**spoiler alert** Just finished it this evening and I have to say, that Rick Riordan is just getting better at what he already does best: mixing the r...more**spoiler alert** Just finished it this evening and I have to say, that Rick Riordan is just getting better at what he already does best: mixing the real world and mythology by taking you through an incredibly fun, action-packed romp.
I really enjoyed how the whole series is setting itself up, especially the introduction of the Roman aspects of the Gods and the 'other' demigod camp (that has a mind-wiped Percy, what a brilliant twist)! I loved reading about the old beloved characters as well (I didn't think I would like Annabeth so much, but I actually dug her quietly determined worry and the fact that she now calls Percy her boyfriend). Thalia as Jason's sister? My mind boggles at the brilliant and wholly appropriate retconning.
The action was fun as well. I enjoyed meeting a whole load of new minor gods. I liked how Riordan manages to 'namedrop' old references, from villains escaping Tartarus (Midea, Midas) to the battle of Troy and Helen's mirror-knife. The fight scenes were gripping, unbelievable, yet realistic at the same time. And I also enjoyed how Riordan kept you guessing before each big Greek/Roman reveal, it was like a little triumph when you guessed it early and a big 'oh yeah' moment when you finally got told who it was. Ah Gaea. You'll be a formidable enemy. It's making me want to research the creation of the Giants, NOW.
My only gripe is that I don't find myself particularly attached to the three new main characters. I find Leo and Jason's voice quite hard to distinguish between one another, and while I'm sympathetic towards Piper, I think Annabeth was a much better version of what she's trying to be (and Thalia and Rachel for that matter). I think two out of the three of them having famous movie star parents also bugged me for some reason. I guess it is difficult to write steadily in shifting third person perspective, but Riordan's style is so distinctive that I guess it's his voice taking control of the whole book, not so much the characters. I didn't necessarily mind this and hopefully each character's narrative will get more distinctive as the series progresses.
All in all, I really enjoyed it. Bring on The Son of Neptune!(less)
I enjoyed the premise of the book. Taking Nicholas Flamel and turning him and John Dee into contemporary characters is fascinating. I also enjoyed the...moreI enjoyed the premise of the book. Taking Nicholas Flamel and turning him and John Dee into contemporary characters is fascinating. I also enjoyed the concept of the 'Elders' and how they are the old gods of mythology, which is a neat way of explaining the presence of them in modern times and being able to icorporate gods from all types of world mythology.
The book was well paced, the characters likable and the little easter eggs of knowledge really interesting. However, I have to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as other mythology-for-modern-times young adult books, like Rick Riordan's. I can't put my finger on it but it's probably to do with the author's writing style. It was less action and more description, and I just felt that I wanted to be excited more.
In any case, I am looking forward to the next book in the series when I get around to it. I expect that the series will get better with each book. (less)
The best in the series so far for me. So many interesting Immortals, Elders, Next Generation and even the introduction of yet another race, the Archon...moreThe best in the series so far for me. So many interesting Immortals, Elders, Next Generation and even the introduction of yet another race, the Archons. Excellent energy and pace, it was so action packed and really kept me wanting to read more. I also enjoyed all the new mythology I learned in this one. Plus, I've decided I really like Perenelle Flamel. She is made of so much win.(less)