Rick Riordan surely is the master of myths-based fictions. This reputation is proven in his series such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles. He is able to offer stories which are very attractive to fantasy readers. Following the release of the third book in his series Heroes of Olympus “The Mark of Athena” this October, let’s take a look on its prequel book, “The Son of Neptune”.
Looking at the cover of the book, you must have learnt that this book will tell about Percy Jackson, as he is the son of Poseidon, Greek form of Neptune. As we know that in the event before “The Lost Hero” – the first book of the series – occurs, the goddess Hera had switched Percy and Jason Grace to each other’s camp in hope that Greek and Roman will finally get along together to face the upcoming threats from Gaia.
This installment takes place eight months after the event of “The Lost Hero” and opens in a wild-goose-chase between an amnesiac Percy and the Gorgons (Medusa’s sisters, but without petrifying stares). This chase led Percy to Caldecott Tunnel in California where he met a mysterious old lady named June. June told him that the Tunnel was really an entrance to the Roman version of Camp Half-Blood called Camp Jupiter and gave him two options: to carry her to the Camp to escape the Gorgons and regain his memories – and perhaps saves the people he loves – or to retreat to the sea where he can live a long, happy life.
Percy chose the first option and carried June across the Tunnel and Little Tiber, losing his Curse of Achiles, defeating the Gorgons and saving Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang (the guards of the gate) in the process. When they arrived at the Camp Jupiter, June revealed herself to be Juno, Roman counterpart of Hera, and ordered the Romans to accept Percy as one of their campers. He was put in the Fifth Cohort by the praetor Reyna, and found out that he didn’t regain his memory back. But, he decided to stay in the Camp Jupiter and made friends with Frank and Hazel. That night, after bringing his Cohort to the victory, Mars – Roman counterpart of Ares – appeared and sent Percy, Hazel and Frank to a quest to free Thanatos, the god of death, who was imprisoned in Alaska. Would they manage to complete the quest? That you’ll have to find out by yourself, as what happen in the book cause an impact to “The Mark of Athena”.
This book is perfect for Percy Jackson’s fans and fantasy readers. It offers us a breath-taking story with old and new characters in the series, a complex plot that brings you to be in the story and great characterization of the characters. This is the result of Mr. Riordan writing in a new style of third person narration, which gives us more information about the characters. His style of language is not deep, making it a light reading material for they who crave for adventurous and interesting light fictions.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab the book, and soon you will find yourself immersed in the content world of myths, gods, heroes and monsters!