Review: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

By First Mate Keira

Title: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book One)
Author: Rick Riordan
Narrator: Joshua Swanson
Format: Audio Book
CD/Minute Count: 14 CDs (Approximately 16 Hours, 48 Minutes)
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-14

Summary: “Who am I?” is the question on Jason’s mind when he wakes up on a bus heading out for a field trip to the Grand Canyon. He can’t remember who he is or why he’s on the bus or even the two people next to him claiming to be his girlfriend and best friend. What’s going on! The second fight between the gods of Olympus and the Titans, that’s what. Now how is Jason going to survive when he doesn’t know how?

Why I started this book:

Because I read the Percy Jackson series and wanted to start Rick’s spin off series!


  • You can’t afford not to listen to the audiobook because Joshua Swanson is amazing. Amazing! He has such a range in voices and they’re all different. He doesn’t mess up any of them once they’re introduced. He’s very skilled and I think he’s on par with Jim Dale. I hope he does the other books in the Heroes of Olympus!
  • I really liked the set up of introducing the Roman aspect of the Greek gods and what this means for Camp Half Blood. I’m pretty excited to see both groups meet each other on a larger scale in the next book (Son of Poseidon).
  • The three main characters – Jason, Piper, and Leo are all great. Together they are 3 of the 7 heroes needed to win against the Titans in the new war. My guess is that Annabelle and Percy are 2 more and maybe Grover being another. That leaves one to figure out… I wonder who it is? Unless it’s Percy’s half-brother. That would make sense if Riordan is connecting the two series at the hip with the main characters.
  • SPOILER ALERT: Bwuahahahaha, Percy doesn’t know who he is either!


  • I figured out pretty early on that Jason was a Roman halfblood hero and couldn’t understand why with all the constant clues and anvil size hints that the trio didn’t get to that conclusion sooner. It’s probably the only thing that bugs me about Riordan’s writing – the obvious conclusion is present and yet no main character gets it – like what happened in the Lightning Thief with Medusa.

Last Minute Thoughts: Lost Hero – Boy is it a doozy! This series is going to put the Percy Jackson series to shame if they continue on like Lost Hero. Riordan is definitely improving as an author.

Buy: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1, Print), The Lost Hero (Audiobook),

Narrator Rating: 5 Treasure Chests

Audio Preview: Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Preview – Right click, save as.

Book Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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  1. Ben Slater

    The book itself is incredible. I love how Riordan uses multiple-perspectives throughout the story. It was incredible.

    As for the AUDIOBOOK format, I would have to recommend skipping it. The narrator of Lost Hero audiobook simply does not compare to that of the previous Percy Jackson series. This narrator sounds like a robot and is too distracting from the actual text.

    Whether stereotype or not, the voice of the Leo, described in the book as a “Latino” boy of about 12 years old, sounds like Cheech Marin. Very sad, considering that Riordan lives in San Antonio and likely knows how a young Latino boy actually sounds. I can only guess he had no say in selecting the narrator.

    My vote–skip this audio and stick with the paper.

  2. Is it necessary to read the Percy Jackson series before starting The Lost Hero?

    • I think you’d get more enjoyment, and it is a parallel series, but overall Rick Riordan does a good job at starting fresh. This series is showing the Roman side of the Greek myths.

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