My Review: Welcome to a world where the Greek gods and goddesses rule from the Empire State Building, monsters really do exist, and heroes (teenagers mostly, though there are some younger, that are half human-half god/goddess) go on dangerous quests as part of their summer fun.
Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?
Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.
The Lost Hero essentially picks up where The Last Olympian left off: with a great prophesy. The heroes from the Percy Jackson series are still there (well, Percy is missing...), but Riordan presents new heroes that must go on a new quest for Olympus. There's a bit of a twist, however. As with ancient mythology, where the gods and goddesses of Greece were incorporated into the Roman pantheon, we discover that deities continue to maintain their various manifestations as both Greek and Roman. This, of course, means there has to be another Camp Half-Blood...I fell in love with Camp Half-Blood when I read Riordan's Percy Jackson series. So, when I found out that I could return to this awesome summer camp in the Heroes of Olympus series I was very excited. My excitement was rewarded as I read The Lost Hero. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the way Riordan wove the Greek myths into the Percy Jackson series, and I continued to be fascinated as he brought the Roman myths into this new series. This book is action-packed and filled with fun. I recommend this book for anyone who loves mythology, adventure, or just like to read an books with interesting twists. My only regret about the Heroes of Olympus: I have to wait until next fall to read book two...