The Lost Hero is a 2010 fantasy adventure novel written by American author Rick Riordan, based on Greek and Roman mythology. Olympians series and followed by The Son of Neptune. It is the first book in the Percy Jackson universe to use third-person, switching between the points of the lost hero read online pdf of Jason, Piper, and Leo.
Noble Best Book of 2010 and landed on five bestseller lists, not including charts in the United Kingdom. After realizing how many Greek and Roman myths he had left untouched as well the immense success of the original series, Riordan began writing a second series, using inspiration for his storyline from experiences that he and his children had while playing video and role-playing games such as World of Warcraft and Scion. After creating the storyline, Riordan created three new main characters—Jason, Piper, and Leo—but continued to use the previous main characters such as Annabeth and Grover as secondary characters. Olympians series which uses first-person narration solely from Percy’s point of view, the second series is told in third-person, with the point of view alternating between various main characters.
In The Lost Hero, those characters are Jason, Piper, and Leo. Although initially uncertain how fans would react, Riordan later found that they enjoyed the new format, as it allowed them to learn more about each character. The novel begins on December 17, 2009, several months after the events of The Last Olympian, which concluded in August. This allowed continuity with the first series, so previous characters could be included and readers would not be confused.
Riordan says that “it was my way of letting them revisit that world in a fresh twist, but also to catch up with Percy and Annabeth and the rest of the gang from the first series”. He also decided to include the Roman gods after many readers requested that Riordan write a new series on Roman gods, who are the Roman equivalent of the Greek gods, with some minor changes in personality. He pondered on how the Roman aspect of the gods would be after moving from Greece to Rome to America. After a while, “playing with that idea gave me the idea for the new series”.
The novel was first released in the United States on October 12, 2010: the hardcover had a 2. 5 million copy first printing, and audiobook and e-book formats were also released.
Riordan has stated that he intends to finish a new book in the series every year, completing it in 2014. Before The Lost Hero was released, Disney-Hyperion released several sneak peeks in an effort to build up publicity for the books release.
This included releasing a preview of the first two chapters of the book as well as releasing the book cover. Along with the excerpt, Disney-Hyperion released information about the series and characters, a book trailer, and an event kit.
The party began at 4 pm with over 800 visitors including Riordan himself. The party featured food, races, and rock climbing. Afterward, over 10,000 joined Riordan on an online webchat where he read the first two chapters and answered questions from the fans. He then signed one copy of the book and announced “that seven ‘lucky demigods’ will be selected in a sweepstakes to attend an exclusive one-week session at Camp Half-Blood at Bookpeople in July 2011”.
Jason Grace awakens on a school bus, unable to remember who or where he is, or anything about his past. In the ensuing fight, Jason surprises everyone including himself, when his gold coin turns into a sword, which he uses to battle the storm spirit. During the fight, Coach Hedge reveals himself as a satyr and is captured by the spirits as they flee. Soon after the fight, a flying chariot with two demigods appears in order to save the three, but the girl in it, Annabeth Chase, is upset when she discovers that her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, who mysteriously disappeared, is not there as she expected.
Annabeth, seeking Percy, was told in a vision from the goddess Hera to look for the “boy with one shoe”, who turns out to be Jason, who lost his shoe during the storm spirit attack. Jason, Piper, and Leo are told that they are demigods and are taken back to Camp Half-Blood where they meet other Greek demigod children like themselves. There, Leo is revealed as a son of Hephaestus, Piper as a daughter of Aphrodite and Jason as a son of Jupiter, though Hera tells him he is her champion. Meanwhile, Jason finds out about his sister Thalia Grace, a demigod daughter of Zeus and a Hunter of Artemis.
Shortly thereafter, the three are given a quest to rescue Hera from danger. After encountering Boreas, Piper, Jason, and Leo soon discover that their enemies are working under orders from Gaea, the Greek primordial goddess of the Earth, to overthrow the gods. Throughout their journey, they run into three Cyclopes, Medea, Midas, and Lycaon and eventually manage to save Coach Hedge. Thalia and Jason meet each other for the first time since Jason was captured by Hera when he was an infant.