Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

Summary: Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth--a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this latest book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet. (Image from bookdweeb.files.wordpress and summary from back of the book.)

My Review: Things start getting complicated for Percy in book #4. It definitely stays PG, but he now has conflicting emotions regarding three different girls. I appreciated how Riordan was able to portray attachments without getting physical (ok, SPOILER: so Annabeth does kiss Percy once, but this is very benign especially considering the circumstances).

Of all the books this one is the most foreboding. You can feel the impending doom that seems to be encroaching upon all society. The Labyrinth is probably what starts this dread. Knowing that it was able to cripple the courage of Clarrise is enough for me to think it's a bad place to be forced into to save the world as you know it.

You learn many cool things that the previous three books have been building up to, such as Grover and his search for Pan. I didn't want to put this book down because I had to know what would happen, but it isn't my favorite of the four. I think that title goes to book #3. It just wasn't as funny, and considering how much suspense and action these books hold the humor balances out the dread. I'm looking forward to finishing the series with the 5th and final book.

Rating: 4 stars

Sum it up: In succession of reading, the most foreboding in the Percy Jackson series yet.

Also reviewed by Mindy.


Anonymous said...

Kari, you'll enjoy book #5 as Rick Riordan ties things up very nicely. Yes, the books get more foreboding as things go along, kind of like the Harry Potter books. Enjoy!!

Mary Gray said...

Mmm. I love foreboding. Glad it was another clean read.


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