy Jackson book and it is a must read for fans of the series. If you have followed the Percy series from The Lightning Thief then you will know what to expect from ths book. It has all the adventure and witty dialogue you expect and a very clever take on Greek/Roman mythology.
This 2nd in the spin off series from the Percy Jackson books expands greatly on the the universe created by the author Rick Riordan and is another winner.
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Finally Percy is back, along with two new demigods, on a quest to once again help save the world. Again, I loved this book! Everything about it just screamed brilliant. The characters, story and world were still so perfect I could not get enough of it.

I felt that there was a lot more background information in this one compared to The Lost Hero. Camp Jupiter, the Roman camp, was finally revealed and it was so different to its Greek counterpart but it was still just as brilliant. It was clear where the differences in the two sets of demigods lie. The Romans were organised and structured, which was reflected in its camp, whereas the Greeks were a lot more free and wild. I loved this because it gave us much more information on how the Romans acted and lived.

Overall this book gave so much more information than the first book and I felt the connection with the characters a lot more, I don't know if this is because we got to read from Percy's perspective again and are familiar with it a lot more than the new perspectives we had in The Lost Hero. Not to mention it was still as action-packed and fast-paced and immediately gripping as any Rick Riordan Book so it gave you a lot more freedom to enjoy it.
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For fans of Percy Jackson and anyone who has the slightest interest in Greek and Roman Civilisations or mythological masterpieces of fiction.
Truly an Epic set of stories from the First to the Last!!!
From Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Books 1-5 plus two more extra books on the Greek Gods and Demigods) and continuing all the way through (Heroes of Olympus Books 1-5).
To end with The Blood of Olympus. An Epic story all the way through, a great coming of age story in beautiful and rich environments full of danger and mystery. A thoroughly cracking read. I loved it so much, I read it twice through. Wonderful.
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This book is in the same vein as Rick Riordans other Greek/ Roman themed books. The writing is interesting and entertaining as usual. My only criticism is that book one did not complete its story and you are forced into buying book two for the conclusion, this book is also open ended. I assume you have to read all five to get to a conclusion, which is no hardship.
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