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Lester Papadopoulos !!!
Reviewed in India on 9 October 2020
First Impression- Just finished the book. Waited so long for this. Bit disappointed at the beginning but the final few chapters make up for it.
Characters- Let me tell you 'Lester Papadopoulos' was never my choice for favorite hero but right after I finished this book, I realized he's up there with the others -- Percy, Nico, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Leo, Frank, Hazel, Reyna, Thalia, Rachel, Luke, Will .. I'm going to miss them all. The final two books was more centered around Lester, his emotions, his struggles and his relation with others. Yes, Nico was allowed some lime light (given the fanbase he owns). I was a bit disappointed that Meg was sort of the first runner up to Lester. She lacked any major say in the final stand. Rachel had a decisive part as the Pythia. Will is also involved quite a bit. I loved all the dad son interactions b/w Apollo and Austin. Even Arrow of Dodona had a part to play. I didn't like Lu much. I thought she lacked conviction, a perfect backstory like the one we got for Zoe nightshade might have made her hero image convincing.
Plot- I'm not going to give away spoilers. The first few chapters dragged on. There were few repetitive boring iterations of how messed up Lester used to be (I happily skipped). We had enough of that rubbish ! Lester was a dummy but he had earned my respect ever since the tyrant's tomb. Apollo's encounter with Python is a bit underwhelming. I enjoyed all the funny parts in the Apollo-Nero encounter in the throne room. What I really enjoyed was how Riordan wrapped up story of all the 7 demigods from heroes of Olympus (even Jason makes an appearance).
Overall- Its a book worth reading if you want to feel at peace after 10 years of Percy Jackson. You'll feel like you've grown up just like Lester. However, I think tyrant's tomb is still my favorite in this series.(except perhaps the last few chapters)
Future-I guess we'll get to see Nico and Will in their journey to Tartarus. I was so glad when I read they're talking about rescuing BOB(in other words 'Iapetus'). Perhaps Bob will get to tell the stars Hi after all. I'm sure rick is done with all the others characters, we may get few cameos from our favorite heroes, other than that he wraps up their stories in this book. Besides there were some hints on a collaboration b/w diff Rick Riordan universes and some mentioning of Celtic Gods.
We'll see what he has in store for us. Already excited !!