The Titan’s Curse
When Rick Riordan suggested the idea of an adolescent geeky demigod who fights ancient demons, some people were probably laughing and rejecting the idea as a ludacris. Ten years later, after 45 million sold copies and a feature movie, nobody laughs anymore. Except Riordan. He managed to assemble the world that is based on the stories that are around literally for thousands of years, and makes them so unique, fresh, as they are heard for the first time. He did it with “The Lightning Thief” and “The Sea of Monsters”, and he definitely did it with “The Titan’s Curse”. In this third part of the epic saga, Percy has to rescue his friend/love interest Annabeth Chase, who was kidnapped by unknown villain along with no more no less than Greek goddess Artemis. Again, Percy will have help from his friendly group if outcasts who embark on a dangerous mission. What is really great with this novel is how it easily immerses into the fantastic, yet somehow sidestepped world of Greek mythology, with gods, monsters and heroes constantly popping in and out. If Rick Riordan and ancient Greeks had one thing in common, it was the immense talent for storytelling. References concerning well-known and beloved stories are numerous, as well as the humor which comes often at the unexpected places and knocks down reader off their feet. Rick Riordan hit it again and Percy Jackson is still going strong. This novel will not be a waste of time or money.
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The fourth installment of the epic saga “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” takes place both in the literal labyrinths and the labyrinths of mind. Kronos decided that there is no more time to waste as he sets for the Camp Half-Blood in order to deal with The Olympians once and for all. In order to prevail in the battle with the powerful enemy, Percy Jackson and gang have to found their way through the mazes and traps of labyrinth created by Daedalus, and persuade him to help them instead of Kronos and another familiar face Luke Castellan. Which side will be more successful in finding Ariadne’s string is to be found out. In this battle, Percy and the Olympians have to fight with their own demons. This is especially the case with Nico, who finally gets more time to be portrayed honestly and a reader gets to explore his relationship with his sister a bit further. Annabeth and Percy continue their long stretch of love shenanigans, with Annabeth taking the lead of the gang perhaps for the first time. However, the character who steals the show this time and make us forget the Olympians for a while is definitely mysterious Daedalus, whose past seems to be richer than most of other characters’ combined. For the first time in a long time, The Olympians are complete, save for the Thalia, who is somehow abandoned in this part. All in all, this novel presents a nice follow-up to the previous three installments and it promises great fun, but also makes reader think. Riordan can not miss for now.