Monday, March 7, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Lost Hero

Happy MMGM. My pick this week:

The Lost Hero (Heros of Olympus Series #1) by Rick Riordan
published October 2010

Pre-req reading: The Percy Jackson Series
Upcoming sequeal: The Son of Neptune releases Oct 2011

The Hook: A new brat pack of heros, Jason, Piper and Leo are sent on a quest to save Hera and stop the awakening of a new bigger-(& older)-than-titans threat.

Why I loved it: Action and tension. Riordan is a master when it comes to page turning adventure. In true Riordan fashion, buckle up for a ride that starts in chapter one. He does rely on the reader knowing the half-blood lingo and all of Percy's friends. So you may want to read the whole Percy Jackson series before you start this one. Riordan's bi-polar Greek/Roman Gods twist is fun and a bit tricky to keep straight. But he sets up the new series nicely, and I'm sure we'll see Percy as a major character in the next book. Son of Neptune (wink). This is a great adventure for boys (and girls will love it too).

Want more? See a video interview of Riordan. Or read an interview and FAQ on his website.

Other MMGMers:


  1. We loved the Percy Jackson series but didn't like The Red Pyramid as much. I keep hearing good things about this book, though. Thanks for the review.

  2. My son adored the Percy Jackson books (he is a huge mythology fan, and in high school has been taking classes in both Greek and Latin), but he was on the wrong end of the age spectrum for this series. I guess I'll have to get them for myself rather than borrowing (he would say 'stealing') his.

  3. Ahhhh, I've been wanting to read this ever since it came out. I adore all of the Percy Jackson books. So much action and humor. Nice review, Brooke, and thanks for the link! I've just posted my own MMGM and linked to yours.

  4. I loved this one and all of the Percy Jackson series. Have you read The Maze of Bones? Thanks for the review and the link!