Parents' Guide to

The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Percy is back! And on a quest with Roman demigods.

Book Rick Riordan Fantasy 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 11+

Percy returns for incredible sequel; some violence, language

CSM GUIDE: Violence 3/5 Romance 2/5 DDS 1/5 Language 3/5. Language: Infrequent swearing includes "bastards," "hell," "goddamn," "a-hole," "son of a bitch," "jackasses," "dammit," "s--t," "crappy," "piss," and "bulls--t." "Gods!" used as an exclamation. Brief middle-finger gesture.
age 11+

Greek Mythology

Imagine this, a book with the most interesting mythology ever, by the author that has 3 national awards! The book: Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune is worth your while reading, because the theme is very strong, but most importantly the character development is very complex. All the characters in the book have complexity that is different for each one of them which makes it way more dramatic. Something that was interesting was that every chapter they would switch the character perspectives. One significant theme is that trust is gained through time, this is shown at the beginning and the end. At first the three friends didn’t trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets, but in the end they trusted each other. Because all the characters in the book have complexity that is different for each one of them, it makes it way more dramatic. You should read the one and only book Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune for all the amazing things, for example character development, and the inspiring theme. So what are you waiting for!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (48):

Readers meet two new heroes here, Hazel and Frank; they're not as lively and fun as Leo and Piper from the first book, but they're even bigger underdogs who really come into their own.

With the introduction of Jason in the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, fans of Camp Half-Blood got hints that somewhere, there was another special place for heroes. It's fun to see the differences between the Greek and Roman camps, their war games, and their ways of making predictions about the future (all those poor stuffed animals!). And Frank's big mystery gift is pretty cool.

There are some slow moments during the heroes' travels to Alaska and a few too many detailed flashbacks, but Riordan makes up for it in the final rush for Percy and friends to save the day.

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