Yonathan, April 9, 2009 (view all comments by Yonathan)
This is book four of the Percy Jackson series, with only one more installment to come. Readers from around ten years old will be thrilled by the adventures of the teenaged hero who just happens to be the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, and all his friends, most of whom are the children of the Olympians from Greek Mythology.
In my opinion, it would be better if you read the series in order, and the three previous books are:
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)
In "The Battle of the Labyrinth", Percy and three friends set off on a quest through the treacherous labyrinth, in search of the inventor Daedalus, hoping that he will help them to defeat the army being assembled by Luke, son of Hermes. The thing is - Luke is just the messenger, and the evil he's about to unleash can bring down Olympus itself.
Although still clueless about girls and relationships, Percy starts developing and unleashing his powers, and surprises even himself when he attempts to repeat Hercules' great stable cleansing project. Other demi-gods also come into their own in book four, and a mortal girl proves to be just the ticket, and in the nick of time too. In a related sub-story, the search for Pan reaches an exhilarating climax.
Packed with monsters of all persuasions, gods and demi-gods, rescues, battles and side trips to Alcatraz and Mount St. Helens, this is by far the most exciting book of the series so far.
Amazingly imaginative, thrilling and funny, this series by Rick Riordan continues to be a front runner in children's fiction, and I recommend it without reservation.
Not to mention book 5 is out in 3 weeks!!!!!
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Christopher Coriasco, August 16, 2008 (view all comments by Christopher Coriasco)
I haven't yet had the chance to read this book, but I have had the pleasure of reading the first three installments of the adventures of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. If this book is anything like the first three I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I strongly suggest that if you haven't read the other books in this series then get out there and do so, you won't be disappointed.
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Mrs.H., April 24, 2008 (view all comments by Mrs.H.)
I introduced my 6th grade class to Mr. Riordan's work. He has helped them live the Greek myths and Percy's plight has hooked many of my students on reading. The humor and depth of the characters, along with the vivid writing that create movies in their heads, make this series a hit! Thank you, Rick Riordan, for sending along the 4th book in the series- it is just in the nick of time!
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eyinz_27, April 9, 2008 (view all comments by eyinz_27)
i'M a HUGE fan oF peRcy jaCksoN seRieS,, anD i'M waiTing foR thE 4th inStallmenT riGht noW.. booK 1-3 inDicates tHat peRcY's gonNa bE da oNe to dEstRoy/saVe thE wEsteRn ciVilization!!! iM waItinG mR riorDaN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"[T]he best one yet....The often-philosophical tale zips along with snappy dialogue, humor and thrilling action, culminating in a climactic battle between gods and Titans....Look no further for the next Harry Potter; meet Percy Jackson, as legions of fans already have."
by School Library Journal,
"Like many series, the...books are beginning to show the strain of familiarity and repetition. However, the overarching story line remains compelling, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers breathless in anticipation of the fifth and final volume."
Time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable as Kronos's army prepares to invade. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth.
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