Title: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #3
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: Maybe he could give me some advice, but something held me back.
IT’S NOT EVERY DAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN HAND-TO-CLAW COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, these things happen. All I was trying to do was bring two new demigods back to camp. But the arrival of the manticore changed everything. Now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and the general of the Titans wants to unleash a tribe of skeleton warriors on the world.
This is the one where only five of us heroes can join the dangerous quest to defeat the doomsday monster – and our camp’s Oracle has predicted that not all of the chosen five will survive…
CAN PERCY SAVE ANNABETH – AND THE REST OF THE WORLD – BEFORE THE CURSE DESTROYS HIM FOREVER?
One of my favourite characters in the Percy-verse is introduced at the very end of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. Finding out more about her in Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse was really enjoyable. Taking two children of the ‘Big Three’, and placing them within a competitive context was bound to have an interesting effect on their relationships. The fact that Riordan creates two characters that are opposite, yet eerily similar, helps to add to this entertainment.
The other set of characters that are introduced in Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse are The Hunters. Whilst I would never (and would never have) wanted to join this incredibly feminist group, the idea that being without a man and being without the necessity of their influence in their lives is a very cool idea. Spending life in part of a fully-functioning, and amicable girl group is also a great foreign idea. There are so many books and tales that emphasise the bitchiness and competitiveness between women, so having one that emphasises the camaraderie and friendship between such a group is refreshing.
Romantic relationships are almost always a plot line within stories, at the very least, they act as an engaging subplot. Probably because we all want to feel loved by someone else, and it’s nice reading about it. Having a group that actively declines this was refreshing, but as an interesting counterpoint, Annabeth and Percy’s growing relationship has subtle undertones of potential future romance. What I loved most about this relationship is that it is entirely natural. As the reader, you can tell that both feel an attraction to each other, but as they are young, this is a little confusing for them and sometimes leads to some interesting arguments.
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