‘The Lost Hero’
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the Heroes of Olympus Series
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 about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognise her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, 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, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
I went on to ‘The Lost Hero’ as soon as I could get my hands on it! I just wanted to continue in the world that Rick Riordan created as soon as I could. It took me a little longer to read than usual, although that had nothing to do with the book and more to being busier than usually and not having enough time to get everything done.
Going straight from the Percy Jackson series into this series, I felt was a good move. I was able to continue with a world that I already had a strong knowledge of and It was easy to follow along with the mix of Roman and Greek mythology.
The plot really dives deeper into the mythology than even Percy Jackson and expands on myths that existed in both the Greek and Roman time periods. Having just competed ‘Mythos’ By Stephen Fry this was amazing to see and I don’t think I could of enjoyed it any more – I wouldn’t shut up about it to anyone who would listen!
The writing style of Rick Riordan is easy to read and flows fantastically. I don’t know if this is due to the middle grade nature of the book or weather its just the ease of his writing in general, but I never felt as though I was struggling to understand the writing or not smash through the portion I was reading.
The characters in the story that were introduced in ‘The Lost Hero’ had depth and dimension, they we well build and were able to be easily placed in a world that had already been built with care and detail without causing any bumps or issues in the world they were coming to fruition in.
As much as I am loving the book I think the only thing I would mention is that its LONG! This would probably be the main thing that would stop me from picking it up again, considering I have so many books I need to read as it is!
Overall, If you love the Percy Jackson series or any series similar with amazing world building and great characters I would definitely recommend picking up this book!
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
What is a sequel series to a series you’ve read that you would recommend?!