The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!

Battle of the Labyrinth

 


I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it keeps flooring me just how much I still love and enjoy these books! As you can see I’ve read them more than once, and without giving too much away, I was in my mid 20’s the first time I read them. So to still love them, and experience that childish glee while reading them in my 30’s, to me that’s a huge tribute to Rick Riordan and his wonderful writing.

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As the title suggests, this all takes place in the labyrinth. Yes, The Labyrinth with the Minotaur. In this 4th book of the series, the stakes seem higher than ever before, old traditions and rules are broken, and we get to meet some of the creatures that’s been forgotten for a long time.

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It’s been another hectic time both in and outside of camp. Percy is supposed to attend another mortal school, but when it turns out the cheerleaders are vampires with donkey legs, he declines and goes to camp instead.

“A Vampire!” I stammered. Then I noticed her legs. Below the cheerleader skirt, her left leg was brown and shaggy with a donkey’s hoof. Her right leg was shaped like a human leg was it was made of bronze. “Uhh, a vampire with-“
“Don’t mention the legs!” Tammi snapped. “It’s rude to make fun.”

At camp things are not much calmer. The half-bloods can no longer deny that Luke is trying to bring back Kronos, so everyone is on edge. On top of that, a mysterious half-blood has come to help out camp, and like that’s not enough, there’s a weird gap under the ground that can take you anywhere but when Percy and Annabeth fall down there for a few minutes, it actually turns out they’ve been gone for hours.

Even though, Annabeth has been waiting years to lead her own quest, she quickly learns that it’s not all fun and games. Especially not when she breaks the ancient rule that any quest must have 3 participants. However, as the daughter of Athena she knows that sometimes rules must be broken. So she ends up taking Percy, Grover and Tyson with her on the quest to find Daedalus. Of course there can’t be a quest without a prophecy, so here we go:

You shall delve in the darkness of the endless maze,
The dead, the traitor, and the lost one raise.
You shall rise or fall by the ghost king’s hand,
The Child of Athena’s final stand.
Destroy with a hero’s final breath,
And lose a love to worse than death.

As the 4 prepare to leave camp Percy briefly considers telling Chiron the truth about Nico. With Nico being the son of Hades, there’s a chance that the great prophecy is about him, and not Percy. Percy still feels bad for Bianca’s death in the desert when they went to look for Artemis, and he knows that Nico still blames him. What he doesn’t know is that Nico is so desperate for answers, that he plans on raising the dead.

“He turned it upside down and shook the fries and hamburger into the grave. “In my day, we used animal blood,” the ghost mumbled. “It’s perfectly good enough. They can’t taste the difference.” “I will treat them with respect,” Nico said. “At least let me keep the toy,” the ghost said.”

I have to say, that I absolutely adore the different personalities that is Percy and his friends. I especially enjoy seeing how each relationship kind of grows in each book. I’m not just talking about the core with Percy, Annabeth and Grover, but also the secondary characters that seems to keep piling on in each book; Rachel, Thalia, Tyson and of course Nico. So far Nico seems to be the most complex of the characters, but he gets some slack from being stuck in the Lotus hotel for Hades knows how long, with Bianca, while the world passed them by.

“It hasn’t been easy, you know. Having the dead for company. Knowing that I’ll never be accepted by the living. Only the dead respects me, and they only do that out of fear.”

So what’s left to say? There’s one more book left of the main plot, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out, when the expected clash between the Olympians, their children and the Titan Lord happens

 

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