My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!
New prophecy, new characters, new adventures.
Beware: this review contain spoilers!
Our core group in this book is Jason Grace, Piper McLean and Leo Valdez! Jason wakes up on school bus, holding hands with Piper and joking with Leo. It all seems very simple, right? I’m sure it would be, if it wasn’t for the simple fact that Jason doesn’t know or remember those around him, and at the same time, he knows he’s not supposed to be there!
When the group comes under attack from some vicious storm spirits their saving Grace comes in form of Annabeth Chase. However, Annabeth is not happy. Actually, she’s angry and frustrated, because as it turns out, she’s looking for her boyfriend Percy Jackson who’s missing.
Annabeth brings the trio with her back to Camp Half-Blood, and Since neither Jason, Piper or Leo knows who their godly parent is, the hope is that they’ll be claimed quickly. However, when Leo is claimed by “Hephaestus”, Jason recognises the forge as Vulcan’s symbol instead. By now there’s been a few things that indicates that Jason Grace recognises things in Roman, instead of Greek.
“Ut cum spiritu postrema sacramentum dejuremus,” he chanted. “Et hostes ornamenta addent ad ianuam necem.”
“You just…finished the prophesy,”Rachael stammered. “-An oath to keep with a final breath/And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. How did you-“
“I know those lines.” Jason winced and put his hands to his temples. “I don’t know how, but I KNOW that prophecy.”
“In Latin, no less,” Drew called out. “Handsome AND smart.”
When Jason enters Hera’s cabin he gets a visit from a goddess depicted in goatskin. The goddess tells him that he must free her. Later on,after months of silence, Rachel gives a new prophecy:
“Child of lightning, beware the earth,
The giants’ revenge, the seven shall birth,
The forge and dove shall break the cage,
And death unleash through Hera’s rage.”
With this new series there’s a few changes in the writing style:
- It’s no longer first person point of view, but instead third person.
- The point of views does change between Jason, Leo and Piper
I’ll be honest here and say that so far this is my least favourite of all the books!
As Percy doesn’t make an appearance in this book (he’s only mentioned throughout) we don’t get his point of view, and his snark is missed! Rick Riordan still manages to make the book somewhat entertaining through the secondary characters:
“What about a compromise? I’ll kill them first, and if it turns out they were friendly, I’ll apologize.”
Every time I read this book it seems like a hurdle I have to go through in order to get to the next book, where Percy’s back. Why? Well, I don’t like Jason – at all. He’s the uncrowned leader of his gang, however, not through merit but instead through his birth right. Being the son of Jupiter/Zeus does seem to have its perks.
With Pipers crush on Jason her personality doesn’t really shine through.
most of her time is spend thinking about how dreamy he is. This is really annoying as Piper seems to be very powerful in her own right, but you don’t get a proper feel of her powers until towards the end.
Leo is quite entertaining.
But unfortunately, he spends a lot of time envying Jason which is a shame because they’re not even in the same league. Basically, I’m team Percy through and through so I’m just counting the pages to the next book.
I will say that the ending of this book just about made it all worth it to me, including the part where Jason finally remembers who he is and where he’s from!
“I’m the son of Jupiter, I’m a child of Rome, consul to demigods, praetor of the First Legion. I slew the Trojan sea monster, I toppled the black throne of Kronos, and destroyed Titan Krios with my own hand.
When Juno/Hera tells Camp Half-Blood that an exchange of leaders was necessary, Annabeth and Jason cracks the code. Finally they know where Percy Jackson is. There’s just one problem, as Jason dutifully points out, the Romans may not be as welcoming, as they value respect, duty and sacrifice a lot more than the Greek camp. However, in order to set out to complete the prophecy of seven Leo and his camp mates start building the Argo II (In Greek mythology, Argo was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to retrieve the Golden Fleece).
So why does this book still deserve five hearts? The creativity is flooring me every time I read this book. We meet even more of the villains from the Greek mythology and the modern spin Rick puts on them is nothing short of amazing.
Have you read this book or anything like it? Comment and let me know.