The Battle of the Labyrinth,
Book four, Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Disney Hyperion Books, 2008
So here’s the story this time – Percy and company go on a quest for Grover who has one last chance to find Pan before his searcher’s license is taken away for good. Annabeth leads this quest also to map the Labyrinth because that’s what Luke is doing – trying to find the way that leads directly into Camp Half-Blood. Luke’s goal is to destroy all the demi-gods and then move on to Olympus and destroy it. Annabeth is also convinced that the creator of the Labyrinth, Daedalus, is still alive inside the Labyrinth and she wants to enlist his help in protecting Olympus from Kronos.
• Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, now 14 years old, child of the prophecy where at 16 he will make a choice that will either save or destroy Olympus, once again saves the world as we know it – he even fights Kronos!
• Annabeth, daughter of Athena, gets to indulge her love of architecture and leads the quest into the Labyrinth to find Daedalus, she is conflicted about how she feels about Luke – she knew him before he turned on the gods of Olympus.
• Grover, satyr, believes he heard Pan call to him in the last book but the Counsel of Cloven Elders no longer believes him and gives him one last chance to find Pan or find another living (in other words, no more searching for Pan, no more leaving Camp Half-Blood). He and Tyson split off mid-way through the book because he feels the ‘call of the wild’, but they reunite with Percy & co. in the end.
• Tyson, Cyclops, Percy’s half brother, back from the forges of Poseidon under the ocean goes on the quest with Percy, Annabeth and Grover; he meets one of his personal heroes and is very disappointed by him.
• Nico, son of Hades, bitter about losing his sister Bianca, sets about trying to raise her from the dead with the ghost of King Minos at his side; he comes into his own power in this book. I can’t remember if he is in the last book of this series but I do know he is in the next set of Percy books.
• Luke, son of Hermes, still serving Kronos and trying to conquer Olympus; he must make the ultimate sacrifice in this service.
• Clarisse, daughter of Ares, shows her softer side by looking after a fellow demi-god who went mad in the Labyrinth; as she doesn’t go on the quest, we don’t see too much of her in this book
• Chiron, centaur, son of Krono’s (but he doesn’t want anyone to know)
• Kronos, father of the gods, still not in one piece yet, but he is getting close, and Percy makes a mistake he will regret we he finds the Krono’s golden sarcophagus and opens it.
• Rachel Elizabeth Dare, she’s not really a new character, having first appeared in the previous book, The Titan’s Curse, but she is a mortal who can see through the Mist – the stuff that is all around the gods, goddesses and monsters so mere mortals like the rest of us cannot see what is really going on
• Quintus, half-blood, who suddenly turns up at Camp Half-Blood to help Chiron while Mr. D. is on a mission for the gods, and is very secretive (with good reason)
• Mrs. O’Leary, a hell-hound and Quintus’ pet
• Daedalus, the one of the making wings and his son Icarus flying too close to the sun and when the wax melted, his son fell to his death
• King Minos, the ghost who helps Nicos and tortured Daedalus when he (Minos) was alive, claims he owns the Labyrinth.
• Hephaestus, god of fire & forges, makes the weapons for Olympus, among other things, helps the heroes but before that he sends them on a mission which results in Percy blowing up Mount St. Helens
• Calypso, daughter of Atlas, doomed to live on an island that is neither here nor there, rescues Percy, heals him and offers him a chance for immortality
In this story we get these monsters & creatures: emopousa, kampe, hekatonkheires, janus, hippalektryons, Geryon, sphinx, telekhine
I can’t say enough good things about this book – it is wonderful, fabulous, great, fun, exciting, so on and so forth! It’s Percy Jackson; it’s Rick Riordan! What else can I say – I’m a fan! Is it really a review if you go into the book with a preset idea? Well, whatever – this is a 5-paw book.
Rating: 5 paws for nonstop adventure, danger, monsters, mysteries and Percy!
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