Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.
Rating: 5 stars
This has been my favorite book from this series without a doubt.
So, we’re back to summertime and all hell (underworld??) is breaking loose… again. Truly, when is it not? Things get started very quickly, per usual, and I was even more wrapped up in this book than I was in the first three (which is really saying something).
The characters are great, but they are always great. We’re finally getting a little inkling of romance budding between Annabeth and Percy and I could NOT be more excited. Tyson is back and playing a big role which I love because I adore his character. Grover is usually a more humorous addition to the bunch but I found him to be more serious this time around. He’s still funny though. I’m iffy on my feelings towards Rachel Elizabeth Dare. She has a wonderful personality but I’m upset that she’s getting in the way of Percy and Annabeth’s already slow-building romance ):
So yeah, they were just as fun as they were in the other books, but what I really liked this time around was the plot. We’re in a much different setting than we’ve been in previously. The kids are still traveling, sure, but it’s underground and there’s a lot of things… ensuing. I always love getting introduced to new characters and monsters, which we got a lot of in the labyrinth. There’s a bigger feel of mystery, too, because there’s so much going on. Will Grover find Pan? Will the kids find the lab? Will Nico try to kill Percy? Who’s the Ghost King? What’s the last line in Annabeth’s prophecy? And so forth and so on. All of these things worked together to make this the most fun installment in the series for me.
Overall, I think it was a fantastic second-to-last book. The reveals are shocking and I was practically ready to tear into the last book when I read that Krono’s had taken over Luke’s body. Rick Riordan couldn’t have done a better job getting me exciting for the ending. One more book to go!!!