The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
(Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)

80%

25 Critic Reviews

...this first book in Riordan's Heroes of Olympus spin-off series is a fast-paced adventure with enough familiar elements to immediately hook those eager to revisit his modern world of mythological mayhem...Riordan's storytelling is as polished as ever, brimming with wit, action, and heart—his devotees won't be disappointed.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Jason has a problem. He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she's his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids." What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.
 

About Rick Riordan

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Author Bio: Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of three different mythology-based series for Disney-Hyperion: the best-selling Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series. The first book in the Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller. The five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series have sold millions of copies, been published in more than thirty countries, and inspired a major motion picture. Rick's novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
 
Published January 5, 2011 by Disney Hyperion. 577 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Lost Hero
All: 25 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Vicky Smith on Oct 15 2010

Throughout, both key secondary characters and the author play the irritating we-know-more-than-you-do game readers will remember from Percy Jackson...Die-hard fans will probably be happy with this for a time, but unless Riordan tightens things up considerably...they may find themselves hoping that it does not end with a third Great Prophecy.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 27 2015

...this first book in Riordan's Heroes of Olympus spin-off series is a fast-paced adventure with enough familiar elements to immediately hook those eager to revisit his modern world of mythological mayhem...Riordan's storytelling is as polished as ever, brimming with wit, action, and heart—his devotees won't be disappointed.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by the-taggerung123 on Mar 27 2011

This fantastic book, The Lost Hero (a spin-off of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series) has got to be one of the most thrilling I have ever read. It's filled with action, adventure, a touch of romance, fantasy, Greek and some Roman mythology...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Dax on Mar 16 2011

A fast, heart-pounding story of three demigods, two Greek and one Roman. The characters go on an adventure to stop the awakening of Gaia, who is goddess of the Earth, and Polyphemus, who is the king of giants.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by the-taggerung123 on Mar 27 2011

This fantastic book, The Lost Hero (a spin-off of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series) has got to be one of the most thrilling I have ever read.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Kaycee Hallett on Jun 02 2011

The Lost Hero is another great read by Riordan. It combines almost non-stop action with laughs along the way and characters that most readers can relate to...This book is a great read for anybody no matter the age. It's easy to get sucked into the story and I found myself rooting for the heros on their quest.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Lauren Berkes on Dec 17 2010

In The Lost Hero, we return to Camp Half-Blood for a new quest for our characters. Along the way, the novel has a lot of action, a bit of magic, a freaky security system and a metal dragon. I recommend that you read the Percy Jackson series before you read this book, because it will help you to understand a lot of the concepts in The Lost Hero.

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Common Sense Media

Good
Reviewed by Carrie R. Wheadon on Oct 12 2010

This spin-off uses the same camp that trains heroes and churns out three more intriguing demigods. Whether they're as likable as Annabeth and Percy is still up in the air, but it's a promising start.

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Kidz World

Excellent
Reviewed by KidzWorld on Nov 07 2010

The story had the same feel as the Percy Jackson books, but the third person point of view restricted Riordan’s humorous touches. The Lost Hero introduced Roman history, which was both interesting and at times confusing. Rick Riordan is perhaps one of the best YA authors out there.

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KidsReads

Good
Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on Oct 12 2010

Greek and Roman mythology is alive and well in this new series by Rick Riordan, author of the popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series...This time, they cross over to Roman mythology, and the sometimes-blurred lines between the two cultures are examined in closer detail...You’re not going to want to miss this one!

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AuthorsDen

Above average
Reviewed by ellen george on Aug 29 2015

A good start for a new series, but it would be good to be aware of Greek and Roman mythology - the Greeks vs the Roman. Riordan makes a mini-glossary of some of them at the end of this book. The Lost Hero is good, but the first of the Perseus Jackson books was a tad better. Still very much worthy of reading and continuing the series as it comes.

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A Patchwork of Books

Good
Reviewed by Iron Guy Carl on Aug 29 2015

Imagine flying horses, goat men, and horsemen hovering around your cabin as you came out for breakfast. This is what it would feel like to be in the Lost Hero. Through my many years of reading, I have enjoyed many books, but the Lost Hero by Rick Riordan stands out.

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Geek Speak Magazine

Above average
Reviewed by Rachel Hyland on Oct 12 2010

Sure, I was occasionally frustrated by the unconscionable amount of time it took anyone in this book to work out what was going on...Nevertheless, this book was still a really fun time, full of delightfully twisted mythology and more than the occasional chuckle. It’s absurd, yes, but in a really wonderful way...

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Greenwood Public Library

Above average
Reviewed by Admin on Dec 30 2011

Jason, Piper, and Leo did grow on me, and the friendships that are so elemental to Riordan’s storytelling finally got me hooked...If you’re looking for a good, old-fashioned adventure filled with terrifying beasts and obstacles around every corner, I would definitely recommend The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Berkes on Dec 17 2010

If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, you will definitely want to read this book. Each chapter finishes with a suspenseful moment and makes you want to read the next chapter. I loved the cliffhanger ending, and I can’t wait to read the next book.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by pizza on Aug 29 2015

I loved The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. The Lost Hero starts off with a real catchy hook and Rick Riordan’s style of writing makes you never want to put the book down. It keeps you guessing what is going to happen next, that’s why I loved every part of the book.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by AnubhutiKumar on Aug 29 2015

You can find everything in this book, action, suspense, thrill, mystery, topped off with just a touch of romance. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Loaded with twists and turns, friends and betrayal, this newest Greek mythology thriller of Rick Riordan’s will not disappoint.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by fyrefly on Jun 29 2012

I feel like I can count on Rick Riordan’s books to be entertaining, clever, fun, and full of mythology, and The Lost Hero didn’t disappoint...certainly recommended for anyone who likes mythology mixed into their fiction is looking for a fun, fast, entertaining summer read.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Aug 28 2015

The plot does involve some weapons and violence but the context is pure fantasy -- battles take place only with monsters and other fictional creatures. This book is probably best for those who have not read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, or for those who still wanted more after the final book in the series...

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Kidsmomo

Excellent
Reviewed by Bryce on Dec 22 2014

The Lost Hero is a good book for fifth and sixth graders. It has a lot of action and a lot of suspense. It is a great book for advanced readers.

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Kidsmomo

Good
Reviewed by Nancy on Aug 28 2011

I just finished the first book in the series, The Lost Hero, which was also pretty awesome. It’s told from three demigods’ perspectives: Jason, Leo, and Piper. All three of them have complicated pasts...I guarantee you’ll like it.

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Reading Teen

Excellent
Reviewed by Austin on Oct 17 2010

So, long story short, I loved The Lost Hero. I recommend it to anybody who has read the Percy Jackson series. And if you haven't read the Percy Jackson series, read it ASAP. Then, read The Lost Hero.

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Novel Reaction

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Jan 20 2011

I really enjoyed this latest installment in Riordan’s Olympic World...I enjoyed getting into three different viewpoints and a close look at the events as the unfurled instead of an explanation after the fact...If you liked the Percy Jackson series you will enjoy this new one.

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Thirst for Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Rhys on Oct 23 2010

The book may be long, but at no point does it lack in story. The intriguing and incredibly mystical plot manages to push forward the story throughout the book...Even for those who have not read Percy Jackson, The Lost Hero will still be highly enjoyable, all though I recommend reading the Percy Jackson series first...

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The Book Zone (For Boys)

Above average
Reviewed by Bookzone on Oct 19 2010

The third person narrative really helps us as readers to get into the heads of the three new demigods, and as they all have so much to hide from each other this story just wouldn't have worked anywhere near as well in the first person.

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