It took me until halfway in to really start enjoying the book. As a fan of the Percy Jackson series, I expected a similar format with instantly engaging heroes, madcap mythological adventures, and a fast pace. The beginning of the novel feels more than a little repetitive and slow (despite the almost constant chase scenes). I was bound and determined to dislike this book but then, midway through the novel, something marvelous happened. The book allowed itself to slow down, to take in the world, to explore the characters. I began to care, I began to completely love the world Rick Riordan was creating around me. At first, I didn't know if I wanted to finish the book. Now, I'm absolutely excited to pick up the sequel. I feel like this book could have been improved by quite a lot of editing as good portions of the beginning felt unnecessarily long. That being said, I would absolutely recommend this book. If you're like me and have trouble with the beginning, stick with it. The improvement is exponential. I'm so very excited to see where this goes. I'm hooked.