Jason can't remember who he is or how he got on a bus of misfits. He has a girlfriend? Piper wishes she could forget that her dad is missing and she needs to obey the voice from her nightmares to get him back. Leo isn't sharing his strange abilities or how they were the cause of the death of someone he loves. Thrown together, the three need to figure out what's going on and who they can trust. Can they learn to trust each other and work together to complete a dangerous quest to save a Goddess that may want them dead?
5 stars - a must read
Rick Riordan does it again. Love this new series set in the world of Percy Jackson's adventures. The same Greek Gods are there ignoring the mortal world even though they claim their children as promised to Percy. Add the Roman version of the Gods, acting a whole lot fiercer and things just got a whole lot more interesting. Needless to say, the world building is fabulous. Really enjoyed this new Roman perspective.
The characters are just as good as Percy's lot. There's a lot of the old favorites hanging around in the background too. And hints of more of our favorites to come. I love Jason. He's trying to remember the memories that have been taken from him. He's becoming friends with Leo, learning to trust him with his life. He's feeling things for Piper that maybe he shouldn't because who knows what's in those hidden memories. He's a great reluctant hero. He knows he's done great things but why is he the leader? I love this aspect of him. Greatness with some humility. Piper is still learning that she's a demi-god. Newly claimed she's not so excited with her Goddess mother. What can she do but talk people into doing stuff they shouldn't. Unsure how she can help but desperate to get her dad back, she makes a fabulous heroine. Leo is the fixer with secrets. Wanting to be noticed by the girls but clearly the sidekick, Leo comes through time and again to save the day. Love his passion and obsession with making things work.
The plot is action packed and full of twists and turns. Love it when a book leaves lots of clues that I don't even notice until after they have been explained near the end of the tale. Such is the case with this book. The story comes together concluding the first phase of long struggle to save the world. Loose ends are tied up and clues explained but I was left wanting and needing to dig right into book two as I realize just who that book is about and what's going on.
This is a must YA book for anyone who loved Percy Jackson. The fun hasn't ended, it's just shifted to add great new characters and new threats. Love it.
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