The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Kindle Edition) – Read March 15, 2012

Cost: $4.99 (As of This Post)

Official Book Trailer: (This is book 4 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)

My Take:

I think I would hate to be a demi-god, I mean not really, but every summer these kids are facing some major battles, and Percy is dreading a prophecy that’s supposed to take place when he’s 16, which is right around the corner. That’s just a lot for these kids to take on, but they do it and they do it with gusto.

I really enjoy Riordan’s writing style, it’s engaging and not overly complicated but not dumbed down either it’s great for all ages to enjoy. Percy is a fairly likeable character, he’s a lot like any other freshmen boy but with a few more burdens to carry. This story takes place not long after “The Titan’s Curse” ended. Honestly, I didn’t know if I would get back into this series, because the beginning did start off the same as the previous 3 novels, Percy Jackson trying to fit into regular school life and things going horribly wrong. After all of that happened though the story picks up, we just had to get Percy back into the swing of things and back with his gang out on another quest. I liked how the labyrinth was created, the labyrinth is a character in itself, and that Annabeth finally gets her quest, but she’s keeping a secret. The growth of the characters is slow but steady with some jumps in between. They’re kids that had to grow up quickly because their parents were too lazy to take care of Kronos themselves.

What get me is why Kronos wants to kill the inhabitants of camp half blood so badly, I mean I get they’re trained to fight monsters and what not, but doesn’t going straight to Olympus make more sense? Oh well, I’m not some tyrannical ancient Titan who was chopped up by his kids and buried, unkillable in Tartarus, who’s probably been brooding for a few millenia. It’s a good read and this journey is coming to a close with a promise of a fantastic, ‘final’ journey.

Quote: “You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed.”

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