If there is only one series I could compare with The Harry Potter that would be Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. This could be the highest echelon of juxtaposition. Though the plots are poles apart the analogy lies in the enthralling adventure which keeps the reader on the edge. And take my word for it, if you are a fantasy geek and an adventure seeker you ought to read these series. If you haven’t read, then you haven’t lived.
Coming to the Heroes of Olympus, it is a spin off series of the Percy Jackson which does nothing less to take your expectations up a notch. Welcome back to Camp Half Blood and a world filled with magic, demigods, satyrs, centaurs, giants and mind-boggling prophecies.
Diving into the plot, Jason wakes up on the back of a bus with no memory of who he is and where he is headed. Leo and Piper, his seemingly best friend and girlfriend give him a crash course to help him reminisce about their beatific times but soon they realize their memories are altered. Three demigods embark on a precarious journey to meet their destiny and soon the truth dawns on them that there is lot more at stake than their own lives. On the other hand, Percy Jackson goes missing around the same time Jason appears at Camp Half Blood (Place where demigods are trained). Though it seems petite it should suffice to get into the series because the course of action the plot takes from here is quite gripping. As the story goes by and the fog gets cleared there are revelations leading to more mystery, vying with ground breaking adventure.
When the Greek world clashes with the Roman side, the amalgam stirs up quite an unprecedented war and that is where Heroes of Olympus sets in. Adventure bumps into adrenaline in this concoction of fun where each chapter engenders goosebumps and sweeps you right off your feet. By this point it should come as no surprise that each of Rick Riordan’s books end in a cliff hanger and it does everything in its power to leave readers on the edge if they don’t get their hands on the sequel. I guess that is his blatant rite of passage.
The roller coaster of emotions he elicits through his writing covers it all up. There is engrossing mystery swamped with adventure, humor, action and teeny romance. His flair at changing the course of action is indeed quite remarkable because one moment I was at my wits end and next moment bam! I was laughing boisterously. I wonder if his brain exudes adventure like plants giving out oxygen as Rick Riordan always brings something new to the table. Living in the imagination of his prolific writing is quite blissful. And believe me, it is worth the read.