Saturday, May 17, 2008

"Percy Jackson and the Olympians-- The Battle of the Labyrinth" review

After a year of waiting, the half-blood Percy Jackson returns to bookstores everywhere in this fourth installment of the bestselling series by Rick Riordan. The third book left us with a lot of unanswered questions, as well as a massive cliffhanger-- Pan is calling to Grover.

After that little shocker, Percy had to go back and try to live a normal life (something that's not easy for a half-blood). But, at his freshman orientation, he comes upon an unexpected difficulty. He has to do battle with the cheerleading squad. And they're vicious servants of Kronos. Add that to an unexpected and unlikely encounter with a former acquaintance (I DARE you to guess who it is), and you have an explosive beginning-- literally-- to a real pedal-to-the-metal book.

Things don't look too good for Camp Half-Blood. There are some new faces to meet-- but can they be trusted? Luke is getting close to the discovery of a lifetime: a secret way to enter Camp Half-Blood from the inside. And it's Annabeth's turn to get a quest, but this one could cost her her life. She, Percy, Grover, and Tyson must journey into the fabled labyrinth of Daedalus to find the answers to their questions.

My only pet peeve with The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse is that they were only 300 pages long, far too short for all the time spent waiting. But The Battle of the Labyrinth runs at nearly 375 pages, making it a much more satisfying read. In fact, it's my personal favorite in the series thus far. Some questions are answered, others are excruciatingly close to being answered. And Riordan is setting up for something BIG in Book 5.

My rating: 9.5/10

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