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June 6, 2012

THE LOST HERO (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) by Rick Riordan, 2010

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own . . . in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods. (Amazon)

Reviewed by Megan, reader and writer wannabe

Like many of you, I’m a Percy Jackson and the Olympians fan.  But while I like the Ancient Greeks and their mythology, I am mildly obsessed with all things Roman.  So when I heard that Mr. Riordan had started a series dealing with Roman demigods, well!  I got my hands on the first book as fast as I could!  It did not disappoint.  

Everything that made me love Percy Jackson, from the loyalty to the original myths and the cultures they sprang from to the colorful and exciting settings, to the hilarious and accurate portrayals of ADHDers is present in this new series. 

But some of the things I liked the most were about the characters.  Specifically: Jason Grace.  Mr. Riordan faced an interesting challenge in writing Jason: how to show the Roman equivalent of Percy without showing anything he’s done, without even Jason’s own memories to help us know what kind of person he is.  Mr. Riordan not only succeeded but excelled in this, because Jason isn’t just Percy’s equivalent, he is Percy’s Roman equivalent, and the Romans are not Greeks.  Romans are unique, and anyone who has studied Roman history can see that Jason is every inch a Roman “dux” (commander or general).

Anyone who enjoyed Percy Jackson will enjoy this new series, as will anyone interested in Roman mythology and culture.

Market: young adult
Language: mild
Sensuality: mild
Violence: moderate (action/adventure stuff)
Mature Themes: modern demigods, amnesia, the barrier to the 'underworld' breaking down

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