The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero

byRick Riordan

Hardcover | October 12, 2010

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Jason has a problem. He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she's his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids." What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all-including Leo-related to a god.

Rick Riordan, the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series, pumps up the action and suspense inThe Lost Hero, the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Fans of demi-gods, prophesies, and quests will be left breathless--and panting for Book Two.
Rick Riordan( is the author ofThe Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramidas well as all the books in the #1New York Timesbest-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series:The Lightning Thief;The Sea of Monsters;The Titan's Curse;The Battle of the Labyrinth; andThe Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults i...
Title:The Lost HeroFormat:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 8.62 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:October 12, 2010Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:142311339X

ISBN - 13:9781423113393

Appropriate for ages: 10


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Here's the thing. This book isn't bad. But the reason Percy was such a great hero is because he didn't just start out woopie I'm amazing and kill titans, he started out killing smaller monsters and eventually grew into the hero he was at the end of the series. Basically Percy (and Annabeth of course) have character growth that I could believe in, and I cared for and rooted for the characters. The way Jason and Piper are introduced makes it hard for me to invest in them as much as I was invested in Percy and Annabeth. They do have growth, but somehow I care about them less. In the next book I'm totally on board, and the later books do have growth for all the characters, but idk I just wasn't huge fans of Jason and Piper. Leo's pretty awesome though. Still a good book, but I respect Percy and Annabeth and their character growth/struggles wayyyyyy more. In my opinion, the first series is better than this one, especially as the numbers of characters grows and the narrative has to be spread really thinly between all of them. Didn't stop me from reading all of it though, so maybe my standards are just set too high.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book had an amazing storyline, cool characters and all you could ask for form a Rick Riordan book. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to see Percy or the other PJO characters, unless you count those few pages with Annabeth getting stressed out (no spoilers!) Leo was my favourite character in this book. His humor had me laughing out loud and his backstory had me weeping on the ground. I have already read the rest of the series so if you don't enjoy this book, as most people happen to, don't worry. I promise you it get 100% better as you get into the next books. Also, get hyped for the second book because with the cliffhanger to this one.... it's pretty intense.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Older, More Mature Demigods This reads more like a YA series starter than middle grade, considering the demigods we meet in this book are well into their teen years, but Riordan's writing is no less entertaining because of it. It's much different, reading about unfamiliar characters - and missing a familiar, green-eyed face - but it's interesting to read about these new demigods, and watch two different ancient cultures come together in a common goal. Personally, I still like the original Percy Jackson series better, but these books are also very well-written. I would expect nothing less from Riordan.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! :-) First note: Yes it is ideal to read the original series before this one, 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians'. You will have a more fun time reading this series, understanding events and jokes, and just having an overall background of the characters is always a great thing!!! Though Percy wasn't in this book, I has a great time reading this book. Don't fret, he does appear in the next books :P Leo was absolutely my favourite character. His humor had my laughing out loud!!!! defiantly recommend this book to any one who is a fan of Percy Jackosn
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great When I first got "The Lost Hero" from the library, I had no idea it was apart of the Percy Jackson universe. I hadn't read the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series before this, but I was slightly familiar with the world through the movie, so it wasn't greatly difficult to understand. But I DEFINITELY recommend reading that series before "The Heroes of Olympus". Anyway, this book captivated me from the start! The idea of Jason losing his memory highly interested me, and I initially thought there would be a mystery aspect this story... which there was. Eventually through further reading I found out that this was related to the Percy Jackson universe, and I'm not gonna lie, I was a bit disappointed, mostly because its movie was the only feature I had been exposed to, and wasn't impressed with it. Some terminology or settings were confusing which is why I couldn't give this 5 stars. Aside from that, the book was a quick read for me! I loved reading about the characters slowly finding out the truth, and it's worth a try.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK This book was not as good as the Percy Jackson series, however since it occurs in the same universe it was still worth the read. I also liked the different characters and their unique personalities. However, all of the flaws of the Percy Jackson series are accentuated in these books (the over-the-top reactions and action) that I just couldn't like it as much. Which is really too bad because I was looking forward to getting back into the fray. The rest of the series doesn't fare much better and I believe I stopped after the 3rd book or something.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rick Riordan Is The King Of Cliffhangers It took me a long time to really get into this book. Honestly, I don't think it really hooked me until the very end, because that ending - holy smokes, I did not see that coming. It was a whole new ballgame, reading about three previously unknown demigods. Really, I found this book difficult to get into because of the abrupt change in characters. It felt so odd reading about demigods without seeing the infamous Percy Jackson, but hopefully, I'll be seeing the son of Poseidon again soon. In the meantime, Jason, Piper, and Leo have begun to grow on me. I look forward to reading more of their adventures in the next book, The Son Of Neptune.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERCY IS BACK! I was so happy when it was first released in 2010, as the magic continue as we learn MORE about what happens to Percy and how the prophecy came into play. Although this book barley talks about Percy, the new demigods introduced all have really interesting and distinct personalities. I really love it!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was such an amazing book! I missed Percy but the new characters were awesome! I love Leo so much!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book Best book i ever read, really could Not put it down at all, i finished it so quicky you would think i had just flown over the pages
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Book, But a bit violent this is a book that was impressive to me. just warning you,thier is quite a bit of violence in it. I reccomend it to ages 9+. Read it.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Hero Amazing book! extremly exciting couldnt put iT dow for more than 10 seconds! im a huge fan of this series and would suggest this book or series to anyone who loves adventure humor and a little love..... Lets not foget the unfogetable character! im literally in love with Nico Di Angelo , lol
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Hero is good I love the Piper the most my mom and me read the books. I hope every one will love all the books also read Tales of the greek heros. Introduced by Rick Riodan.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I recomend you to read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians before you read this book. This book leads to an awesome series and a wonderful ending (of the book and series)
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dun dun dun The book the lost hero is a must read book it is where harry potter meets percy jakson people will be reading this book over and over again i fell in love with all the charecters i was so into the book i felt as if every thing was going on right in front of me!!!
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome This is an awesome book; if you like percy jackson then this book is for you ! once you read this you want to read more!
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost hero is amazing!!! This is one great book Rick Riordan has wrote. In this book you will meet a couple of new caraters and a great adventure!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing It was good because it had a lot of adventure and stuff like that
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost hero Most Epic BOOK EVER!!!!!!! (Except for the others in the series…) this is my fourth time through
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost hero Definitely one of my favourites from rick riordan, he's an amazing author, as you can tell by reading his works
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The lost hero Another great entry by Riordan
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good This is a pretty good book. Sort of hard to explain. If you are looking for mystery and fantasy, then this is the book for you!
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best The best book
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book Very well written and fast paced. A great read that can span all ages.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Uncle Rick, you've done it again. Even though there wasn't any Percy (*sob* *sniff sniff* *exhale*), I really enjoyed this first segment of Heroes of Olympus. I loved how we got to see and explore the whole "Roman vs. Greek" concept, and how fast-paced it was. The new trio (Jason, Piper, and Leo) was awesome! Riordan really has a talent for expressing each of the character's feelings and their back stories. I thought that since there was going to be three POVs, it would get confusing. Boy, was I wrong. It was definitely different. But a good different.  I also may or may not have freaked out when we were reunited with old friends from the PJO series.  Can't wait to read on!
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost hero This must be the best book ever
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost hero Good story, cant stop to read untill the end of the book, eager to read the next book.all rick riordan books are incridible...
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost hero This book was the best!! I was really sad when I finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, so when I found out there was another series I was so happy!! The new heroes, villain and plot are fantastic!! If you've read Percy Jackson and haven't read this series then I don't know what your doing with your life. Seriously go read it. It is fantastic!!!
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost hero one of the best books ever! Percy Jackson is one of my biggest fictional heroes, but Jason isn't too bad of a replacement! this series is one I'll be sure to read right to the end!
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost hero Great read read it was very exciting to me and I couldn't help but not put it down every page was more exciting than the last
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Class Review. Another series by Rick Riordan means another great adventure. The novel being the continuous series from the first brang up a lot of questions in my head. He made this new beggining of the series very interesting because this novel was just so epic.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! So at the time I read this book, I hadn't yet read the Percy Jackson series by the same author. I own all five books in that series, but I stopped reading them after the first one. I can't really say why. I picked up this book on the sole strength of how much I love the books in the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. Can I just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book? I can't really say that this book is better than the original Percy Jackson series as I haven't read them yet, but in my opinion, this book can hold it's own. I could not stop giggling when I read this book. The humor in this book, just as it was in the Kane Chronicles, just didn't stop. I am not really sure what it is about the Satyr's that makes them so funny, but it just works. Give that satyr a bit of a complex and a megaphone and the hilarity just doesn't stop. One thing I did appreciate about this book was not only the introduction of new characters, but the fact that each chapter or two was told from a different viewpoint. I find that with these stories, getting the different view points works very well as each character has their own part to play in the story. The best part of this book and in fact this series, is that not only does it get kids excited to read, but it teaches them quite a lot about mythology and in terms that they can understand.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect in Every Way! It's been a year since Percy Jackson and his friends defeated Kronos from rising. If you thought our heroes were about to get a break - boy were you wrong. A new prophecy has been given out. Jason and his two friends Piper and Leo must go out and save Hera from the very earth's clutches. But there is a small problem - Jason can't recall anything from his past. The Lost Hero opens with an extremely intense and fast-paced scene that easily had me devouring page after page of Riordan's novel. The Lost Hero had the perfect pacing, prefect amount of mystery, and three amazing main characters that fit together like puzzle pieces. I really enjoyed how Riordan managed to blend the myths so easily into the present day era. It seemed almost natural, and not for the first time I'm wishing that I was a demigod myself. Unlike Riordan's first series, which you could tell were childish at times, I never found a moment where this book belonged in the kids section. His beautiful first novel in the Heroes of Olympus series definitely deserves a spot in the teen section of the book store. Overall, I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it (I read this book a few months back, can't believe it took me this long to write a review!), and I can't wait to dive into the second novel, Son of Neptune!
Date published: 2011-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, Fast Paced Adventure The Lost Hero introduced some fun new characters, namely Jason, a Roman transplant to Camp Half-Blood who can't remember anything from his past; Piper, whose father has been kidnapped and to save him, she must betray her friends; and Leo who has a way with tools and fire (Leo was by far my son's favourite because of his quirky humour). The mystery surrounding Jason was really fun. I love the Roman elements and having them play off of the Greek elements of the book. There were also some great twists and turns that kept me and my son on the edge of our seats. The book is also full of action - fighting, adventures, dragons, evil monsters, and inuendo of even worse things to come... The story is told from all three characters points of view. Each character took turns for 2 chapters at a time. This was good because it really allowed us to get into the heads of the different characters. I also think this widens the appeal to both boys and girls because there are more chances of relating to a character. If you've read the Percy Jackson series, you will enjoy revisiting Camp Half-Blood and some of the characters from that series. I love the set up of how the new characters will eventually intermingle with the original characters, but at the same time, this is a whole new adventure.
Date published: 2011-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another shot The first time I picked this book up was in wall-mart, and quite frankly I wasn't too enthusiastic about this series, because after reading several hundred pages of team Percy I didn't want to start a series without them, so I put it back . After a couple weeks I decided why not aye I loved the previous series why not give this one a shot, and I am glad I did, Riordan but his best foot forward in this series, I was worried I wouldnt get my dose of badassness in this series because Percy wasn't their but believe me Jason does a great job of that, and Leo does a perfect comedic release, but in this series unlike grover, leo actualy does something usefull other then be walking recycling machine, I'm just kidding grover We all love yah, Inthis they give the old previous team an outlook closer to legendary hereos, and make anabeth look alot smarter and Leader-like if I may. Overall I enjoyed this series
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book is one of the, if not the best I have read. It is for almost all ages, probably 11-17, although only some for 16 and 17. It is the perfect book for 12-15 though, it mixes greek mythology and typical activities between families today. Rick Riodan puts in just enough romance to satisfy those who like a bit of romance, but for those who dislike it,(like me) it is pretty unnoticeable. There is a lot of humour in the book and like others have said, you won't be able to put the book down.
Date published: 2011-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Hero: A new wonder! New series; new beginnings. Still the same action-packed scenes we all love to read! I love the new heroes and how Percy and Annabeth will still be involved with the story.
Date published: 2011-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad and Exciting This book was amazing! I was glad he started the new series but that doesn't mean I hated the other series..... Anyway if you haven't read this your missing out on a whole lot of adventure!
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Love the metal Dragon! The new perspective from other campers is a great touch to this new/continuing series. The book was a great read readers of all ages!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from heart sick the whole time yes i liked the book but, i was heartsick for Percy I had totally fallen in love with him , and was disappointed about how little he showed up, every time they would mention his name i would get so excited. But the whole book he didn't show up. In the first series Rick Riordan got to believe Percy was the brave one just about the best hero the camp had and in the second all off sudden Jason is the heroic one he swings in and , i don't know i fell in love with percy instantly i loved his humour his personality he was somebody i could relate to and be like wow i know how he feels and it had me thinking "man i want to be a half blood" i missed him so much throughout the whole book, i wished they had spoke of him more. I miss Annabeth personally i liked her attitude and how she wasn't completely in love with percy right away , she had mix emotions it made reading interesting , making you wonder what would happen next, you didn't know if she would hit him of hug him when survived a near death experience, i miss grover and his cowardly ways, and how he was the one the kept them all together a different personality , he was the perfect best friend. The mix of personalities and demi gods, was what i liked son of Poseidon and athena, two of my favourite gods, and goddesses they were a good combination and I felt like I could relate to either of them , because i loved the water i wanted percy's powers and with Annabeth I felt like her wisdom, was something i could relate to at times, i've never been able to get someone to give me a car let alone extra allowance money, or iv e never been able to easily make a trinkets easily, i felt like i felt like jason was a mix of Thalia and percy but something else to , to me he was serious and was as funny, i dint fall in love with his character , his description was very much like luke's to me i wanted percy's black hair and green eye I guess i just want my old characters back i wish he had continued the percy jackson and olympians series, All in All it makes me desperately miss percy and now im going to go read that series,
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lost hero i love it i think it was amazing i am reading for the 2 time i cant waiting for the 2 in the new series the son of Neptune
Date published: 2010-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riordan delivers After an exciting series that had action and adventure (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) Rick Riordan is at it again. There are many new faces in this book, along with some interesting twists. Of course you can't have a Camp-Half Blood book without Annabeth, Chiron, and the rest. But that doesn't mean there aren't enough new faces to keep you interested. New Friends, new adventures, same old gods. If you liked the Percy Jackson books, this is a must read. There is only one problem. Waiting untill Fall 2011 for the second book! :)
Date published: 2010-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THANK YOU CHAPTERS & RICK!!!! :D If there was a 6th star I give it to this book, from the moment it started I was captured, and read on and for once in a long time couldn't eat or sleep properly, I always wanted to know what happened. The characters where so alive and part of this was so funny, I laughed loud in the library which was really strange considering the stares I got. Definitely a book worth the money, in fact I don't think there is a book that I regretted the amount paid. Well done Rick and well done Chapters Thank You!!!!! :).
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The heroes are back, bigger and better than ever! Now, when Rick Riordan announced he would be writng another Camp Half-Blood series but not about Percy and Co. I was apprehensive. Really apprehensive. After starting the Percy Jackson series in Grade 8 and finishing it in my last year of high school I had grown quite attached to Percy, Annabeth, Grover etc. I was worried that the new heroes would simple be rehashing the old ones, and I would miss the old heroes deeply. So imagine my delight when after staying up all night to finish the Lost Hero I found myself in love with the new heroes. They may have the same dynamics as Percy's trio but rest assured they are new and unique. The mystery surrounding Jason is intriguing and well crafted, Riordan's exploration of the Roman Gods is a fresh take on the books' mythology. Piper is not Annabeth, but great character in her own right, and as a daughter of Aphrodite a surprise to all who thought that the children of the goddess of love were only good for looking good. Leo takes the spot of comic relief but with a tragic past and personal secrets he does more than crack a few jokes. Another bonus about the Lost Hero is that the characters are the same age as Percy was when he ended his series (he is currently around seventeen) so thankfully the characters already sound somewhat mature. While we all loved adorably dorky Percy at the age of twelve, Riordan has clearly gotten a lot bettter at writing from a teenager's perspective. After five books in the original PJO series you would think Riordan would have run out of myths to incorporate but the exact opposite holds true. New monsters, new enemies and something even worse than Kronos looms ahead for the new series. Although I did perk up whenever Annabeth or Percy were mentioned, by the end of the book I was thoroughly invested in the new heroes and their involvment in the Great Prophecy. It looks like Riordan promises to deliver another action packed and adventure filled saga. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I just finished reading this book and it was so perfect, I couldn't have asked for anything better! The only bad part was at the end when it said that the next one won't be out until fall of 2011 and I was like, I can't wait that long! I need to know what happens next! I loved the Percy Jackson series and I'm glad that this new series incorporates some of the characters. Can't wait for the next one!!
Date published: 2010-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good but there is a singned copy right under it. Buy the singed copy right under it it's the same prize.
Date published: 2010-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CANT WAIT! OMG ! i am sooooo looking forward to this ! i read the 1st 2 chapters and was on the edge of my seat. thank gosh percy and annabeth are characters in this book ! when i was reading and it described a blonde girl getting out of a chariot , i was relieved ! i am so excited for it to come out because i NEED to read it ! i am such a huge fan of percy jackson and the author rick riordan . when i thought the percy jackosn series were ending i didnt have anything to read :( but now tht new series are out , i am soooo happyy ! i hope its going to be GREAT! :D
Date published: 2010-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Excited I read the first two chapters online at and the password to get in is newhero. This book had me on the edge of my seat through the first two chapters, I can't wait to read the full thing. I really can't wait for October 12th which is the release date for the book. All I can say rig now is to go to and read the first two chapters of this great looking book so have fun all percy jackson fans and if i may recommend the Kayne chronicles to you. It is the same idea as Percy Jackson kinda but it is based on Egyptian gods this time. SO HAVE FUN READNG!!!!!!!!!!! XP
Date published: 2010-08-04
Date published: 2010-06-19

Editorial Reviews

Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows Riordan's popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and includes some of the same characters in minor roles. The new cast features Jason, Piper, and Leo, teen demigods who are just coming to understand and use their unique abilities as they learn how much depends upon their wits, courage, and fast-developing friendship. Setting up the books to come, the backstory of a master plan to unseat the gods is complex but is doled out in manageable bits with a general air of foreboding. Meanwhile, the action scenes come frequently as the three heroic teens fight monstrous enemies in North American locales, including the Grand Canyon, Quebec City, Detroit, Chicago, Omaha, Pikes Peak, and Sonoma Valley. Flashes of humor lighten the mood at times, but a tone of urgency and imminent danger seems as integral to this series as the last. With appealing new characters within a familiar framework, this spin-off will satisfy the demand for more. - Carolyn Phelan-Booklist