The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

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Original Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth

Year Published: 2014 (first published in 2008)

Published by:  Disney Hyperion Books

Number of Pages: 361

First Sentence: The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot:

Percy Jackson isn‘t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.

In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos‘s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth‘s sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

My thoughts:

This book starts with a bang and never slows down in tempo. Which I loved! The plot is interesting and very entertaining.

Percy, Annabeth, Tyson and Grover sets out on a quest through the labyrinth to find the one man who can help them find a way to navigate the labyrinth safely and also ensure that Kronos and his followers can’t use it to their advantage. As per usual for Percy, this is easier said than done.

It is so much fun seeing how the characters are developing and slowly getting more  accustomed to their roles and getting more comfortable in their own skin. I loved seeing how Percy slowly gets more used to carrying the title of “hero” but also that the only reason why this is possible is because he is surrounded by friends he truly cares about.

Rachel is the new character in this book, and I loved her to pieces. She first appeared in the previous book for a short moment, and she now gets to play a bigger part. Overall I loved seeing characters returning from the previous and seeing both positive and negative character development. Characters I used to hate I now start to like and care about. Well played Riordan, well played.

Just like the previous books, this one is filled with humour and snarkiness. It also has serious elements and action filled mini-adventures. The writing never feels like it’s aimed specifically to kids, which I think is a good thing, and the dialogues are very well written. Just like the rest of the book that is.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, this book series is just amazing and I recommend people of all ages to go ahead and read these books.

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