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Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Posted by Caitie F on November 17, 2010

Title: Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Hardcover: 361 pages
Publisher: Hyperion (2007)
ISBN: 9781423101468
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

Percy Jackson’s fourth summer at Camp Half-Blood is much like his previous three—high-octane clashes with dark forces, laced with hip humor and drama. Opening with a line for the ages—The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school—this penultimate series installment finds Percy, Annabeth and the satyr Grover furiously working to prevent former camp counselor Luke from resurrecting the Titan lord Kronos, whose goal is to overthrow the gods. When the heroes learn that Luke can breach Camp Half-Blood’s security through an exit from Daedalus’s Labyrinth, they enter the maze in search of the inventor and a way to stop the invasion.

Along the way they encounter a lifetime supply of nightmare-inducing, richly imagined monsters. Grover’s own quest to find the lost god Pan, meanwhile, provides a subtle environmental message. Percy, nearly 15, has girl trouble, having become something of a chick magnet. One of Riordan’s strengths is the wry interplay between the real and the surreal. When the heroes find Hephaestus, for instance, he’s repairing a Toyota, wearing overalls with his name embroidered over the chest pocket.

Review:

I knew I would really like this one from the title. I think mazes make for great stories and I also love the Greek Mythology of the labyrinth. I have noticed that the more I like the original myth, the more I like Riordan’s retelling.

I was so happy that Annabeth got to lead her first quest. She has become much stronger throughout the books and it was great to see her lead. Yes, they were difficulties and times she needed others to help her, but that is what leading is sometimes. She wasn’t perfect though. Her jealousy of Rachel got annoying very very quickly.

I liked seeing Percy’s powers get stronger in this book. He finally seems to understand what he can do and is willing to use it. His compassion for others is also shining through in every instance, which is a great quality in a hero. He is willing to give people a second (or sometimes a third) chance to do what is right. He refuses to draw the line at good or evil, even though he could easily be vengeful. It may come back to haunt him, but I think it is an important quality for a hero.

Seeing him spend time with his half-brother also showed more to his character and showed that Percy is smarter than he seems. I wish we had been able to see more of Tyson in the series.

There is a twist in this books that I did not see coming at all. I was very impressed because I saw twists in previous books way before they happened.

I also thought the environmental message was said in a way that was subtle and didn’t was not pushed too hard, but did a good job of saying that it is up to all of us to keep the earth a healthy place to live.

I thought this story was told very well and I really look forward to seeing how the series ends.

 

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4 Responses to “Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan”

  1. I’m so glad there’s such a great series out there that young boys will like.

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