It’s not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…
Rating: 4.75 stars
Eeeeep!! This was such a great installment to the series.
The Titan’s Curse is the third book in this series and picks up about half a year after the second. This is the first time that the book is set in the Winter, which I liked because it didn’t leave such a big leap in between quests like the others. The action gets started pretty much immediately.
The plot for this was great, but my favorite thing about it was all the new characters. We got a ton of new mythical creatures and gods (like Apollo, Artemis, Atlas, Aphrodite, etc.) but we also got so many new half-bloods written into the story. Thalia, the daughter of Zeus whom we have heard so much about throughout the first two books is finally one of the big characters. Then we also get new comers Nico and Bianca. I underestimated their importance to the story line but boy was I wrong. Additionally, I really Zoe and her character development throughout the story.
OK, so back to the plot. This one felt super similar to the first book in the sense that the quest is leading the kids across the country. They come across a lot of trouble but this time it’s less to do with happenstance and more to do with Krono’s growing army. I think that the reason I enjoyed this so much was because we’re finally really getting into the nitty-gritty of the upcoming war between the Titans and Olympians. I’m practically on the edge of my seat waiting to see the outcome of the brewing battle.
Some of the plot did take me for a ride on the Sad Train because 1) Annabeth is kidnapped very early on and even though I knew that Percy would save her, it was weird to not have her a part of the story in the way she usually is, 2) Bianca!!! I mean…. I get why Riordon had to do what he did but… did you have to break my heart that way? and 3) Nico!!!! No, he’s not dead but he lost his sister and now he’s a son of Hades and is all alone in the world and my heart just aches for him (even though I know he will be able to hold his own just fine). This book was definitely one to pull at my heart strings.
Overall, it’s much like the other books so far in the series. It’s quickly paced, action-packed, and completely enthralling. I loved it just as much as I loved the first, and that really means something. I’m stoked to finish up the series with the next two books.