Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Review- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lost Hero
Series: Heroes of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: October 12th 2010
Book 1
I must begin by saying that after I read the Percy Jackson series (the prequel to Heroes of Olympus), I knew that this series was going to be magnificent. As soon as I opened the book and I was a chapter into it, the novel consisted of action, heroics and twists at the very start. The story begins with the memory loss of a teenager named Jason Grace. He finds himself in an unknown life with strange people surrounding him who are supposedly his friends. On a school excursion, he and his friends are attacked by storm spirits called venti. Jason discovers that he is a half-blood after the attack is over. Later along in the book, it is evident, during quests which involve Queen Hera, that Jason is a Roman hero stuck in the life of a Greek hero. He unlocks more of his memory as the novel continues.

As soon as I picked the book up, it was difficult to put down again because of how enticing it is to be in another world of Greek/Roman mythology. It is thrilling to say that Riordan pulled off a novel that has many cohesive characteristics such as action, twists, cliffhangers and more! I advise all people to read this novel if they haven't already. 

What I especially adored about this novel was that Riordan gave each of the characters a unique and rare ability which is discovered and develops throughout the novel. It makes the character connect with readers which leads to more thrills. I also liked moments when the trio on a quest feels down and has a loss of determination, it is always Piper that brings them together again with a new surge of willpower.

Leo, Piper and Jason grow closer to each other on their quest to save the captured God/Goddess (to be revealed in the book). However, if they fail there will be severe consequences involving the ancient creation Goddess and her malevolent minions. Leo has a secret, Piper has the most unanticipated God for a parent and Jason's past is revealed, including where he was from and who the "Lost Hero" is.


The Heroes of Olympus series is much more detailed and interesting than the Percy Jackson series even though Percy Jackson is the prequel to Heroes of Olympus. It was difficult to jump from first person in Percy Jackson to third person in Heroes of Olympus as they are both two entirely different contexts. However, I got used to third person and I must admit I liked it even better as it explains what is happening from different perspectives for each of the protagonists. There are many new ancient Greek antagonists in the novel which are revealed throughout the journey. With this comes new protagonists who have the power and strength to overcome anything standing in their way, some at a loss, and some so simple without any injury or discomfort. 


Overall this is a "top 5" read in my opinion which has no minor or major faults. However, I should warn you that once this book has been picked up it will be near impossible to put down again!



Rated: 5/5

32 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this book—and the Percy Jackson series. I've just started the sequel, The Son of Neptune, and it's just as great. (:

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    1. Yes,
      Rick Riordan is a fantastic author who puts a lot of effort into his work...
      I do agree that the son of neptune is just as great as the lost hero...
      Can't wait until the mark of Athena comes out!

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  2. Interesting review! I to have read it and you've summed it up perfectly!
    Cant wait until the next review...

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    1. Thanks a lot... Have you read the second one? (son of Neptune)

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  3. Good review. A return to Percy Jackson's world? I should read this. :)

    New follower from book blogs.
    Read that also

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    1. Thanks a lot...
      You should definitely take time out to read this spell bounding book

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  4. Hi Daniel,
    I've started the series too and I like it ! By the way, nice Blog...
    Feel free to stop by mine.

    Lucie
    http://newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

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    1. Hey Lucie,
      thanks for following... I followed back!
      Yes, this is an excellent and action packed novel with many twists!

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  5. Hi! Great review. I'm a huge Riordan fan.

    I'm also your newest follower. I found you through Book Blogs. I hope you'll stop by my blog and follow me back.
    http://kellyhashway.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Kelly,
      already followed your excellent blog!
      Riordan is truly an excellent author!
      Be sure to read this series if you haven't already...

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  6. I loved this book. You review is awesome and I am so glad to be a new follower of your blog.

    I would love a visit: http://wtfareyoureading.blogspot.com

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    1. Following you! Great Blog!
      Thanks

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  7. You have a nice style of reviewing. Great job. Very nice blog, I'm glad I stopped by. I've 'Followed" this site, so I'm sure to return often.

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    1. Thank you :) I'll be sure to follow you as well

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  8. Great review and this seems like an interesting book, I will add it to my TBR pile! I'm also your newest follower: http://www.bookenslaved.com/

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    1. Thanks a lot! Already followed you :)

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  9. Hey good review, I also reviewed this book a while back on my blog. New follower so come follow me at bookreaper.blogspot.com

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    1. Cool Blog..
      Followed you too!

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    2. hi new follower please follow me @ cantbeatbooks.blogpsot.com

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    3. Nice Blog!!! But I can't find the followers box?

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  10. Amazing review. I just looove Rick Riordans books, even though I have only Read the first part of Percy Jackson *that was a few days ago... I want to read the rest of the series very soon*
    I'm a new follower by the way

    xoMar

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the follow!!! Riordan is indeed a great author and you should definitely take time out to read the rest of his books ;)

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  11. Wow! I really liked your review! I read that book a while ago and loved it! Have you read Fablehaven? That's a really good series!

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    1. Thank you do much.
      I haven't read Fablehaven but I will take a look at it.
      And I completely agree with you that Heroes of Olympus is a great book.
      Thanks again

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  12. Is that the Aussie cover? It looks.... not very pretty. I like our American covers a lot more... even though it's cartoony... there's still something whimsical about it...

    I too like Rioordan.... In fact, his "Serpent Shadow" is waiting on my shelf to be read.

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    1. I agree with you about Riordan, he is a great author with lots of talent. I am currently reading The Red Pyramid which is the first one in the Kane Chronicle series and I've gotta say that i'm loving them.

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  13. I've been dying to read this one. I am a huge fan of Riordan and I am currently reading The Serpent's Shadow, the third book in the Kane Chronicles and I am loving it. Nice blog you have here. Here is my book review blog if you want to check it out. http://www.abookwithoutpages.blogspot.com/

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    1. I am also a major fan of Riordan's! I am reading The first of The Kane Chronicle's as I said in the last reply and once again I will say that it is amazing ;)
      You also have a great blog... followed back!
      Thanks

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  14. Hello again... I absolutely loved this book!!! It really does deserve 5/5. I can't wait for The MArk of Athena to come out... I'm going to buy it as soon as it comes out

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    1. Thank you! I loved this book as well!! The Mark of Athena comes out in some time near October and I honestly am excited now!!!
      Thanks Again
      ~Daniel~

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  15. Another great book from Rick Riordan! I agree with your review and the characters were really great and interesting. Can't wait to buy this.

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    1. This is one of his best!!! I read it from the library a while back and then I actually bought it for myself to read the second time... The second one is just as good...
      ~Daniel~

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