Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Percy Jackson and the titan's curse by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the titan's curse is the third book in the  Percy Jackson and the Olympians series so this review contains ***SPOILERS*** if you have not read the first two books in the series.  This is one of those series where it really pays to read them in order so if you have not already read Percy Jackson and the lightning thief and Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters then I suggest you do so before reading anymore of this review!

Just before winter break Percy, Thalia, and Annabeth are on a mission to help Grover get two half-bloods back to camp - when things go very wrong.  The bad guys have already made it to the school where the half-bloods are living in ignorant bliss of their fate, and in the ensuing chase and battle to rescue them Annabeth falls with the enemy and vanishes.  At odds with Thalia and smarting from the loss Percy finds himself both instantly charmed and instantly worried by the arrival of some godly help - especially as the help comes with some rather frosty company.  

It soon becomes clear that there is something dangerous lurking outside of Camp Half-Blood, something dangerous that is not afraid to take on the gods and beat them at their own game.  With two competing factions of half-bloods trying to prove they are strong enough to beat the enemy, and strong enough that they don't need each others help, it is not surprising that things go wrong very quickly.  Forced into sneaking around like a thief, Percy has some tough decisions to make and he has to make them fast - because the fate of his friend Annabeth (not to mention the world) is in his hands.  Can Percy trust himself to make the difficult decisions?

It was a somewhat refreshing change to join Percy mid-year rather than at the end of another dismal school year - although the change of month and season does little to prevent things from spinning wildly out of control.  Percy may have finally gotten used to the idea of Camp Half-Blood and the fact that he is a demigod, but there are still secrets to discover about his new world - new friends, new enemies, and new entities that don't quite fit into either mould.  I have really been enjoying this series, particularly the way that Riordan builds layers of new information over the old - making each book a foundation for the next, and the next, and the next.  

There is a wealth of material for Riordan to draw on for inspiration, the world of the ancient Greeks is full of stories of friendship, love, and betrayal - the original family dramas!  Riordan is building a world here that deserves to be discovered and enjoyed - by readers of all ages and abilities.  Join the worlds least perfect hero as he battles to save us all.

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Reviewed by Brilla

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