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The Heroes of Olympus

The Heroes of Olympus is a fantasy book series written by Rick Riordan and based on Greek and Roman mythology. It is the sequel series to the Percy Jackson & the Olympians pentalogy. The first book, The Lost Hero, was released October 12, 2010. The second book, The Son of Neptune, was released on October 4, 2011. The third book, The Mark of Athena, is coming in August 2012. Some of the segments in the books are based on information from The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum.[1] There will be a total of five books in the series,[2] which will end in 2014.[3]

Plot

- This series, continuing with its predecessor's pattern, ultimately deals with a prophecy. Given out in

the The Last Olympian, the prophecy of The Heroes of Olympus will serve as the backbone of this series' events as the main characters try to save their world while meeting the prophecy's message. It reads: Seven half-bloods shall answer the call. To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath. And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

The Lost Hero - This book introduces Jason, a teenager who is suffering from
amnesia. Jason wakes up on a bus not remembering anything from his past, including his identity. Sitting next to him on the bus are Piper McLean and Leo Valdez, who claim to be his girlfriend and best friend, respectively. On a field trip to the Grand Canyon, a hord of Venti attack the three while their supervising teacher, Coach Gleeson Hedge, reveals himself to be a Satyr, and defends them from the Venti. Jason surprises himself by using a sword disguised as a coin to fight off the spirits and being able to withstand being struck by lightning. Coach Hedge is captured while defending them. After the storm spirits flee, two pegasi land next to them carrying two strangers: a girl named Annabeth, a daughter of Athena and a boy with a rainbow tattoo named Butch, a son of Iris. Annabeth is hostile toward Jason when they meet as she had a vision in which Hera gave her a clue concerning the whereabouts of her missing boyfriend, Percy Jackson. She was told to look for the "one with the missing shoe," but Jason, who had lost a shoe in the battle, has no memories of his own identity, let alone Percy Jackson's whereabouts. Jason, Piper and Leo are taken to Camp Half Blood and are informed that they are demigods, children conceived from a god and a mortal. Upon arriving, Leo and Piper are claimed by their godly parents, Hephaestus and Aphrodite. Jason is revealed to be a son of Zeus and to have a sister, Thalia. He remembers Thalia while seeing a picture of her in Cabin One, the cabin of Zeus' offspring. Less than a day later, the three new demigods are sent on an urgent quest to rescue Hera, the queen of the gods who was being held captive by unnamed forces. The three friends set off on the back of a giant robotic dragon, Festus, on a cross-country quest to save Hera. Their enemies are under orders from Gaea and are seeking to overthrow the Olympian gods after the defeat of her children, the Titans, in The Last Olympian. Along their way, Jason, Piper and Leo meet and confront: Boreas the North Wind; a trio of Cyclops; the evil enchantress Medea; King Midas; King Lycaon and his pack of Werewolves; and the master of the winds, Aeolus. Aeolus gives the trio an old drawing Leo had drawn which would later prove to be very handy. At the end the heroes and their friends, the Hunters of Artemis, manage to save both Piper's father, who'd been held for ransom by Enceladus and Hera, whose godly energies were being used to raise the giant Porphyrion. They temporarily stall Gaea's plans, but Porphyrion is able to escape. With part of his memory returned, Jason realizes that he is from the Roman counterpart to Camp Half-Blood that is located somewhere near San Francisco, and that Hera switched him with Percy Jackson, who is now at the Roman camp with no memory of his life at Camp Half-Blood.

The Son of Neptune - The Son of Neptune opens with Percy Jackson being
chased by two of the Gorgons. They intend to kill Percy in order to avenge the killing of their sister, Medusa. Percy, who has amnesia, does not remember anything about Medusa or killing her. He barely escapes down a hill and stumbles upon a goddess in disguise named June. June, who reveals herself to be Juno, gives him a choice: he can carry her across the highway, through the Caldecott tunnel, and across the Little Tiber river or he can retreat to the safety of the sea and live a long, happy life. She also warns him that if he chooses the former and crosses the river, he will lose the Mark of Achilles, making him feel pain, loss, and misery beyond anything he has ever known but he will slowly regain his memory. Percy chooses to carry her, and when he gets to Camp Jupiter, the camp for Roman demigods, he meets two other demigods: Hazel Levesque, a daughter of Pluto and Frank Zhang, a son of Mars. Percy saves Frank from the Gorgons by creating huge hands from the water of the Little Tiber, and then uses the current of the river to rip the monsters apart. Percy is taken into the camp. Reyna, the camp praetor, initially dislikes Percy because he had, unknowingly, ruined her home on Circe's Island resort in the Sea of Monsters years ago. He is interviewed by the camp augur, Octavian, who descends from Apollo. During the war games, Percy impresses everyone by his battle skills and instincts. Mars, the god of war, then appears and informs Frank Zhang that he is his son. Mars insists that Percy must go on the quest in order for him to learn some respect, the third person to go on the quest is up to Frank. Frank requests that Hazel also come on the quest. Percy, Frank and Hazel start off with very little supplies for their quest, but they begin their way to Alaska, the land beyond the gods. While traveling, Percy struggles to regain his memory. Hazel reveals that she had died, but that Nico di Angelo, a son of Hades,[the lord of the dead] saved her from the Fields of Asphodel, while looking for his other sister, Bianca, (she died in The Titan's Curse and chose to be reborn into a new life before Nico can find her). When they finally get to Alaska they find Thanatos in chains. His chains cannot be broken, unless melted by the fire of life, Frank's stick of life. Percy defends Frank while he melts Thanatos' chains as Hazel attacks Alcyoneus, the giant born to oppose Pluto and Hades. Frank, Hazel, and her horse, Arion, take Alcyoneus over the U.S.-Canadian border, since he may not die in the land he was born, and into Canada. Frank utilizes his family gift of turning into animals and transforms himself into an elephant and fights Alcyoneus, and Hazel kills Alcyoneus. Frank and Hazel rush back to help Percy, but Percy was standing there unharmed after falling into the sea. Percy regains his memory as they race back to Camp Jupiter. Knowing that the Camp is under attack, Percy takes charge and leads the Romans into battle with the help of his old friends, Tyson and Mrs. O'Leary. The morale of the Romans is recharged after discovering that Percy saved the golden eagle from Alcyoneus. Percy then challenges the giant, Polybotes, to a duel and calls to Terminus, the Roman border god, to help him defeat the giant. Percy eventually beats Polybotes by using the head of Terminus' statue as a weapon. The camp then named him a praetor, a leader of the Roman camp. The whole camp waits as the Argo II makes its way into the camp to begin the reunification of the demigods.

The Mark of Athena


The Mark of Athena will be released in Fall 2012