book: the lost hero

"the lost hero" by rick riordani am beginning to think that rick riordan writes greek/roman mythologies better than he does egyptian.

THE LOST HERO is the longest riordan book i’ve read, so far–but it’s every bit as entertaining as the shortest PERCY JACKSON book. the first novel off a new series that features camp half-blood, this one tells the story of jason, piper and leo; three new demigods who must answer the call of a new prophecy.

if the PERCY JACKSON series was told through the main character, and the KANE CHRONICLES‘s first book was told through the perspectives of a brother-sister tandem, the first book off HEROES OF OLYMPUS tells the story through three points-of-view. and unlike in THE RED PYRAMID (which is the first book off KANE CHRONICLES), the narrative in this book is smoother and less disjointed.

it probably helped that there were no annoying asides. and, as i mentioned before, greek/roman gods really are more mainstream than egyptian gods.

okay, here’s the backgrounder:

jason is a demigod with no memory of who he is, or what he is suddenly doing with two other demigods about to be kidnapped by storm spirits. and unlike other demigods we’ve met already, jason doesn’t seem to be familiar with greek mythology–but he is well-versed in its roman counterpart. also, he speaks latin. and on his first day at camp half-blood, he is given a quest to free a goddess trapped by a new enemy.

that’s the main plot of the story, and it is supplemented by two side stories that feature the other two main characters. piper is a demigod who doesn’t seem to be happy with her famous parents: a movie star and a god, who wouldn’t feel pressured, right? meanwhile, leo is a conflicted demigod who blames his abilities for the death of his mortal parent when he was a child.

unlike THE LIGHTNING THIEF (book 1 of the PERCY JACKSON series) and THE RED PYRAMID, THE LOST HERO doesn’t waste too much time setting things up. and it works for the book because our main protagonist, jason, doesn’t remember a thing. so the things that are brought up that should’ve read as set-up, actually play like integral parts of the plot.

but no book is perfect. THE LOST HERO suffers, i think, from the HARRY POTTER formula: the hero, the loyal friend, and the encyclopedia. do i have to name who’s who? unlike in PERCY JACKSON wherein your hero was flanked by a female warrior and a comic relief, THE LOST HERO‘s team reads a bit too much like harry, ron and hermione at times. the only difference is, in THE LOST HERO, the encyclopedia falls in love with the hero and not the friend.

that said, THE LOST HERO seems to have learned a lot from the mistakes of the PERCY JACKSON series. unlike in THE LIGHTNING THIEF where our characters traveled from one place to the other, and spent way too much time on the road; THE LOST HERO successfully gives our characters a mode of transport that takes them from one point to the other without too much travel time. in this way, the author successfully takes out the lulls that peppered THE LIGHTNING THIEF.

sure, we never actually saw the lulls in THE LIGHTNING THIEF. but in all the traveling they did, did you never wonder what the bad guys were doing? in THE LOST HERO, you got updates of what’s happening with the good guys and the bad guys!

i have to say, finishing THE LOST HERO, i can’t wait to read the next book off the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series: THE SON OF NEPTUNE.

11 thoughts on “book: the lost hero

  1. I had better keep Lost Hero a secret to my sister. At least until when I’m not so broke. She really liked the Percy Jackson series.

    • haha, if she is a fan, then yes, don’t tell her about Lost Hero yet. then again, Fully Booked already has both hardcover and paperback. the paperback sells for around 300 pesos.🙂

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  3. *spoilers*

    I got a hunch that Percy is included in the seven demigods. Hera said that they must navigate by air or by water; Jason, being the son of Zeus Jupiter, would be the one to lead them in air and Percy, being the son of Poseidon, in water. This will only be proven wrong if the titular character in the second book refers to a completely different character and not Percy.

    I would also love to have a Greek demigods and Roman demigods feud at first. It could give birth to a kind team shippings that the YA reading community have never seen before: Team Romans or Team Greeks. Given that the Romans are more warlike and sounds more badass – “I’m a child of Rome, consul to demigods, praetor of the First Legion.” – I’m on their ship!🙂

    *spoilers end*

    • oh I’m pretty sure Percy’s one of the seven demigods. and I also think the second book will deal with what happened to Percy.

      dealing with Percy was actually one of my fears for this first book. I wondered how Riordan would be able to introduce new heroes while making sure the well-loved characters of the previous books were still given the same treatment as before. So I was a bit happy that Percy never appeared in the book. It gave enough time for Jason, Piper and Leo to become heroes of their own right–which also gives them enough footing in the universe not to be outshined by Percy when he makes his inevitable return.

      … and I’m not a fan of shipping wars.🙂

  4. An interesting review – I’m hoping somebody will do a great job with the Egyptian mythos in fantasy fiction one day as it’s older and less used than the Greek and I’m sure there are some great stories to come out of it.

    Mark

    • thank you; and I agree with your sentiments. I too wish that someone could do for Egyptian Mythos what many have already done for Greek and Roman mythology.

  5. Well, I think that The 7 demigods include Percy, Annabeth and maybe even Thalia.
    Percy because he was exchanged.. Annabeth because she goes with Jason and co. at the end… Thalia… because she’s cool??? Actually Thalia’s unlikely.

    THE MAIN thing I am scared of is Jason having a girlfriend in the Roman Camp…

    I think Juno/Hera should just give Percy his memory back…

    And I personally prefer the Roman gods to the Greek…

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