|A great follow up to the Lost Hero, not to mention the return of PERCY! It was fun being introduced to the new cast of characters in the first segment of Heroes of Olympus, but it was also a breath of fresh air to return to the fondly familiar snark of Percy Jackson. I was also delighted by Frank and Hazel–once again Riordan’s ability to create nuanced characters takes center stage as I swiftly grew invested in the emotional arcs of the two newest members of the Seven. Not to mention the drama of Percy’s amnesia–I remember that I just about died when this book was first released and the only name that Percy could remember was Annabeth’s.|
Furthermore, the introduction of the Roman camp was fascinating. I studied Latin all through college and nearly minored in Roman History, so to see the cultural aspects alluded to here was fascinating. It was also nostalgic–the original Percy Jackson books are what spurred an interest in classics that would eventually snowball into me choosing to learn Latin in college. It was cool to learn about Greek culture from the original series, but it was equally cool to see my own knowledge of Roman culture, years later, reflected in the pages.