This one was actually kind of epic. When I first started the book, I was thinking: "YAY PERCY!" And also: "YAY Roman Camp!" I loved getting to know this new environment. It was close to my heart, because the history of the Roman Empire is kind of a hobby of mine, among many others. I've also been to Rome, and while there I tried to imagine how it would have all looked whole. Imagining myself in New Rome was great.
I also have to note that most of this book I listened to as an audiobook while running Xmas errands. I was so keen on the story, I had to put it on my phone and listen to it while walking around. The audiobook was quite good, but I think they said Geae wrong. Okay, I also don't like it spelled that way, Gaia is the more common spelling. Still, I have no clue why they would say Geae that way. Yes, this REALLY bugged me.
If the person reading this review has read the previous book, then it comes as no surprise that Percy doesn't remember who he is. In this case it is different, since we, the readers, know all about him. I found it interesting how he discovers himself. There was also a very romantic aspect of the story, which was really sweet.
Hazel is the girl this time. I found her really interesting, and I loved how her past and present unfolded at the same time. I also seem to have a soft spot for the children of ... Perhaps because I always feel sympathetic towards groups that are looked down on by others. It probably comes from my childhood, where I often felt like most of the other kids hated me, and thought of me as less than they are.
Frank is the first person of Chinese descent in the books that I can think of. If there had been others, then they made no serious impact on me. He also has a secret, and in a way a secret that is about him, but he doesn't know of. All of this was interesting to find out, and I loved how the kid who was probably the one always being shoved to the side slowly came into his own power. I also kind of loved his mum, without having actually meet her.
This story also takes the Camp-Quest-Trip pattern, with the big boss fight at the end. Still, the addition of the really interesting side stories, and the main adventure make this the most epic Rick Riordan book I've read.