I love the Percy Jackson series almost as much as I love Harry Potter (okay, well, not even close, but as close as any series is going to get). But I didn’t enjoy the first book in the Kane Chronicles at all, which is why I let The Lost Hero sit on a shelf for over a year before finally picking it up. Part of me wishes I had left it there, but only becaue the series was so good that I broke my rule about not reading books in a series back to back and I will now be spending the next year freaking out while I wait for book three.
The Lost Hero is the first book in a new series set in the same world as the Percy Jackson series–a modern day world where the Greek gods are real and demigods still go on quests and save the world. There is a new threat to Olympus, one that can only be beaten by Gods and Demigods working together. But Olympus has shut itself down and Hera has been taken prisoner. A new camper has shown up at Camp Halfblood with no memories and Percy Jackon has disappeared.
Unlike the Percy Jackson books, The Lost Hero is told in third person and the viewpoint rotates between the three main characters. And I love them all. Jason has absolutely no memories, but he is a powerful fighter and the son of Zeus. He keeps using the gods’s Roman names and clearly has a lot of fighting experience. Leo can create and control fire and is a genius building things. He’s the comic releif, but also has a powerful story, because he is dealing with his mother’s death, which he feels responsible for. Piper is the daughter of a Hollywood heartthrob and even though she is beautiful, she isn’t shallow at all. She is furious to discover that her mother is Aphrodite. But her father has been taken hostage and she knows that she will betray her new friends and sabotage the quest to save him.
This may not come as a surprise, but in books… my favorite thing is betrayal. I think it is the ultimate reading emotion. Because there has to be love and care and loyalty in place before it can happen and then there is crushing disappointment and heartbreak and anguish. I love the not knowing and I always find the resolution satisfying–whether I am sobbing over a destroyed relationship or cheering over a creative solution, it is always a good release.
Besides all the emotional drama, there wi non-stop action and plenty of mysteries. Who is Jason and why do all the gods find him so interesting? Why do the gods’s Roman names come more easily to him than the Greek names? Where is Percy? I just deleted an entire paragraph of questions, because I immagine it is not that interesting to read.
There was nothing I did not like about this book. Plus, there was a huge metal dragon. It’s been less than a week since I read it and I already want to reread it.