‘The Lost Hero’ by Rick Riordan


(Please note: This is a reprint of an earlier review — Percy Jackson is alive and well in the continuing series by Rick Riordan, including the newest, “The Trials of Apollo.”

Rating: 5 stars

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, is book one in a new series, The Heroes of Olympus, based on the original series about Percy Jackson. It is still based at Camp Half Blood, but instead of two heroes, Percy and Annabeth, there are three.

The three new heroes are Jason, the demi-god son of Jupiter (also known as Zeus, which is explained in the book); Piper, the demi-god daughter of Aphrodite; and Leo, the demi-god son of Hephaestus.

While Annabeth goes on a quest to find the missing Percy, the new heroes — Jason, Piper and Leo — go on a quest to find Hera (also known as Juno) who is being held prisoner by a mysterious force whose identity is not revealed until near the end of the novel.

The mysterious force’s minions include the giants of mythology whose potential power is even greater and more horrific than that of the Titans, whom Percy Jackson ultimately defeated in the last series.

Like the original series, the novel is filled with wonderful teenage humor. The characters are well-drawn and entertaining. The plot is well-executed and keeps the reader’s interest.

Of course, like the first series, there is a never-ending flow of fascinating information about the Greek (and this time, Roman) gods. Rick Riordan has done his research carefully, and one of the benefits of young adults reading these books is the knowledge that they acquire without studying! It’s a fun and painless way to learn all about mythology.

As always, the heroes, the villains, the gods, and the humans are all courageous but flawed — selfish (sometimes) but strong and daring. It’s a great read.

Visit Rick Riordan’s website for more information. There is also a special website for the Percy Jackson series.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher.

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