First Impression Friday: “The Son of Neptune” by Rick Riordan

I was finally able to get the rest of this series from my sister (because Amazon only had the first one available to read for free, and my library doesn’t have the rights to the ebooks anymore), so we’re diving right back into the demigods’ story.

From GoodReads:

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.

HAZEL IS SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—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. Hazel wishes she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

FRANK IS A KLUTZ. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. 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—although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven. 

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)

I’ll start this off by saying that reading about Percy in third person is so weird. I just re-read his entire series, and was in his brain the entire time, and now I have to look at him from a distance? It feels like something is missing, something that made the original series so good. I read the first three chapters of The Son of Neptune before writing this First Impression, and all three chapters dealt with Percy.

It looks like this book, according to the summary on the back cover, is going to deal just with the Roman side of the half-bloods. The Lost Hero dealt with the Greek side (with us realizing Jason was from the Roman side all along, and there’s going to have to be some kind of clash sooner or later), and now we’re across the country in sunny San Francisco to see the other side of things.

I feel like so much has been lost by switching to third person, but I also understand that it’s easier to write in third person and switch between multiple characters instead of writing in first person and having to come up with a new personality and headspace for each character you have narrate your story, so I’m going to forgive that. I’m pretty sure this is going to sort of parallel The Lost Hero in that Percy will get his memory back at the very last minute and save the day.

Do you have strong opinions on first vs third person narration? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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