My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…
In the third installment to the much-loved Percy Jackson series, the four heroines are embarking on another fun filled adventure abroad. I love that as you read into the series, you get to grow with the characters just as they grow up. A very quick read like the other two, however still packed with witty humor and greek-heroic action.
Percy, Annabeth, Thalia, and Grover set out to a boarding school to recruit a brother and sister, that are also demi-gods, to come to Camp Halfblood. Like always, the plan goes up in smoke, Annabeth and the goddess Artemis is taken captive, and Thalia, Grover, and Percy must return to Camp Halfblood with not just the brother and sister, but also Artemis’s hunters. There, they discover another prophecy that they must follow in hopes of saving both Artemis and Annabeth before the winter solstice, while also trying to avoid angering the gods. Though the gods don’t answer Percy’s requests for answers, they do offer them help when they can for this quest across country. But as they progress on their journey, it becomes apparent that Luke is involved with their kidnapping, and it also ties into the prophecy to raise Kronos from the dead.
Full of twists and turns and even loss (may or may not have cried). In the end, I was quite happy to see all the gods-minus Hades, dammit-together and given physical characters as opposed to just being referred to. Even if their presence was not on the best of terms. Like Greek myths, these characters all intertwine, making it more exciting to piece together. I had wished there were more interactions between Percy and Poseidon. It’s hard for me to comprehend how Percy can feel some love for his dad, when it feels like Poseidon just pays notice to Percy only when he is forced. In Percy’s shoes, I know I would feel a bit of resentment to the guy…
Overall, fun middle-grade read. Can’t wait to get to the fourth! The journey is almost done…