Review: “Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth” By Rick Riordan

percy-labyrinth.jpgPercy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
By Rick Riordan
Book #4 (of 5) in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2013
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book #4); Camp Half-Blood Chronicles (Book #4)
Pages: 342
Genre: Young adult Fantasy
Book Type: Fiction
Purchase Locations: Booktopia QBD DymocksAmazon and Kindle Book Depository  Audible

Synopsis

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 instalment 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.

Thoughts

As a reader I find that some books that sit in the middle of a series suffer. They are used as a bridge book from introducing characters in the first few novels in a series to getting to the real meat and action at the end. ‘The Battle of the Labyrinth’ is not one of these books.

I did find it slow at the beginning after the action in ‘The Sea of Monsters’ but once I was around 60-70 pages in I was hooked! This novel does a great job of incorporating myth and legend from the Labyrinth. I loved the introduction of Daedalus! I knew of the mythos of him but I loved his introduction is a mysterious and elusive way.

Most of the plot takes place within the Labyrinth, which I absolutely loved. The Labyrinth was something that I hadn’t had much exposure to in Greek Mythology but I was interested in it none the less.

We also get to see more of the Cyclopes and the Hundred handed ones, whom are fantastical in the myths of ancient Greece.

Rating

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 5/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  3/5

 

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