Sea of Monsters,
Book two, Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Miramax- Hyperion Books, 2006
So here’s the story – after a peaceful year in a new school, Percy is looking forward to Camp Half-Blood to spend the summer with his fellow demi-gods training and having fun. On the very last day of school, monsters attack him under the guise of bullies, Annabeth shows up to rescue him and ends up taking him and Tyson back to camp. But unfortunately, the camp is under attack by monsters because the magically borders have been compromised because somebody has poisoned Thalia’s tree. The valley is dying and in the process the camp is a disaster. This is what Percy walks into – eventually a quest is undertaken to find the Golden Fleece, which has magical properties and can heal the tree – if they can find it in time.
• Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, hero-in-training, learning to master water
• Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, always has a plan, manages to save Percy on more than one occasion
• Luke, son of Hermes, traitor to Camp Half-Blood, servant to Kronos, hates his father and wants to destroy all the gods of Olympus
• Clarisse, daughter of Ares, wanna-be champion hero, bully to everyone, desperate for her father’s approval
• Grover, satyr, searching for Pan but ends up being a bride (that’s right, I said a bride)
• Chiron, centaur, blamed for the poisoning of Thalia’s tree and the attacks of monsters on the camp, joins his fellow centaurs in Miami (the Party Ponies)
• Tyson, Cyclops, son of Poseidon, brother to Percy
• Polyphemus, Cyclops, killer of satyrs, keeper of sheep, stealer of the Golden Fleece and wedding-groom to Grover’s bride (he doesn’t see very well out of his one eye-he thinks Grover is a female Cyclops)
• Thalia, daughter of Zeus, turned into a tree by Zeus when she was killed trying to get into Camp Half Blood
• Kronos, father of the gods, chopped up by his sons and thrown into Tartarus but still alive and kicking even if he is in a million bits and pieces
• Tantalus, replaced Chiron as activities director at Camp Half-Blood, very mean and cruel to the kids
I just love Percy Jackson! Or maybe it’s Rick Riordan I love. The story is so good and fast and fun. Perfect amount of detail, no heavy back stories, no long, involved retelling of Greek mythology, the reader gets what he (or she) needs to keep moving along and preferably be able to read through in one or two sittings. This one I read in two days. It does have fewer pages that The Lightening Thief, but no less story. Also, none of that emotional stuff that female protagonists written by female authors usually have. I much prefer adventure and action! Leave all that lovey-dovey stuff for Laura to review!
In this story we get hippocampus (half horse, half fish), Confederate soldiers and an iron-clad, we are introduced to Circe, goddess of sorcery, the Sirens, Charybdis & Scylla, bear-men Oreius and Agrius, and even Edward Teach (for those of you who don’t know he is – he’s the infamous Blackbeard).
Rating: 5 paws for a fab-story and especially for Annabeth telling Circe to turn her into a panther so she could claw her to death. Anybody would choose to be a feline over anything else deserves my respect!
For author info go to The Lightening Thief
Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses, by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
The Sirens by Arthur Rackham,1923
Charybdis (whirlpool) and Scylla (six-headed monster)
Oreius and Agrius, the Bear Twins, sons of Polyphonte & a bear
Edward Teach aka Blackbeard