After battling her and capturing the ventus, the three seek out Aeolus. Before they can reach Aeolus, Festus is struck by lasers and wounded. Leo saves the dragon's head and puts it in his backpack. They then defeat King Midas, but Piper is turned into gold. Coach Hedge is able to revive Piper, but she suffers from hypothermia from the experience.
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As they give Piper time to heal, they encounter Lycaon, the first werewolf. Lycaon became a werewolf as a punishment for serving Zeus human flesh for dinner. Lycaon and the wolves that serve him have promised to deliver Jason to one of their friends so she can kill him. Leo, Piper and Hedge will then be food for the wolves. The friends try to defend themselves, but it is only the intervention of the Hunters of Artemis that saves them. Jason is introduced to Thalia, his sister. Thalia explains that when Jason was 2, their mother gave him to Hera.
Thalia grew up believing Hera had killed Jason out of jealousy for Zeus' affair. Thalia guides Jason and his friends to Aeolus' palace near Pike's Peak. The only way to reach the peak is to cross a fragile bridge. As Leo crosses, he begins to ponder why the god of the wind needs a bridge. Thalia explains that it's for times like this when mortals may need to meet with him. Leo gets excited, as he remembers that Hera called Jason a bridge.
Leo figures that Jason will be instrumental in somehow joining two different worlds together. His excitement causes his body to overheat and start melting the bridge. Jason and Leo manage to cross, but Thalia must return to the other side. She promises to meet Jason on the solstice in order to free Hera. Thalia tells Jason that he will remember the meeting place when the time is right. At first willing to help them in their quest, Aeolus warns the demigods that Piper's father is being held captive at Mount Diablo near San Francisco.
He then receives a message from another god that tells him he must kill Jason and the others. Aeolus doesn't name her, but says that this god's orders must be obeyed. He calls his wind spirits to destroy the platform on which Jason and his friends are standing. One of Aeolus' servants, Mellie, helps them to escape before they fall to their deaths. Piper's mother, Aphrodite, speaks to her in a dream. She helps Piper realize that the reason dead mortals, such as Medea and Midas, are alive again is because mother earth, Gaea, is waking from her sleep.
If she wakes completely, she will free the giants, who will then destroy the world. Aphrodite warns that Piper will be the mediator between the two sides that Zeus has tried to keep apart. These two sides must be brought together or there will be bloodshed. When Piper wakes up, she realizes her mother has transported her and all of her friends to California. They set off to rescue Piper's father from Enceladus, one of the giants.
Piper, Jason and Leo, with a little help from Zeus, manage to trap the giant within the earth. They save Piper's father and send him back to his home. Coach Hedge offers to protect him. After basking in her father's accolades for the first time in her life, Piper gives him a potion to make him forget his ordeal. Although he'll also forget how she saved him, Piper knows her father could not live with the knowledge that gods and monsters are real.
London was a demigod, the son of Hermes. The home was built on sacred ground. When they arrive, Thalia and the Hunters of Artemis are battling with various ogres, wind spirits and wolves intent on keeping Piper, Leo and Jason from finding Hera.
Jason and his friends find the queen locked up in an impenetrable cage. Before Leo and Piper can work out a way to free her, Khione — daughter of Boreas, the north wind — arrives. She has been working with Gaea to destroy Jason and his friends since the beginning of their quest.
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Khione believes that killing Jason and framing the Greek demigods for his death will start a war. Jason's memories are returning, and he realizes that there are two branches of demigods, Greek and Roman. The two are kept unaware of each other because of wars in the past. While Jason, Leo and Piper attack Khione and her minions, their true enemy begins to take shape — Porphyrion, the giant king.
The weaker Hera becomes within her cage, the stronger Gaea is able to make Porphyrion. Jason distracts the giant while Piper and Leo try to free Hera. They finally succeed, and Hera turns herself into pure energy in order to defeat all their enemies. Jason doesn't heed her warning to avert his eyes and so is rendered unconscious by the sight. The others, including Hera, fear he's been killed, but Piper manages to call him back from death. Hera warns them that Porphyrion isn't dead.
He is hiding until he can be restored to his full strength. Jason and his friends return to Camp Half-Blood. Leo brings the other children of Hephaestus as well as Jason, Piper and Chiron to see the bunker he found. When questioned, Chiron admits that the place has been abandoned since the civil war between the demigods, which mirrored the mortals' Civil War.
Since then, the children of the Greek and Roman gods have been kept apart. The great prophecy suggests that in order to fight Porphyrion, demigods from both nations must come together. Leo is going to build the flying ship he'd first dreamed about as a youngster. Then he, Piper and Jason will travel to the original Mount Olympus to try and recruit the other demigods to fight on their side. Jason also recruits Annabeth to join the quest because he's certain that her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, has been transported to Mount Olympus. The entire story is based on the idea that the Greek and Roman myths are true.
These gods exist today, having changed overtime to adapt to the modern world. The children they conceive when they have affairs with humans become demigods. Their enemies — Cyclopes and ventus — try to kill them. The gods made an agreement to "claim" their mortal children by the age of 13 so that they can be trained to defend themselves at Camp Half-Blood.
If a monster is destroyed, it is sent to Tartarus, a huge abyss in the Underworld. After an undetermined length of time, the monsters can reform and return. Satyrs have no soul but can be reincarnated as trees or other natural things. The winter solstice is believed to be the time of greatest darkness.
Evil is more powerful at that time. Ancient magic can stir. Piper can charm speak , which means she can use her mind to persuade people to do what she wants. Many of the children of Aphrodite have this power. Medea also has this ability because she is a sorceress. Leo's tool belt is magic.
When he needs an item, it materializes from nothing. Hephaestus tells Leo that Gaea and Ouranus, gods of earth and sky, created everything. Leo, as the son of Hephaestus, is impervious to fire and can summon it in his hands. Jason, as the son of Jupiter, is able to control the weather.
He prays to Jupiter for help in defeating Enceladus. Many ancient myths are recalled throughout the book as if they were historical fact. Piper's father is of Cherokee decent, and they often talk of her grandfather's beliefs in a Ghost Country and animal spirits. Leo's mother died when he was 8, but he remembers her love and encouragement. It gives him strength. Jason has no memory of his parents or past and wants to discover who he is.
They were beautiful people with perfect flaws. Jason was bland and Piper was just plain annoying. Her monologue consisted of " I am Cherokee, poor me!
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Thalia was Jason's sister. This was something that irked me. The relationship seemed very forced and fake and Thalia was again very out of character. The book was done in third-person. Seriously Rick, you can do better than this. However, there were some things that I liked, including He's this sidekick who provides the comic relief which Jason and Piper lack.
He's also the most realistic person in the book. The whole Roman Mythology thing was pretty cool, once it was mixed with the Greek Mythology, it became even cooler. Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars, based on 0 reviews. Verified purchaser. It is a great book.
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