Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian
This is the first of The Heroes of Olympus series. It features Jason, Piper, and Leo, three new additions to Camp-Half Blood. Don’t worry, Percy appears in the next book!
When Jason awakens on the school bus next to his girlfriend Piper and best friend Leo, he has lost his memories. On their school trip to the Grand Canyon, the trio is attacked by a Venti (a storm spirit) and Jason finds his gold coin turns into a sword. Using his newfound weapon to fight off the Venti, their coach, Hedge, reveals that he is a satyr and is taken away by the storm spirits. Annabeth Chase, who we may remember from Percy Jackson and the Olympians or Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, arrives in a chariot seeking Percy, after being informed by Hera to find the one who lost the shoe. While Percy is not around, Jason did happen to lose his shoe in the midst of the fight.
When they arrive at Camp Half-Blood, Leo and Piper are almost immediately claimed by their God parents (Hephaestus and Aphrodite), and Jason soon learns he is the son of Jupiter (Roman name for Zeus, and the use of Greek versus Roman names comes into play later). Although Jason is the son of Jupiter, Hera claims he is her champion. Thalia is revealed to Jason as a sister (through Zeus) who has joined the Hunters of Artemis (it was fun hearing about Thalia again). Like Percy, Jason, Piper, and Leo are given a quest: rescue Hera. Their main means of transportation is a great mechanical dragon that the Hephaestus kids built many years prior.
It is soon discovered that their enemies are working for Gaea, who is planning on overthrowing the gods. With some minor setbacks from Aeolus (wind God) and some giants, the trio meets Thalia at a place called the Wolf House, the last place Thalia had seen Jason before he lost his memories, and also the place where Hera is supposed to be. Unfortunately, Hera’s freedom costs the resurrection of the giant Porphyrion, who escapes Hera and the trio by going deep into the earth. This will probably be important in the books to come!
When the heroes return to Camp Half-Blood, Jason’s memories begin to return. He is actually from Camp Jupiter, a Roman camp on the other side of the country, and Hera has switched him with someone important from Camp Half-Blood: Percy Jackson! Hera’s aim is for the camps to become allies, rather than enemies, so that the heroes can save the Gods from Gaea.
While this book sounds pretty darn exciting, I found that it was actually rather slow-paced compared to Riordan’s other series’. Son of Neptune, the second book in the series, is already far more interesting than this book, but that is because the Percy we have grown attached to as readers from the original series is the prominent character, with some new additions of course. The Lost Hero was a good foundational piece and huge set-up for the rest of the series, so even though it was a bit slow-going, it is worth the read the get to know the new characters and the situation that has landed Percy elsewhere.