The Battle of the Labyrinth
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)
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 fourth 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.
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This was another highly enjoyable book in the series. As with all the previous books I just had a very high reading pace and finished this book super fast. Thank the Greeks for their extensive creativity when coming up with all these gods and creatures. And props to Rick Riordan for giving them a cool spin and making them part of this modern world. I just cannot get enough of these series and will be sad to see the Percy Jackson Series come to an end. But what en epic ending that will have to be! The ending of this book really left us looking forward to the final showdown.
Character-wise this book was very strong because you really feel that all of them have come a long way. They are no longer the children they were when we first met them. All of the previous questing they have done really did leave their marks on these characters and it only gives them more color. Nico really sticks out for me in this story and he became one of my favorite characters to read about, next to Percy obviously. And even though none of these kids have had it easy before, the load doesn’t lighten here. This book is scattered with tough decisions and not knowing what to feel.
Story-wise this book was just as awesome as the ones that came before it. The labyrinth offers a highly interesting setting because of it’s highly changeable nature. This whole book really highlights the ambiguity of all the characters, more so than the other ones. Because of the whole prospective of the things that are to come in the last book, this book goes a bit deeper. And I really liked the way Rick Riordan has done this. You feel that this book is more serious, but it’s not bogging you down. There’s just this great balance of humor and seriousness with a lot of action thrown in there to spice things up.