Review: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

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Title: The Demigod Diaries
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: August 14th 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone, but this book is a companion to the Heroes of Olympus Series.
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

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What dangers do runaway
demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn’t take kindly to intruders?

How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion…all in one hour or less?

With his trademark wit and
creativity, Rick Riordan answers
these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.

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After the The Demigod Files, a companion to the best-selling series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, took us to the inside world of demigods. Here comes another great book that would surely love by every avid fans of the series out there. If you’ve totally read the first series and reading the next one, I know that there are still some questions on your mind that remained unanswered. And I think this one did a great job to get all those things out of our minds that will give answers to our bucket of questions. And in my opinion, I think Rick really assured that this would appeal to the readers because he included the stuff that what most fans really wanted to see. Yes, there is Percabeth celebrating their first monthsary but with a little twist (yeah, that includes helping another god), the diary of Luke’s early life which I think everyone is curious about and of course our dude, Leo Valdez! Who doesn’t like that guy?

Okay. There are still few games included in this book that as easy as before, an interview with Hermes’s snakes, and also a debut story from Rick Riordan’s son, Haley, entitled Son of Magic that will let us know what happened to the demigods who fought in Krono’s army, how the mist works, and why monsters can smell demigods. Those are just some of our questions waiting to be unveiled in this book. And I’m assuring you this gonna be a fun read.

Yes, at last! We got a chance to see a small part of Luke Castellan’s early life, in his own perspective, with Thalia the way how they struggled to keep themselves alive after running away from their own families. And also how they met such a promising little girl who shared with the same fate named, Annabeth. The short story allows us to see the hardships Luke endured in his life, how he lost his faith to the gods and why he started hating them even his godly father Hermes. But the story focuses more on the day they met Halycon Green, a son of Apollo, and how they managed to escape from his house.

Seeing one of Luke’s adventures is great, because I really wanted to know what happenend to him in his own point of view. And I think despite of his wrong deeds, we still like this guy. And as to the other stories, they are still the same as before, like fighting with the most dangerous monsters and managed to keep themselves alive. Since this is a special book like the first one, I really wish to see the heroes in a normal day, I mean a day with NO quest, fighting monsters, or doing another favor from a god. I know I’m not the only one who wants the same thing. Because sometimes it gets tiring, seeing them doing the same thing all over again. Isn’t that good to see Percabeth enjoying their date without a quest to think about? Or the other demigods to do their own stuff without worrying about how to kill an annoying earth goddess? That would be really great even in just a day.

And about the debut story of Haley, considering his age at 16, at that moment of writing this book, it is good that he was abled to explain some things to us despite of some flaws and gave us another a new demigod to love. All in all, this is good.

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