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The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) Hardcover – May 6, 2008
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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. The wit, rousing swordplay and breakneck pace will once again keep kids hooked. PW"
The battle starts, literally, with an explosion and doesn't let up. After Percy destroys the high school band room battling monsters called empousai who have taken on the form of cheerleaders, he has to hide out at Camp Half-Blood. There, Grover's searcher's license is going to be revoked unless he can find the god Pan in seven days. An entrance to the Labyrinth has been discovered, which means that Luke, the half-blood turned bad, can bypass the magical protections and invade the camp. Annabeth insists that she must follow a quest to locate Daedalus's workshop before Luke does. Percy is disturbed by visions of Nico, the son of Hades, who is summoning forth the spirits of the dead with McDonalds Happy Meals. Percy, Grover, and Percy's Cyclops half-brother follow Annabeth into the maze not knowing if they will ever find their way out. Riordan cleverly personifies the Labyrinth as a sort of living organism that changes at will, and that traverses the whole of the United States. Kids will devour Riordan's subtle satire of their world, such as a Sphinx in the Labyrinth whose questions hilariously parody standardized testing. The secret of Pan is revealed with a bittersweet outcome that also sends an eco-friendly message. Like many series, the "Percy Jackson" books are beginning to show the strain of familiarity and repetition. However, the overarching story line remains compelling, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers breathless in anticipation of the fifth and final volume. SLJ"
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. Kirkus"
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The characters were all great and consistent to themselves which is always important, and there was nothing inherently wrong in the plot of this book but it just failed to launch for me. There wasn’t really any stakes or any moments I didn’t feel like things weren’t just being prepared for The Last Olympian.
I do wish Riordan would slow his writing down though. I’m fully aware this is a middle grade book but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp in detail. There was such little detail a lot of the time in favor of skipping from one thing to the next to the next. It doesn’t ruin the story by any means but it sure does make it feel more shallow than necessary.
Those are really my two main gripes. I think the Percy Jackson series is incredibly fun though, and I can’t wait to see where it’s going in the final book. 3 stars.
This one had wonderful moments in it, starting with the battle Percy has with monsters resembling cheerleaders. He is going to yet another new school, poor Percy, when he is attacked by empousa. It was great to see Rachel Elizabeth Dare again and to find out more about her.
Another moment I enjoyed in this book is Hera interacting with half-bloods.
My favorite new character moment was the introduction of Janus the Roman God of two faces.
The interpretation of the labyrinth from the myth of Jason was wonderful and I loved how they found the way to navigate through.
It was great that two strong female characters Annabeth and Rachel took center stage in the action in this book. I just hope the jealousy that the writer has started does not go on too long.
Calypso's introduction was the best I hope we see more of this punished Titan.
Another great moment is the gang using wings from the Icarus tale and it plays wonderfully for the reveal of who Daedalus is at the end.
I cried at the death of Pan for myself and also for Grover who had searched for so long.
I loved that Nico finally chose a side he is becoming one of my favorites.
The great battle at the end was incredible. All the great moments and then the arrival of the Hundred Handed One, and Grover's amazing new power.
So many incredible moments in this book and it sets up so much to come in the final.
I know I can not mention everything I love about this book but I hope I said enough to indicate how great it is.
I want to make this brief and spoiler free, just in case someone who hasn't read the book reads it.
I am 13 years old and hard to please in the reading department, really, the books that have always caught my attention are those of adventure and fantasy (for example Harry Potter) and this book has it.
After reading The Titan's Curse I believed the books couldn't get any better, and I was proved wrong.
The Battle of the Labyrinth is amazing, it has a lot of fighting, some interesting things about Greek mythology that I never knew about, a little romance (We all know we're just waiting for Percy's and Annabeth's friendship to evolve into something bigger!), funny stuff and much more!!
We get to see more of characters that had disappeared (*cough* Nico *cough*) and meet very interesting new people!
I highly recommend this, and if you're reading this then there's two things you can do:
1. If you haven't read the book then what the hell are you waiting for? Go get it!
2. If you have read this book then buy the next one! It's what I'm gonna do right now!
Top international reviews
I'm going to start of by saying you would never, ever find me in the Labyrinth. That things sound scary. Not so much the monsters you encounter, but the fact it's forever changing and alive in some ways.
I absolutely love this series and this book definitely did not disappoint.
I thought I'd completely called a twist after a certain dream scene of Percys and was all chuffed with myself then was absolutely gobsmacked when the actual twist turned out to be even more impressive.
Riordan is just a brilliant writer. Even in pretty dire situations he seems to find a way to bring humour into it without taking away from the seriousness of the situation! I was also really glad we got to see Rachel Elizabeth Dare again. I mean, we only met her very, very briefly in the last book but I had a feeling we'd be seeing her again and I'm glad it was so soon and in such a big way!
One thing I could of done without was the nearly superficial love triangle that Percy found himself in. I mean, him and Annabeth had enough problems getting together with Luke and mass drama of nearly dying every page without another problem but it worked weirdly enough in the end.
I finished this book to only go straight onto the next. I just couldn't wait to find out what happened!
Percy is a boy who happens to be half god, or a half blood as people like him are known. His father is Poseidon, king of the oceans, and because of him Percy can control the waters and the things that live in the water.
When Percy first discovers about his half blood origins he is at Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for heroes of the new Olympus. Olympus is alive and well in the 21st Century and situated in a magical quantum way in and around America, the new seat of world power.
Each book unfolds a quest which Percy and his friends must go on to save the world, and the Olympian Gods from destruction. In this volume, the power of Kronos, the evil Titan Lord grows even stronger, and he sends his hordes through the new version of the minotaur's labyrinth to try and destroy Percy, his friends and all they stand for.
I love these books. My children love these books. They are funny, clever and ingenious. I love the way Rick Riordan marries the classic Greek myths to the modern world and makes the stories fit so seamlessly it appears as if they were meant to be like that all along. I love the fact that as well as being complete page turners, the stories are thoughtful and the characters are well developed. The overarching plot line of Kronos and his dark army is inspired, and makes each quest more rich and interesting to read about than if they had been standalone adventures.
There is one more book to go in this series, and my children and I cannot wait to read it together. I've been reading the books out loud to my six and ten year olds and they actually beg me for more chapters. If my voice would hold out all day, they'd have me reading all day. Wonderful books.
Well, if he is, he's a fool. A game of capture the flag leads to the discovery of an entrance to the mythical Labyrinth, and thus a back-door entrance into camp. Which certain enemies, like say Kronos, Lord of Time and King of the Titans, may use to destroy the camp.
And so, another adventure begins for Percy and his friends, who must delve into this maze of wonders, terrors, monsters, friends, foes, and everything else inbetween. Including a monster who really needs to up her personal hygene levels and a friend who has more arms than you can count.
In this, the penultimate volume of the series, Riordan neatly sets up his dominoes, while also making the story fun, exciting, and compelling to read. Like the rest of the series to date, you won't be able to put this book down (which I learned the hard way).
This bus the fourth book in the Percy Jackson and The Olympian Series by Rick Riordan. Percy, Grover and Annabeth continue their adventures - this time, Annabeth leads a quest to navigate a deadly labyrinth to find someone who could help stop Luke and his evil minions from invading Camp Half Blood. The team face numerous challenges including a three-bodied man in an evil ranch, the ,goddess Hera, a giant son of Gaia, a hideous and deadly ancient monster, and a malicious king holding a centuries old grudge.
The team also encounter Nico D'Angelo who is still bitter about the loss of his sister and intent on bringing her back regardless of dangerous consequences. Interestingly, we see Percy exposed to potential romantic interests in this book in the form of Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a gifted mortal girl; Calypso, daughter of a Titan; and of course , Annabeth.
Between the exciting adventures, surprise twists, teenage angst and Riordan's consistent humor through all the Olympian Series, this book is a great read that will keep you entertained for a long while.