The Battle of the Labyrinth Book Review

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.

–back cover

Other books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5

Book 4:

The Battle of the Labyrinth

by Rick Riordan

 

And so we have come to book four. Well, as with all Percy Jackson books, this one starts with a quest: Kronos’s armies are ready to launch an attack and Camp Half-blood is their target. However, they’re in California and the camp is in New York. To transport an army of monsters across the U.S in a short time isn’t easy to do using any human methods and that’s why Kronos has decided to use the Labyrinth of ancient Greek myth . Like all of the myths, the Labyrinth moves with Western civilization. Now it lies underneath the U.S with countless doors and passages leading up to random spots all over the country. It’s always growing, always changing, and impossible to solve– unless you have a map. With Kronos’s armies on the move, Percy and his friends must go deep into the labyrinth and find its creator, Dedalus, before Kronos does, in order to get the only thing that can lead you through the Labyrinth, Ariadne’s string. Without it, it could be months until Kronos gets to Camp Half-blood, and that’s time the campers cannot afford to lose. Unless they have time to prepare, they’ll without a doubt fall to Kronos’s armies and without their demigods, the real gods, and all of the civilized world, will fall too. Percy’s on a mission not only save his friends but the very essence of progress, in what may be he most dangerous quest yet.

This book really makes up for the gentle lulling plot of the last one. It’s action packed. Really. Percy gets to pull some awesome moves against some great monsters and I absolutely love it. The only bad thing about this book’s plot is that during the course of events the characters seem to forget their motives, and when they remember them, they are overstated as if to prove that, yeah, this is why we did all this stuff all along. Nevertheless, Riordan has crafted a Greek wonder. The labyrinth takes Percy on the ride of his life and I happily joined him. We are brought all over America, to places teeming with monsters to lonely islands inhabited by banished gods. There is drama, tons of action, and as always Percy’s hugely humorous narration to go along.

Characters new and old are brought into play. Some of them, such as Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a girl who can see through the mist (the veil that protects mortals noticing from monsters) will infuriate you to no end, in a very good way. Others, like Nico, will have you begging for more. The story moves quickly, coming to a very climatic end, which as usual, will have you begging for more. There is so much packed into this book, I’m surprised that Riordan managed to keep it condensed and well-paced. He never goes on too long about anything or drags things out unnecessarily.  There were  only a few times where Percy was inside the labyrinth and I wanted him to do something else. But it’s like book reads me because just as soon as I felt that way, the scenes would change and I’d be unable to put it down again.

Percy Jackson has always kept me well entertained and there are some scenes in here that will make you want to seriously cry. Either from laughter or actual sadness. I love Percy’s spirit, values, character– everything. In fact, out of all the books I’ve ever read, if I could chose one person to come to life, it would be Percy. Not just because he’s a demigod, but because he is so well written, so entirely human, that you cannot help but wish he was your friend.

This book was definitely worth the year I had to wait for it and the day I spent reading it. In fact, it’s always worth the time I spend reading it. Every. Single. Time.

 

Ri’s Rating:

QQQ.5/QQQQQ
3.5/5


0. Couldn’t get past chapter one for fear of wanting to kill myself. Book induced suicide…

1: Yuck. Ew. Below Average. Probably didn’t even read the middle and skipped to the end.

2. Ok. Would’ve been better if I’d written the ending and everything else.

3. Not bad at all. Very enjoyable. Quite nice. Recommendable.

4. My kind of book. Near ideal, but something was a little off (annoying names, bad ending, that sort of thing).

5. WOW. Makes me wonder why people watch T.V when this is out there. Really liked it. Don’t expect to see this often.

6 and above. What I want my book to be.

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  1. Wow, nice job with all the reviews!

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