The Journey Continues…
I’m finally ahead on the readings for my book review schedule! I read this novel two weeks ago, let’s see how much I can recall when writing this book review because there is not a soul that believes I write these in advance as soon as I finish the novel – unless I finish said novel the minute before I have to post the review.
Blurb: When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and . . . a ride from his mom. The demigods race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. But that's not all that awaits them. The Titan lord Kronos has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey. Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge yet--the chilling prophecy of the Titan's curse.
The start of this book confused the heckles out of me. It was like those opening scenes to a movie/ episode where you don’t know what the hell is going on so you continue watching in hopes that all will be explained. This was pretty much the same, and I actually enjoyed that. It was a fun change to the usual “Hi I’m Percy and this is my life so far, etc. etc.”
We also have a new heroine along for the ride this Summer. Thalia, whose name I’d never heard of before this series is the Daughter of Zeus who’s spirit was trapped in a tree to prevent her from dying when she was 12. At the end of book two, we see the Golden Fleece revive her and start the feud between herself and Percy in a competition for the leader role.
This book is my favourite because of the people we meet. Gods make an appearance with their flashy 21st Century technology, as well as titans, other Demi-Gods and people who just won’t stay dead.
The plot of this book took us ever closer to the final battle, with the demi-gods facing their former camp mate Luke once again. We see our heroes make decisions that could destroy everything and some new faces that may change the course of the story forever.
I’d heard of Nico before but Bianca was a new name. These two half-bloods are found by Percy’s friend Grover when he went undercover at a new school, their parentage unknown. When the heroes arrive to check it out, something isn’t right. In short, the Headmaster turns into a creepy monster and a few things happen:
- We are introduced to the huntress Goddess Artemis and her all-female hunter group. They take in Bianca, Nico’s sister who joins their hunt immediately after being asked. It is as if she had some tragic backstory that leads her to want a group of friends like a family.
- The creepy monster/ Headmaster dude kidnaps Annabeth and well we meet Appollo, Artemis’ brother who rides a ‘Sun Chariot’ that can change into literally any car.
I loved meeting these two Gods and seeing how Riordan gave them very distinct personalities with one – Appollo – embracing the Western world, and Artemis sticking to the old ways. Also when the monster kidnapped Annabeth, Percy lost it!! He would stop at nothing to go after her and because I know that that they end up together, this is really where we see Percy really showing his feelings for his best friend, despite her still being in love with Luke.
I’m going to time skip ahead to when they’re on the quest to find Artemis (and Annabeth) and uh well even though we just met her, Bianca shows severe love for others, choosing to sacrifice herself to let everyone live and continue the quest. And though it may seem that Bianca’s story ends there, it doesn’t but that’s like serious foreshadowing here.
We then meet Atlas. If you don’t know, Atlas is a Titan God who has to hold up the sky for all eternity and bear the weight of the sky. In the stories, he took a small reprieve from it by Heracles who later tricked him into taking back the burden. This is what happens in the battle scene although it is Annabeth and Artemis who bear the weight of the sky and Percy who takes it then tricks the Titan into taking it back. I loved this because the story of Atlas is an interesting one.
I’m doing a lot of time skipping as there is so much to talk about with this book, so many things went on that I just cannot talk about them all.
In short, they achieved their quest, brought Annabeth and Artemis back and faced the council of the Gods again. In this, we lose one of our heroes, Thalia, the daughter of Zeus who was brought back to life by the power of the golden fleece. She is asked my Artemis to join her hunt and be immortal forever. She accepts this as she tells her friends that she will not be able to control herself against Kronos’ power. I believe it was a brave thing that she did, understanding her weakness and in a life or death situation for the Western world, chose to sacrifice her freedom for the safety of others.
Percy has courage and fierce loyalty and will choose to give anyone a chance. As is in the case of Nico, when Percy finds out his parentage after the boy summons the forces of the underworld to save Percy from a skeleton army. I could almost see Percy’s face change from that of shock to relief to recognition, knowing that Nico is the son of Hades.
Then he had to deal him the bad news about his sister and how he’d failed to keep her safe. Let’s say Nico didn’t take it so well and the poor boy must’ve been going through so much confusion and now loss, he ran away. Percy choosing not to tell anyone but his friends about his discovery as to not incriminate Nico, ensuring his safety in the process.
★ Rating ★
I rated this novel, a ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars). In comparison to the first two books, there is evidence of age increase in the writing and the maturity of the characters but the reading level of the book remains the same. I would say that this is my favourite out of the three due to the major conflict between the cast and how everyone reacts to plot twists that occur. I found that this novel has messages that teach kids to be kind to others and not hold grudges as you will not know what you have until it’s gone.
Thank you so much for reading!
Bets on me making it to the end of the series by the 30th of November?
Not to jinx myself but I’m a little hopeful…
With Love Bree xx
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