Well, it is now Christmas Eve over here and I hope you all are having a good day. As for me, I just got back from probably the least satisfying trip. I say that because we only went to see family over the course of two days, and on the second day, we were there for almost 12 hours. Fortunately, that trip is not what today's topic is about. A little while back, I purchased what I believe was my first ebook purchase from Barnes & Noble. Today, I will be reviewing that book, called The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.
The Lost Hero is pretty much the sequel to the original Percy Jackson series, which my sister introduced me to some time ago. It follows Jason Grace, son of Jupiter, Piper McLean, daughter of Aphrodite, and Leo Valdez, son of Hephaestus, on their quest to rescues Hera from the clutches of a new enemy, which is supposedly the start of the events of the prophecy mentioned in the original Percy Jackson series.
As I enjoyed the first series, even though I still, to this day, think it is a Harry Potter rip off, I decided to try this one out. I did enjoy it for its action and even being close to the point where the original series left off. Jason was likable and parts were extremely funny. I also liked how it talked about the various differences between the Greek and Roman aspects of the Olympians, such as personality differences, role differences, etc. However, that is all I can really think of that I enjoyed.
There is not a whole lot bad that I can think about this book that will degrade the quality too much, as, again, it was enjoyable for me. All I can say is that it still seems like a Harry Potter rip off. In fact, if Harry Potter were to continue, I am pretty sure it would be like this. For the Harry Potter fans out there, this might be a nice thing and Rick may enjoy such comparisons, but he just has not come up with really any new concepts to make it different from Rowlings' work. Gaea is now our so-called Lord Voldemort. Her giant followers and those she revived are the supposed Death Eaters and the minor gods introduced are pretty much our dementors. In the original, Kronos and his underlings held those roles. Many other authors seem to also be trying to copy Harry Potter these days, if they are not making vampires with setereotypical powers and traits, like that of the first Twilight movie. I might not have come up with original concepts myself, but at least it is not the same thing over and over. This flaw does not really take down the book too much, but it certainly does not make it appealing for newcomers to Percy Jackson.
Despite the fact that I am still seeing the Harry Potter rip off signs flashing, I really enjoyed it enough to at least try to finish the series, hoping that this will be the last series. I really recommend this to fans of the original Percy Jackson series or those interested in Greek and Roman mythology. For everyone else, I recommend you find something more unique.
What are your opinions on this book? Do you agree or disagree with me? Feel free to comment.
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