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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.

Book Rick Riordan Fantasy 2010
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 13+

I guess it depends on what you consider bad language.

My kids were disappointed at the use of the Lord's name in vain throughout the book and have decided not to continue the series. Most people don't even think twice about that word any more, so it probably goes unnoticed by most who read this book, but my kids picked it out really quickly. (I'm not referring to the references of Gods, Goddess's and demigods, but the expression of OMG in one form or another.)
age 9+
I read this when I was like 14 and I got bored with it. However, I do remember a lot of life and death type stuff, more so than the Percy Jackson Series. My nine year old sister is just finishing the Percy Jackson books and now she thinks she needs to read these. She's excited because its more demigod stuff omg. But I'm not sure she should read these, most reviews seem to say they were meant for middle schoolers. I would read some summaries before deciding if your child should have this 500+ page book in their head.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (138 ):

The story set-up isn't terribly smooth, and this is a denser read than the first few Percy Jackson books, but once the action heats up, that's easily forgotten.

It definitely helps to read the Percy Jackson series first. This spin-off uses the same camp that trains heroes and churns out three more intriguing demigods. Whether they're as likable as Annabeth and Percy is still up in the air, but it's a promising start.

Always a draw with Riordan's books is his sense of humor and ingenious mix of myth and modern. Aeolus makes a compelling argument for why meteorologists are wrong so often, and Medea makes for a divine charmspeaking saleswoman (ready to talk you into buying a wide variety of poisonous potions, right this way). This sense of fun and adventure makes every one of Riordan's books a quest worth undertaking.

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