THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH (Percy Jackson #4) by Rick Riordan **** 4 Stars
Freshman orientation is about mastering new things, but this is ridiculous. Percy didn’t expect that in his first week at school, he would have to face a squad of demon cheerleaders. And the dangers are far more than scholastic: Kronos’s armies are threatening even the relative safety of Camp Half-Blood. The fourth installment of Percy Jackson and the Olympians deals out action, surprises, suspense, and gripping characters.
Each new book that I read in this series is better than the last one. This is probably because I’m getting to know the characters a little more each time, and I have some back stories about them to reflect on from the previous books. As usual I’ll try to keep my thoughts spoiler free.
Rick Riordan has once again cleverly entwined the mythical world of demigods into the modern world in such a great way. I really liked the concept in this book. The Labyrinth is an amazing setting and is so mysterious. It’s a place that has so many possibilities and potential for adventure, that I hope we haven’t seen the last of it.
Percy is once again on a mission that is full of danger and humour, to stop the baddies from passing through the Labyrinth and into Camp Half-Blood. Aside from the main characters, a number of others have carried over from the previous books. They have added some interesting new sub-plots to keep an eye on, and I’m guessing that these characters will have pivotal roles in the next book. I have to say, that I found Nico quite annoying, but I put that down to clever writing that has created a character that is triggering my emotions. No doubt, the next book will build on his story and I will hopefully understand why he is like he is, and why he annoys me so much. Privately, I’m also suspicious of one/more character/s, but I’ll let the next book prove me either right or wrong.
The Battle of the Labyrinth is another great instalment in the Percy Jackson series. I’m keen to get straight into the next and final book to see if everything turns to rotten eggs, or if the world will survive. I’m confident I know which ending it will be, but it’s the journey that fills the books that we love to read, not just the ending.
- My review of Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson #3) (swlothian.wordpress.com)