Monday, October 06, 2014

Book Review: Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

Demigod Diaries Discussion
Title: Demigod Diaries
Series: Heroes of Olympus, Short Stories and more.
The Diary of Luke Castellan
Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes
Interview with George and Martha
Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford
Son of Magic (by Haley Riordan)
Author: Rick Riordan and one story by Haley Riordan (Rick Riordan’s son)
12959086Hardcover, 242 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
This book is for the Percy Jackson fans who aren’t satisfied waiting for the next novel.  For the fans that want more perspectives, more characters, more adventures, and more demigods. If you are demigod-crazy, I highly suggest this book.

The Diary of Luke Castellan.
The Diary of Luke Castellan takes place many years ago before Luke, Thalia, and Annabeth made their way to Camp Half-Blood.  It even takes place before Luke and Thalia found Annabeth.

For years, before finding Camp Half-Blood, Luke and Thalia were on their own fighting monsters and trying to hide out from child protective services.  One day Luke and Thalia see a godly sheep, Amaltheia.  Thalia is certain that Amaltheia will lead them to something good, because it appeared to her the day she found Luke.  Unfortunately, the sheep leads them into an enchanted house; the duo is now trapped in the house.  Upstairs Thalia and Luke find Halcyon Green and Leucrotae, a voice mimicking monster; they learn that in a few short hours they will become the monster’s dinner.

How will they escape? You have to read The Diary of Luke Castellan to find out.

Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes.
As Percy and Annabeth are trying to enjoy their one month anniversary they are interrupted by Hermes.  Hermes tells Percy that his caduceus has been stole and that Percy most find it and return, so that the other gods wouldn’t make fun of Hermes. Now, Percy and Annabeth must go to NYC’s meat packing district and confront the Giant Cacus and return Hermes’s caduceus before 5pm.

Will they be able to recover Hermes’s stolen caduceus? Find out in Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes.

Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford.
Leo must find Buford, the moody end table, because in Buford’s drawers are the two syncopators.  The syncopators are necessary to stop the mixing of  fluids that threaten to blow up the woods of Camp Half-blood in exactly one hour… fifty-nine minutes… fifty-eight minutes.  As Leo, Piper, and Jason begin searching for Buford they come across some mystical girls dancing in the woods.  The trio realizes that the girls are actually Maenads, a group of crazed Dionysus followers whom rip anyone who isn’t Dionysus to shreds.

Will the trio escape the Maenids in time to find Buford, and safe Camp Half-blood? It’s all in Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford.

Son of Magic by Haley Riordan

Dr. Claymore is an expert on death and the afterlife.  He has spent his entire life researching death, writing books about death, and giving seminars about it.  Little does he know one speaking engagement will change everything he knows about death and about the living world.

During one of Dr. Claymore’s seminars about death, a young boy asks him the question, "Why can't we stop Death?”  The question and the boy unnerve him, and not matter what Dr. Claymore does, he can’t get the boy, Alabaster, out of his mind.  First the host of his speaking engagement calls to question him about the boy, and then he has a strange dream involving the boy.  The next morning a bewilder Dr. Claymore goes to his favorite coffee shop to work on his next book; there he learns the truth about demigods, titans, monsters, and the Mist. 

Dr. Claymore’s knowledge of the Death has made him a target; will he survive?  Will he succeed in keeping Alabaster safe?  The only way to know is by reading Son of Magic.

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