Friday, January 13, 2012

Review - The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Battle of the Labyrinth is a dark sinister chapter in the Percy Jackson series. The gravity of the prophecy and the foes that face our beloved characters is emphasized more so than ever and for once, Percy's fate is not as certain as you would think.

In this latest chapter of Percy's saga, Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson face unrelenting evil around every corner and to succeed, true personal sacrifice is required. Are the gods of Olympus truly worth the price that the young demigods and their friends pay?

Percy grows up hard and fast, and fills into his role as a leader and decision maker unthinkingly. It is a shame that Rick Riordan continue the trend of Percy's ignorance about most things Greek, however this flaw is more palatable as Percy's willingness to take command showcases the inherent strengths he has a demigod.

As Percy grew in stature, the other demigods were taken down a peg as the story shows us that they are all teenagers still growing, in need of help, parenting and love. Annabeth, Clarisse and Luke are all humanized in this book and that was very justifying to see.

All in all this was a great book. So far my second favorite of the series, but I may be premature as the Last Olympian awaits me.

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