The Problem - Gaea (Mother Earth, but evil) is awakening. Two of her sons, the formidable giants Polybotes and Alcyoneus (Call me Al!) are gatheringThe Problem - Gaea (Mother Earth, but evil) is awakening. Two of her sons, the formidable giants Polybotes and Alcyoneus (Call me Al!) are gathering their armies of monsters. Thanatos, god of Death, has been captured which means nobody is dying, or rather, when they do, they don't remain dead. Their point of attack - Camp Jupiter, the Roman version of Camp Half-blood.
The Quest - As Mars (Ares, to the Greeks) so eloquently puts it - "Go to Alaska. Find Thanatos and free him. Come back by sundown on June twenty-fourth or die."
The Demigods -
Percy Jackson : Does he really need an introduction? Son of Neptune (Poseidon). Water-controller. Recent Amnesiac. New Camp Jupiter recruit. FREQUENT quest-goer. All-round awesome guy.
Reyna : Praetor (leader) of the Roman Camp. Annoying know-it-all. Has a thing for Jason.
Special shout-outs : Ella (a harpy with possibly Asperger's syndrome), Terminus (the armless, lower-body-less God who guards the boundaries of Camp Jupiter), Vitellius (a Roman ghost who knows everything and lets people know that, loudly and often) and residential cool cat, Don the faun (who can rock a 'fro like nobody's business)
The Review - I LOVED IT. I stayed up most of last night and forewent breakfast today to finish the book. It was a typical Riordan affair with action and humour galore. I love his spins on the Greek and (this time) Roman mythology. I think he's an amazing writer and am insanely jealous of his talent.
Frank is adorable and, for me, at least, easily over-shadowed Percy in the story. Hazel has perhaps the most interesting arc - and that thing with Leo (!) - I'm waiting to see how it all plays out. While it was interesting to learn about the Roman camp, I kinda missed Camp Half-blood, Grover, Chiron and the rest. Nico's presence made up for that a little, but he was on for only a short while and under-utilized.
The battle at the end was AWESOME! Terminus totally rocked it (pardon the pun)! The cliffhanger at the end, however, didn't, because now I have to wait till this time NEXT YEAR for the sequel.
The good stuff: 1. An admirable end to the trilogy cycle, with a fair amount of action, intrigue, magic aIt was better than I expected and then some.
The good stuff: 1. An admirable end to the trilogy cycle, with a fair amount of action, intrigue, magic and dragons. 2. The epic battle at Uru'baen was skillfully done and kept me at the edge of my seat. 3. Loved both Murtagh's and Nasuada's storyline. 4. Paolini's writing has picked up immensely; there was never a dull moment in the book - everybody was always on the move. 5. I'm glad the focus was more on Eragon and Saphira in the book. It was getting too crowded. 6. Angela Mooneater.
The not-so-good stuff: 1. The editing was shoddy at first. It was painful going through the recap at the beginning. 2. The reveal of the final dragon was a bit of an anticlimax. And I SO saw the identity of last dragon rider coming. 3. (view spoiler)[The whole deal with the hidden dragon eggs seemed like a deus ex machina to me. There wasn't enough ANY foreshadowing regarding that or that their memories had been tampered with. (hide spoiler)] 4. I skimmed through most of the chapters which focused on Roran. (I know I'm in the minority here but he just bores me. Somehow, I could never get invested in his character as much I was invested in Eragon's. Brisingr was totally ruined for me because of him.) 5. There wasn't enough about Angela in the book to my liking. Grrr. 6. (view spoiler)[I kind of found it hard to believe that Galbotorix could be so easily defeated. If that was the case, why hadn't anybody else done it already? (hide spoiler)] 7. The ending. (HOW COULD YOU, PAOLINI????)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Aw, man! This ended too soon! :( How do they expect me to wait one whole year to find what happens next?!
I really liked this book! Fast-paced, generouAw, man! This ended too soon! :( How do they expect me to wait one whole year to find what happens next?!
I really liked this book! Fast-paced, generously peppered with witty sarcasm and a good story to boot, though sometimes it felt like Riordan was trying too hard with the sarcastic dialogues - they felt forced. Thoroughly enjoyed every time Sadie took up the narration. Sarcasm seems more natural to her character than Carter's.
Senile Ra just cracked me up! (Oh, noes! Vegetables!) There wasn't much of Bast or Khufu to my liking but Bes more than made up for it! Utterly sad what happened to him in the end though. Hope they can fix him in the next book.
Also, I have a feeling I know how Walt can be saved *winks* I'll wait for the final book to prove me right. Zia? Meh. After all the importance she was given in the last book, her role in this one just felt flat. Maybe she'll have a bigger role to play in next, judging by all that talk about her "destiny".
All in all a good read, recommended for all fantasy fiction fans. Now to begin the long, LONG wait for the next!...more
Another fast-paced, action-packed, adventure novel churned out by Rick Riordan & Co. This is more of a back story to the whole 39 clues series, wiAnother fast-paced, action-packed, adventure novel churned out by Rick Riordan & Co. This is more of a back story to the whole 39 clues series, with about 3/4th's of the book taking place before Amy and Dan's time.
We start off with Gideon Cahill stumbling upon a "serum" which enhances one's abilities to almost superhuman standards, but fearing his "friend" Damien Vesper wants to steal it for his own good, he divides the ingredients among his four children, Luke, Katherine, Thomas and Jane, so that none of them have the entire serum, but if put together they can shape the entire future civilization.
But Gideon dies while trying to protect his work, his pregnant wife and kids escape and go their separate ways to make their mark on the world. Before she leaves, Gideon's wife Olivia, takes his ring off his body before it falls into Vesper's hands; the ring supposedly is very dangerous and carries a terrible secret. After that, the ring is passed down from Cahill to Cahill over several generations, all the time fighting to keep it from the Vespers, until it is given to Amy and Dan.
Apparently the 39 clues series was supposed to end after the 10th book, where they had found all 39 clues, but due to popular demand, they decided to continue with the books by introducing the Vespers into the picture. The plot device is glaringly obvious with nary a mention of the Vespers until the 10th book, but it works.
The Vespers are ruthless and aren't above murdering two kids (judging by all the YA books out there,is anyone these days?) for a gold ring with a secret. The book is a roller coaster ride with never a dull moment. The authors manage a good job of continuing the story without making it look like parts of it was written by four different people. Recommended, but read the other ten first (if you haven't already) before picking this up....more