Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries

Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre:  Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: August 14th, 2012

If you're a fan of the Heroes of the Olympus you'll love this book. It's great, fun and entertaining. It's written in the classic Riordan style with witty jokes here and there. But I guess I must be growing a bit too old for this series since I no longer found them as funny as I used to. The Demigod Diaries is written around 3 main short stories; The Diary of Luke Castellan, Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes, Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford as well as the short story penned by Riordan's son, The Son of Magic.

The Diary of Luke Castellan takes place during the time Thalia and Luke were still living on their own, prior to meeting up with Annabelle. They get into a scrape when they follow a holy goat into an  abandoned house and become trapped there with a bunch of nasty leucrota, which by the way have got to be the weirdest monsters yet. The Diary tells how Thalia got her Aegis shield chains, and how Luke and Thalia met up with Annabelle after learning about their destiny.

Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes takes place shortly after the events in the last Percy Jackson book but before he disappeared. Hermes, God of Thieves, somehow managed to lose his staff to a thieving giant and now wants Percy to get it back. The thing is, it's Percy's one month anniversary as Annabeth's boyfriend and she's not too pleased about it (or the fact that he forgot/wasn't aware that he had to do something special, girls!)

The third short story by Rick Riordan is called Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford. It's about a runaway magic table that has the components that make up the Argo II (the magic flying ship from Son of Neptune This one takes place after the events in the Lost Hero. During the search they come across some nasty party animals; the Maenads.

The Son of Magic is written by Haley Riordan. In my opinion he's got a great style and I found his take on the Percy Jackson universe to be unique and very interesting. It's got a darker, more serious kind of atmosphere, but suitably so considering what the story is about. In fact, I'd say his story is the best in the entire book. I found Rick's stories to be a bit annoying to read but Haley's story balances them out. I can't wait to see what else he ends up writing in the future. That kid has genuine talent!

However, I didn't really feel like this was his greatest possible work since the humor fell flat on me for the most part. With the exception of his son's story, the rest of the compilation didn't really stand out and wow me. So aside from the excellent The Son of Magic, the rest of stories combined would only give it an average score of 4/10 or 2 stars.

Overall scores:
Rick Riordan: 2 Stars
Haley Riordan: 4 Stars