The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth

by Rick Riordan


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.

The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth novel in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I am so glad I picked up this series because the books just keep getting better and better! The Battle of the Labyrinth is definitely my favorite!

The story begins with Percy trying to enjoy his freshman orientation while on summer break. He’s less than thrilled because it is a new school and he has to be on his best behavior to his true identity from his mom’s new boyfriend, who is also a teacher at the school. The good thing is his friend Rachel Elizabeth Dare is attending the school; the bad news is the cheerleaders are not human. It’s no surprise when orientation ends with the school in flames and Percy heading for camp. But, camp is no longer safe. Kronos is determined to access Camp Half Blood through the Labyrinth, and it is up to Annabeth, Percy, Tyson, and Grover to stop him.

This is my favorite Percy Jackson novel…so far! Let’s be honest; I love them all. The Labyrinth is such an interesting setting and Riordan’s descriptions of the mythic maze kept me enthralled during my daily drive. We delve ever deeper in to Greek mythology with this story as Riordan introduces to a few lesser known historic characters. The plot is intricate and we watch the main characters grow and develop, which is perfect for readers who previously dismissed this series because it read young. Annabeth is in charge for this mission and it gives her a chance to shine due to her knowledge in architecture and history. We also start to see her as a young woman who is stuck dealing with her growing feelings for Percy and her determination to save Luke. I don’t want to give anything away but expect development for Nico, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover as they battle their way through the Labyrinth.

Unfortunately, I stalled after reading The Battle of the Labyrinth. I am hesitant to start the next novel because I will have finished the series after turning the last page (or listening to the last CD). I don’t want it to end! And yes, I know that’s dumb because of the continuing series. I’m still dragging my feet. I don’t really have many negative points today. The plot was wonderfully intricate and I love the character development. The only ‘eh’ point is that Percy STILL knows little about Greek mythology. I’m more of an Annabeth; I would have learned everything I could upon learning my parent was a Greek god. But that’s just not Percy, and it’s annoying! But that’s it.

It’s time for me to pick up the next book! Anyone else love Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson?


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