The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Released Date: May 6, 2008
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.
WOW. I have nothing to say about this book—this series—but awesomeness!
Like always, I don’t know where to start with my review.
If The Titan’s Curse was darker, I think The Battle of the Labyrinth was a lot darker with more engrossing twists and turns than the previous books.
The buildup of the characters is in perfect timing. Nico was surprisingly unreadable which I like and I have to say, his power is really, really cool! Rachel Dare, what can I say about her? She’s a very interesting character and she definitely adds a spice into Percy and Annabeth’s relationship.
Although, I have to admit that I didn’t quite felt connected with the few parts especially in the maze or Labyrinth scenes but the enthralling and heightened climax made up for it! I just love the climax and the marvelous twist with Daedalus and Kronos. My eyes literally widened!
Also, I’m so happy that the other Gods and Goddesses were finally included was given a spotlight even just for a moment or two. But I guess my most favorite part about the Percy Jackson series is the priceless wit dialogues even at the most inappropriate situation!
Because of the amazingly crafted climax and twists. I recommend this to those who wants to experience a whole new a refreshing and fun adventure!
Although, I hate it when a series ends, I cannot wait to read the last book in the series, The Last Olympian.