Reading this after a short break to read The Lord of the Rings and Mobile Suit Gundam: Origin‘s first five books was interesting. It reminds me so much of The Two Towers, where The Lost Hero followed half of the fellowship and The Son of Neptune followed the other half, the Percy half.
Because yes, Percy Jackson is back, and while it’s odd reading about him in third person instead of following his every thought like we did in his series, it’s great to have him back. Frank and Hazel, the other two main characters/narrators of this book, are also incredible. I may be about ten years late reading these books (I just checked the copyright page – this one is from 2011, so exactly ten years, which makes me feel…older, somehow?), but they are just as good as the first series, if not better because they’re bringing in an entirely different mythology.
While The Lost Hero was comforting in its familiarity but also slightly tiring because it went over everything we already knew from the original series, The Son of Neptune deals with an entirely different beast altogether: the Roman Legion, tucked into Camp Jupiter in the hills of California. We ride along with Percy as he fights to remember his previous life, and we’re introduced to everything Rome-related just as he is, which isn’t tiring because it’s all new to us readers, too.
These books are much longer than the original Percy Jackson series (or at least it feels that way to me), and I think that because of that, the books have a bit of a slower pace. It could just be Percy stumbling around and trying to figure out just what is going on that makes it seem like it’s a little slower). There’s more time for Hazel/Frank/Percy to sit around and actually talk to each other instead of just rushing from one task to the next.
I am thoroughly enjoying my trip into the Roman Legion, and while I know way more about Greek mythology than I do Roman mythology, I am looking forward to learning more about it through these books. This was way better than The Lost Hero, and I’m giving it a 4.5/5 star rating for that reason. I am very happy that while this book sort of mirrored The Lost Hero, it wasn’t an exact copy. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Do you prefer Roman or Greek mythology? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.