The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
(Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

79%

26 Critic Reviews

What is enthralling about this novel is that Riordan does a great job of keeping the reader on their toes. He creates short, digestible chapters that make the reader to want to keep reading.
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Synopsis

Percy is confused. When he awoke after 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. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. 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.
 

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 October 4, 2011 by Disney Hyperion. 540 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Son of Neptune
All: 26 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 04 2011

After spinning his wheels in series opener The Lost Hero (2010), Riordan regains his traction with book two of The Heroes of Olympus.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by pollster on Nov 29 2011

I thought the plot of this book was really like the last one in the series, but otherwise I enjoyed this book (and I've enjoyed the rest of the Heroes of Olympus series).

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by LUCA 777 on Oct 25 2011

This is my favourite of the Heroes books. It is funny, adventurous and exciting. It is never boring, There are lots of jokes which I really like.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Isaac260 on Oct 04 2011

I loved this book because the plot is so brilliantly woven. It is a thrilling mythological adventure. It leaves the reader wanting more.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Dana Henderson on Oct 13 2011

What is enthralling about this novel is that Riordan does a great job of keeping the reader on their toes. He creates short, digestible chapters that make the reader to want to keep reading.

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Deseret News

Above average
Reviewed by Kimberly Bennion on Oct 14 2011

Although all three of this book's heroes start out believably flawed, toward the end of the book one of them starts to become a little too powerful for some to find believable...Overall, "Son of Neptune" is sure to please old fans and new alike.

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KidsReads

Good
Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on Oct 04 2011

THE SON OF NEPTUNE picks up right where the first book left off. Readers finally get to see how the “other half” lives, and Riordan does a great job of introducing Roman mythology without it being confusing or overwhelming.

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Hypable

Good
Reviewed by KAREN ROUGHT on Oct 09 2011

Overall, this book was definitely worth the wait. I loved reading from Percy’s point of view again because he’s got a comedic side that we only really saw in Leo’s character in the last book.

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My Entertainment World

Above average
Reviewed by Rachael Nisenkier on Nov 08 2011

He’s also ridiculously good at creating stories that fit together effortlessly, and unfold at a brisk pace while actually saving a ton of plot for later. At the end of Son of Neptune, I was excited for the next book, and also exhilarated by the tale I just read.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by LMT55 on Feb 07 2017

So overall, I think that this book is fantastic. People who love magic with a twist would enjoy reading this book. I think that it’s a good book for 5th grade and up.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by bluesweett on Oct 02 2014

This is honestly the most action packed book I’ve ever read. I like the vivid description used to make all this action and adventure because I feel it makes it more understanding and totally clear for the reader.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Oct 23 2011

Riordan’s books are fast-paced, imaginative stories with great humor as well as suspense. I tore through The Son of Neptune because I couldn’t put it down. I only regret that I have to wait until next fall for book three, The Mark of Athena.

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Readings

Good
Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom on Oct 24 2011

This is a fast paced adventure story that will make you laugh, cry, gasp with fear and cheer when our heroes succeed.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Above average
on Jul 23 2012

For Riordan fans who are missing Percy after The Lost Hero, though: this book is a welcome addition to the series.

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Reading Teen

Excellent
Reviewed by Austin on Jan 14 2017

This book will most likely be a favorite to anyone who like mythology, fantasy, or any one of Rick Riordan's previous books. And now, I must wait centuries (Or so it seems) for the third book in this series,

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Book Nerd

Excellent
Reviewed by Giselle on Dec 15 2011

I find myself giggling reading some of the witty banter that Percy projects. It’s that good! If you’re a Harry Potter fan be sure to check this series out. Mythology, mystery, adventure and romance all in one epic read!

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Forever Young Adult

Above average
Reviewed by Mandy on Aug 05 2013

This series showed me a different side of itself, and I still love it more than ever. Whatever danger or uncertainty the future has in store for us, there's also a lot of hope. And I know have a feeling we'll be needing plenty of that the next time we get together.

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Book Yurt

Below average
on Oct 17 2011

This Percy Jackson fan is going to go back and re-read the original series, because this spin-off is driving me nuts. My love of Percy will keep me reading The Heroes of Olympus until the very end, but so far I honestly have to say I’m 0 for 2 – and I really, really hate that I can’t love these books.

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Caught Between the Pages

Excellent
Reviewed by Kayla on Oct 14 2011

All fans of Percy Jackson or the Heroes of Olympus will not be disappointed! Anyone who hasn’t read these books yet, please do! The mix of mythology and the modern day is something you shouldn’t miss. I give it 5/5 stars.

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Ex Libris

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Nov 08 2011

Excellent continuation in this new series, if you liked the previous installments, you'll love The Son of Neptune.

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Kevin's Meandering Mind

Above average
Reviewed by dogtrax on Nov 07 2011

My son didn’t mind the rehashing some plot ideas (three friends get Quest, work under deadline, save the world), but I found it a bit old after a while. The strength of the book is the development of the characters, though.

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Mrs. Jensen's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by nachocat98 on Oct 24 2011

I loved this book, and am glad I read it. The book was funny, and had more than enough adventure to keep me happy. I would recommend The Son of Neptune to anybody. For me this book receives an A on the rating chart.

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Mimosa Stimulus

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on May 02 2012

If you are a fan of Percy Jackson, then you'll definitely want to pick this one up. Even if you didn't care as much for The Lost Hero, you'll want to read this one just to get back in touch with Percy and his antics and attitude.

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Knight Reader Blog

Good
on Dec 24 2011

It should go without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed The Son of Neptune. It is a great book for readers ages 9 to 99. The things that I loved about Riordan’s previous books also apply to this one: fully developed characters, an intricate plot, tons of action...

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Magic of Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Leanne on Nov 17 2011

As for the ending? Well it's epic and I'm dying for the next book. I don't want to wait :( I want to read it now! *stamps feet like a child* Anyway, full marks! Like I said, the guys a genius!

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Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Aurora Celeste on Feb 05 2012

I think I’d rather have left him at the last series. While The Lost Hero had some life injected into it by the introduction of a new main character The Son of Neptune seemed to just be rehashing the same story from its previous book.

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