Author: Rick Riordan
Series Number: 2
Publication Date: May 30, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Where I received the book: I received a review copy from Penguin Random House NZ.
Summary: Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.
okay, so i love greek myth. i know a lot of the stories already in this book, but that didn’t change how i felt overall. i’m so glad i decided to read this book.
i was a little weary at first because although the stories are interesting, they’re often kinda boring to read. i didn’t have any issue with this collection of stories. the stories are told through percy’s narration. it’s very entertaining and complete with jokes. i can’t get over percy’s humour. honestly, i’ll never complain at riordan’s overuse of percy (i’m kidding, i probably will one day, but not for a long while).
one of my absolute favourite things about this book is that female heroes weren’t ignored! there’s quite a few chapters in this book dedicated to women. i didn’t even know them, aside from the obvious ones such as psyche. it was really cool to learn about people such as atalanta. riordan could’ve just focused on the “more important” male heroes but he didn’t, and i love him for it.
i’ve rated this book 3.5 stars because it’s so entertaining and really well written. i’m not a fan of novellas/short stories which is why i didn’t rate it much higher (it’s hard to work with world building and character development when there is none). i do recommend this book for those who don’t know anything about the greek heroes and those who already know stuff. it’s fun even if you know the story (thanks to percy and his humour.)