Letter Essay #3: The Son of Neptune


Recently, I finish reading the book The son of Neptune, a 521 page fiction book by Rick Riordan author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and new York time best-selling author. The Son of Neptune is a 2011 fantasy adventure novel written by American author Rick Riordan, based on Greek and Roman mythology. It is the second book in The Heroes of Olympus series, preceded by The Lost Hero and followed by The Mark of Athena. Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. For fifteen years, Rick Riordan taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. The Son of Neptune is an amazing book in my opinion, if this book ever put in front of me I will one hundred percent read it again.

Percy Jackson is stranded in the middle of nowhere with out any memories. Percy Jackson wants to regain his memories but he doesn’t have a clue how to do that so Percy Jackson  goes to a near by camp for help. Percy later finds out that he may regain his memories by learning to become a hero again and completing the challenges at camp. Percy Jackson with no memories of anyone and anything he’s ever did, goes along helping others and getting his memories back.

I was surprised when Percy in the start of the book was randomly being chased by two gorgons because it made no sense to me, but i also thought that it was very interesting.

Finally, I was interested in this passage, Percy Jackson is fighting and Rick writes “Part of their problem was Percy. He fought like a demon, whirling through the defender’s ranks in a completely unorthodox style, rolling under their feet, slashing with his sword instead of stabbing like a Roman would, whacking campers with the flat of his blade, and generally causing mass panic.” (p. 261) I thought this passage was very interesting because of percy jackson actions in the books before this one. I think because of how the passage describe the way percy jackson fights, percy almost always goes in with a plan or a strategy and he doesn’t fight like that. This show me that percy is not doing the best on his trials.

What i loved about this book is that it made me really think about the characters and how the story works with all of the complex components within the book. I rate this book a 9 out of 10. I’m looking forward to read this book again.


Sincerely, Thomas D’Amaro

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1 thought on “Letter Essay #3: The Son of Neptune

  1. Dear Thomas,

    Thanks for sharing your letter essay with me! It was really good! I especially liked how you related the actions of Percy Jackson to his previous actions and made a conclusion on how he changed. This is definitly a really important skill to have as a reader. One thing that you could try to do in your writing more is expanding on your thinking. From what I can see here, you have all the ideas but you just need to make them bigger and explain them. Overall, your letter essay was very good and I’m glad that I read it!



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