Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Son of Neptune

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Son of Neptune

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Title: The son of Neptune (Book 2 in The heroes of Olympus series)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin Books, 2011


The son of Neptune, from The heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, is an interesting tale of adventure, where Percy Jackson and his new-found friends Frank and Hazel must quest to save their camp from the clutches of Gaia. As the quest unfolds, they all discover hidden talents and secrets which had previously made them feel excluded from their peer group; now they become essential for their survival. Because each is a demi-god, they have been passed a special skill relating to their godparent. For example, Percy, as the son of Neptune, can control any body of water around him to his advantage.

Unfortunately, the fantasy genre is never one I have particularly enjoyed reading. It's always seemed too far-fetched and too fanciful for my taste, so it was with trepidation that I picked up this novel to read. From the outset I felt alienated from the story. This is part of a series and I immediately felt this, with references to previous adventures, characters and, annoyingly throughout, constant reference to Percy's memory lapse, which seems to only exist in this book so the reader won't forget it for when they read the next in the series. …

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