Battle of the Labyrinth
by Riordan, Rick






Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.






Rick Riordan is also the author of the first three books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; and The Titan's Curse. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.





From its attention-grabbing first line (â??The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another schoolâ?) to the final rumblings of trouble to come, the fourth entry in the popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series follows 14-year-old Percy and his friends as they search the Labyrinth for its creator and battle the forces of evil. Familiarity with the earlier books first is recommended though not entirely necessary. Percy's droll narration of the headlong, nearly nonstop action will satisfy readers looking for adventure leavened with wit, while the stories' classical underpinnings will please their parents and teachers. Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.





The fourth and penultimate volume of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the best one yet. Here, 14-year-old demigod Percy must find a way to thwart Kronos's plan to reassemble his body and rally the evil forces of the underworld. Percy, quest-partner Annabeth and mortal Rachel Elizabeth Dare enter the Labyrinth and encounter all manner of wondrous beings: the vampiric empousai, snaky dracaenae, Laistrygonian giants, Calypso, the Sphinx, a Hundred-Handed One, Hephaestus, Daedalus and Kronos himself, newly transformed. Riordan keeps Percy busy falling in love with Calypso, battling evil Antaeus, causing Mount St. Helens to erupt and finding the long-lost god Pan in a crystal cave in this romp that rivals Rowling for inventive, magical storytelling. The often-philosophical tale zips along with snappy dialogue, humor and thrilling action, culminating in a climactic battle between gods and Titans. This volume can stand alone, but no reader will be able to read just one. Look no further for the next Harry Potter; meet Percy Jackson, as legions of fans already have. (Fiction. 9+) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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