Book Review

Starting A New Adventure — The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan {Book Review}

Title: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Release Date: October 12th, 2010
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it!

What it’s about:

Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

My thoughts (spoiler-free):

Buddy read with the lovely Uma of Books. Bags. Burgers. Thanks for an amazing first buddy read, Uma! You can check out her review here.

“Maybe people with special gifts show up when bad things are happening because that’s when they’re needed most.”

It only took me about 7 years, but I finally, finally started this series! A big thank you to Uma of Books. Bags. Burgers for suggesting a buddy read to get me to finally stop procrastinating!

The Lost Hero takes place in the world of Percy Jackson, a few months after the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has ended. Except, instead of Percy, Annabeth and Grover, we now follow a completely different trio: Jason, Piper and Leo. We also have a completey new prophecy, new adventures, new villains and lots of mystery. Also, Percy himself is missing…

Let’s talk characters first, shall we? One of my favorite changes in this new series has been the inclusion of multiple POV’s as it allowed us to really get to know all three main characters so well. Though I must admit that I started the book missing Percy’s voice a lot. He is one of my all-time favorite main characters, so I was a bit worried if I could grow to like all these new characters instead. But I shouldn’t have worried.

I especially fell in love with both Piper and Leo immediately. Piper is feisty, strong and very caring. I loved her relationship with her dad and her interactions with her cabin mates. Leo is smart, sassy and funny and I loved his thoughts and his relationship with his pet dragon. Well, most of my favorite quotes are Leo, so that’s saying something. Jason was my least favorite of the three, even though he grew on me. He felt really bland, lacking in personality and just your standard great hero to me. But of course, this probably had a lot to do with his amnesia so I’m still giving him the benefit of the doubt for the rest of the series and I’m sure I’ll grow to love him as well. On top of the new trio, we also get to meet some of the characters from the previous series again and boy, you have no idea how happy that made me! I just love these characters so much, I could read about them forever.

The world building is of course another great point of Rick Riordan books. He already created such an amazing world with Percy Jackson and the Olympians and he just keeps surprising me by expanding the world even more. More gods, more villains, more myths, more creatures, more surprises, more mystery,… There’s just so much more, more, more! Though I can’t go into details because of spoilers (though really, this has been out for 7 years already. I can’t believe I managed not to get spoiled myself), I loved the way Rick Riordan expanded the mythology. He had me guessing and speculating throughout the entire book, and when the ending came it all felt so obvious and clear, like I should have thought about this from the beginning. But I didn’t so I still got the surprise effect!

The writing style and the plot are similar to Percy Jackson. If you loved that series, I’m pretty confident you’ll love this book as well. I mean, what’s not to love about a couple of demigods going on a quest together, meeting monsters and gods along the way, getting themselves in lots of dangerous situations, with a ton of humor thrown in? Sure, the premise is pretty familiar, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.

I just must recommend this book to anyone who loved the Percy Jackson series and wants more. Though it’s not my favorite Rick Riordan yet, I’m pretty confident the rest of the series will only get better and better so I’m saving my five-star rating just a tiny bit longer.

Favorite quotes:

“Jason scratched his head. “You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, ‘festus’ means ‘happy’? You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?”

“It’ll be dangerous,” Nyssa warned him. “Hardship, monsters, terrible suffering. Possibly none of you will come back alive.”
“Oh.” Suddenly Leo didn’t look so excited. Then he remembered everyone was watching. “I mean… Oh, cool! Suffering? I love suffering! Let’s do this.”

“What about a compromise? I’ll kill them first, and if it turns out they were friendly, I’ll apologize.”

“Destroy it?’ Leo was appalled. ‘You’ve got a life-size bronze dragon, and you want to destroy it?’
‘It breathes fire,’ Nyssa explained. ‘It’s deadly and out of control.’
‘But it’s a dragon!”

Have you read The Lost Hero? What did you think about it?

18 Comments

  1. I loved buddy reading the book with you Lindsey 🙂 Can’t wait to get started on book 2! 😀 I agree about almost everything you say! Leo was definitely my favorite character <3 And I really enjoyed the multiple PoVs too 🙂

    1. OMG Uma I hadn’t realised I hadn’t replied to your comment yet! So sorry but then again we have been talking about these books pretty much daily and I can only say I’ve been loving every minute of it 🙂 Let’s hope book three has some more Leo again! Or even better: Leo AND Percy scenes 😉 (with a dash of Nico and okay, all other amazing characters too 😉 )

  2. I haven’t read anything by Rick Riordan yet at all, although it is definitely a familiar name 🙂 I know about the buddy reads though! The same thing happened to me this week. A blogger friend also recommended a buddy read, Red Rising – and it turned out to be SOOOOO GOOD (will be posting the review on Monday.) I’ve found buddy reads (especially bossy buddy reads) to be lovely because otherwise you’d never read some of those books other people pick for you 🙂

    1. Buddy Reads are so amazing indeed! I totally understand about bossy buddy reads – though my buddy read wasn’t bossy really, it was still a perfect way to get me to read a book I might have procrastinated indefinitely otherwise 🙂 Red Rising has been on my TBR for ages, so a buddy read would have been handy for that one as well – so happy to hear you loved it!

  3. I really should start some of Rick Riordan’s series. They really do look like a lot of fun!

    1. They are super fun 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy them when you get to them!

  4. I still need to finish the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I only have 2 books left to read so hopefully it won’t take me too long because this series sounds great too!

    1. Oh I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the Percy Jackson series! I loved the final two books of that series and am loving the Heroes of Olympus too so far 🙂

  5. I’ve not read this series yet, but my son and I have been slowly working our way through Percy Jackson, so I definitely hope to read it someday soon. It sounds amazing and I’m glad you enjoyed your first buddy read. 🙂

    1. That’s so cool that you’re reading the Percy Jackson series with your son! Definitely hope to do this with my kids too some day 🙂

  6. I always love a Riordan and I love his diversity and writing style – light and easy and yet longer and deeper than you might initially think.

    Love your reviews guys and can’t wait to read more as you go through the series!

    1. Exactly! I love your description of Rick Riordan’s writing style, it’s so spot on!

  7. I really should stop procrastinating as well and read the Percy Jackson books to read this one. Great Review, made me want to read the book!

    1. Definitely highly recommend the Percy Jackson books and the Heroes of Olympus series so far 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy when you get to them!

  8. Ah, yay! So glad you’re starting this series. I think it does take a bit longer to get into but AHH JUST WAIT UNTIL MARK OF ATHENA AND HOUSE OF HADES YOU WON’T BE READY!!! Glad you enjoyed it and great review, Lindsey!!

    1. Ah I’m so happy I finally started this series too! I just finished The Son of Neptune and OMG I NEED MORE NOW! 😉

  9. I have yet to read these as well and I need to start too. This sounds so good and it makes me want to pick them up. I have a few of the first ones but someone stole… I mean borrowed them. 🙂 Soon… 🙂 Brilly review!

    1. Haha I’d definitely make sure you get them back from the person who stole… I mean borrowed them because it’s an amazing series so far 🙂

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