The Heroes of Olympus is effectively a sequel series to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, but it mostly just came off as another Harry Potter rip off, but with Greek mythology instead of magic and wizardry. What’s more, it often seemed to just be retelling a lot of the old myths with different characters, rather than adding to the preexisting story.
This new series doesn’t come off that way to me. Maybe it’s just that I don’t know enough Greek and Roman mythology (in this case, it takes heavily from Jason and the Argonauts, which I know nothing about), but this series actually does seem to be adding to the myths, rather than just retelling them. So far, I really like this new series a lot more than I did the previous one.
The first book (The Lost Hero) focuses on Jason (a Son of Jupiter [or Zeus]) and his friends: Leo, and Piper. Jason sort of starts that book as a badass, but Leo and Piper grow a lot through the book. So much so, in fact, that I honestly started to think that Leo was going to be the real Hero of the series.
The next book brings back Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon [or Neptune]), and teams him up with a daughter of Pluto (or Hades), and a son of Mars (or Ares). Oddly, the daughter of Pluto’s ability is to summon death metal. Not the music, but actual precious metals and stones that curse anyone who touches them. There’s more to it than just that, but I was happy that her ability didn’t turn out to be quite as dark as her brother’s from the previous series.
I could spend a lot of time nitpicking little things about these first two books, but that seems like a rather silly thing to do, considering how much I like them. They’ve been a real joy to listen to so far, and I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.