The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost HeroPublished: 2010

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 557 pages

Setting: an alternate present where the Greek and Roman Gods exist, in the United States

Interest: We were doing a Greek mythology unit study, and I was looking for a good book for Mr. Curiosity to read alongside his other work. The Percy Jackson series would have been perfect, but the first book was checked out. This is the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, the second Percy Jackson series.

Summary: We follow Jason (son of Jupiter), Leo (son of Hephaestus), and Piper (daughter of Aphrodite) as they realize they are demigods and all that entails. They undertake a quest to free Hera and prevent Gaea from awakening. Jason’s memory has been taken from him, but her remembers most of it by the end of the story. Turns out, he’s a Roman demigod thrown into the Greek demigod training camp by Hera to try to bring the two sides together.

Final thoughts: I wasn’t planning on reading the book, but I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for Mr. Curiosity. Once I started, he and I were fighting over who got to read the book. It probably would have been best if we’d read the Percy Jackson series first, since that sets up the world a bit more explicitly, but we were too lost. It does follow the typical story arc – time sensitive quest, riddles to solve to get to the right place, big battle with the forces of evil, with the good guys barely winning, and a bigger battle coming in the next book. Even so, its great fun to read. Looks like we found a new series to read. Mr. Curiosity enjoyed it so much, he didn’t even blink at the 500 page length. As a bonus, the Greek Gods were integral to the story, so it totally fit with the unit study.

Title comes from: It referred to Jason, leader of the Roman demigods, who was kidnapped and had his memories stolen from him.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.

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