Compadres, I am totally team half-blood. Granted, I’ve only read the first two books in the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series and The Lost Hero, but that’s enough to turn me into a Rick Riordan fangirl. Seriously, I think his wildly popular Percy Jackson books are what kicked off that new Greek mythology trend. The Lost Hero begins spin-off series ‘The Heroes of Olympus‘ and is every bit as awesome and hilarious, with returning characters from the Percy Jackson series.
The Lost Hero follows demigod Jason (yeah, THAT Jason) who wakes up on a bus trip for the Wilderness Reform School with zero memories. He is told that Piper is his girlfriend and Leo is his best friend. At the Grand Canyon, Jason, Piper and Leo are attacked by a monster and discover that they are demigods. They are then shipped off to Camp Half Blood where they are claimed and receive a quest — that’s all I will say because I don’t want to spoil the plot for you.
The chapters alternate between Jason, Leo and Piper as we learn of their backgrounds and internal struggles. The Greek and Roman mythology element is perfectly weaved in — plus there’s a few bombshells dropped that changed my thoughts on the Percy Jackson books. I really loved Piper’s character – she’s part Native American and her mother is NOT the goddess that she expected. Piper has this huge identity struggle. ALSO YOU GUYS, Riordan does not white wash his books. Hip hip hooray for characters of color, and MAIN characters at that. PLUS, you know that we ALL want Jason and Piper to just hook up already (their relationship is in a weird place because Jason doesn’t remember her as his girlfriend). Leo provides fantastic comic relief, but his character is more complex than it is stock. Sidebar: Festus, the giant metal flying dragon: ILY SO HARD.
I thought The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan was a captivating, fast paced story. As usual, I enjoyed Joshua Swanson’s (Shipbreaker) narration. His voice takes getting used to and can sound a bit robotic or computer generated if you haven’t heard him before. I don’t recommend letting him be your first narrator, but when you have some audiobooks under your belt and experience, THEN try him out. The audiobook of The Lost Hero is 16 hours and 34 minutes unabridged and produced by The Listening Library.
Disclosure: I purchased this book with my Audible credit.