- Page Count: 521
- Release Date: October 4, 2011
- My Rating: 3 stars
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
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 wished 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 infront 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.
I feel like I should give this a higher rating because I DO like this series! I was just kind of bored for most of this story. It started out really strong, but then a lot of scenes in the second half seemed like pointless filler and I really didn’t care much.
I think I’m just not that into the general format for these books… the characters are on yet another mission to get from point A to point B because of REASONS (usually involving Hera). They get sidetracked into a bunch of small skirmishes and pointless distractions that don’t matter, yet still fill 200+ extra pages to complete the book. The plot structure kind of reminds me of The Mortal Instruments series. And that’s not a bad thing… I just usually end up zoning out in parts like
And these books are still aimed at a slightly younger audience, so I think you probably just have to be in the right mood to not be irritated by the cyclopes & harpies after a few pages. I was clearly not in that mood.
I love the characters and the diversity, though!! And the clever twists on Greek & Roman mythology are always fun. The way the Roman camp was set up was my favorite part and I wished the story had stayed there instead of heading to Alaska. I really did love the first 1/3 of the story.
So I did enjoy the overall idea of the book, but it definitely lost my interest at times. It spent a lot of time establishing the sequels, though, so I’ll check those out!