Title: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #4
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: He handed me a little silver tube.
HONESTLY, BLOWING UP ANOTHER SCHOOL WAS THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO.
As the son of a Greek god, I’ve had my share of near-death disaster. This summer, I didn’t choose to battle the cheerleading squad, but when two hissing she-devils with fangs are heading straight for you, what’s a half-blood meant to do?
That was just the beginning. This is the one where my arch-enemy, Luke, is looking for a way to invade our camp via an ancient labyrinth. If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it’s goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond…
CAN PERCY NAVIGATE HIS WAY OUT OF TROUBLE – BEFORE LUKE’S ARMY BRING MASS DESTRUCTION TO CAMP HALF-BLOOD?
Annabeth quickly became a well-loved character as I delved into the world of Percy Jackson, so the introduction of her polar opposite and the deterioration of some of her stubborn confidence was a great change. For me, Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth was more about Annabeth than any of the preceding books. And finding more out about such a unique, smart and strong young woman was thoroughly enjoyable.
Rachel Dare, as Annabeth’s polar opposite helped to create friction in the developing relationship between Percy and Annabeth. This, combined with the fact that she is Annabeth’s polar opposite, makes her a very engaging and interesting character. Her slightly quirky character helped to further pull me towards her as a player within the unfolding journey of Percy and Annabeth.
The Minotaur, as a well-known Greek villain, was present within the first Percy Jackson tale. But this time, we were able to delve into the story of his creation and his imprisonment – the Labyrinth. When I first read the title of the book, I was confused as to how Riordan would create a modern version of such an archaic structure – a giant, underground maze in which people were ritually trapped and killed. His use of the streets and sewers of America was kind of a terrifying idea. And it worked brilliantly. Overlaying the two worlds onto one another is an amazing talent of Riordan’s, and there is only one other author that I truly appreciated for this ability.
The final discovery of Pan and the death of nature himself provided a powerful ecological message – we must take it within ourselves to care for nature and the world around us. Not only for its beauty, but also for its necessity within our own survival and health.
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