Re: The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero
Very good story, although, I must say that I did enjoy the previous books better.
For one, Riordan really messed up his writing style when he decided to forsake the first-person view. When making a first-person book and a third-person book, there are obviously adaptations that need to be made, and Riordan didn't make them as well as I may have liked. The main problem here is that he took away one of the great things about third-person; being able to go into far more detail than in first-person. Despite having the freedom of switching to an enemies perspective, he chose not to, and instead spoke from third-person, but in a first-person manner. I dunno if you get what I'm saying, but I mean like, he would just stick with speaking from Jason's point of view for the two chapters that he stayed at his perspective, and the same for Leo and Piper. It made it feel like Riordan was being... iffy the entire time. Like he was constantly trying to get back to first-person. He's a first-person writer, and so I believe that perhaps he should have kept it that way. It would have made the jokes, the lack of description, and other such things having to do with, for example, vocabulary, far more acceptable, realistic, and funny, respectively.
Also, I miss Percy. And Grover. And Annabeth (she's in the book, but she's more of a minor supporting character).
And I miss the funny and almost always captivating chapter titles.
Overall, though, a good story. As usually, Riordan really managed to transcend the gap between Greek mythology and modern society quite well. It's always fun figuring out what character from mythology he is hinting based off of slightly noticeable habits or things that they say at before he reveals it. The story is definitely interesting. There's a lot going on, and a lot to explain. Can't
wait for the next book.
It's called Son of Neptune, so rather than an expansion of "The Lost Hero" I'm almost expecting something more along the lines of going back in the timeline from when Percy went missing and going from there, but from his perspective instead of Jason's. Just my opinion though.