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The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero
by Rick Riordan

Author: Rick Riordan

This book is set in America and is written by Rick Riordan, who mostly bases his fictional writing on myths. I really like his style of writing as it contains clever puns to make you laugh and great build-ups to bring out tension in the scenes.

It starts with the story from the point of view of Jason (a teenage boy). However Jason seems to have lost his entire memory as he has no idea where he is or who he is. He wakes up to find himself travelling on a coach in the middle of a school trip from an unknown school.

He encounters Leo, another boy from the school with black, curly hair and a cheeky personality, as well as Piper, a girl who thinks Jason is her boyfriend but it turns out later the memories are false. In the midst of the school trip, "some storm spirits" appear and almost manage to kill Piper and Jason. However their P.E teacher turns out to be a satyr in disguise and manages to save the pair, though sadly ends up getting captured in the scuffle.

Piper, Leo and Jason are then approached by some members of a camp named "Camp Half-Blood." On arrival, they learn that they are actually the children of Greek Gods and Goddesses! The camp's duty is to take in certain boys and girls and teach them how to survive quests and battle monsters that are actually living amongst us but are obscured by the "mist" that prevents ordinary people from seeing them.

Their world is never safe though and soon the three must embark on a quest to try and recover Jason's memory, while also having to free Hera who has been taken prisoner by an ancient force of evil that is stirring...

I like how Rick Riordan creates interesting characters and how they interact with each other. There is a scene in the book in which the campers are obliged to discuss how best to solve the prophecy revealed in Chapter 10. The campers are arguing about what this new piece of information will mean for their world:

"Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, to storm or fire the world must fall."

These children are known as "half-bloods" because they are half Greek God and half mortal.

I also love Piper's surprise at which cabin she is put in; her first reaction is horror, which the reader may interpret as rather funny.

This both thrilling and humorous novel tells tales of the ancient Greeks, while allowing the reader to enjoy the adventures of Piper, Leo and Jason. I would recommend this book to girls and boys aged 9-15, or for people who would like to look at these historical myths from a new perspective.

Mia Nathan (13)