Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010 book 246

Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero
I've been somewhat embarrassingly eagerly awaiting the first in the Percy Jackson companion series, about a new group of heroes at camp a few years after the events of the PJ books. And this didn't disappoint--the new characters are interesting (Jason, a son of Zeus who's had his memories stolen, Piper, a badass daughter of Aphrodite, and Leo, a fire-powered son of Hephaestus) and we see the action from all three points of view, which makes things more quickly. I do think it's funny that pretty much every fantasy series has a main male character, a capable female who's usually a love interest, and a usually funny secondary male character--it is a bit of a rehashing of the original books. But the new villains are pretty compelling and I like where the series is going, mythology-wise. These books are actually fairly educational, but ssshh, don't tell the kids who like them. :)

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