THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH (Book 4 in Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school.” –Percy Jackson

            From the back of the cover:

            “Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, 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.

Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan.

A young adult's Greek myth-based urban fantasy.

            Battle of the Labyrinth yanked me underground—not physically, of course—and I was holding my breath wondering what was around the next corner. Who would attack my good friends? What kind of denizen did they have to fight next? Also, then there’s the Arena duel, yeah, that was interesting.

            Already in his freshman year, Percy is beginning to learn things he will need in future battles. Plus, he’s getting so much closer to that specific age mentioned in the prophecy. A prophecy about some Half-Blood child of one of the Big Three (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) bringing the destruction of Olympus.

            I kept telling myself through this underground trip that every prophecy has more than one interpretation—while I kept turning the pages. As always, Riordan lived up to the expectations of his previous books in the series. This book should have its own movie just like the first two. In fact, I am of the mind that they should do a reboot of the entire series. But, I’m also content with simply reading for it’s just like watching a movie in your head.

            I felt like I was watching a virtual movie, standing right there among these young heroes. For young adults and older adults too, this Greek myth, urban fantasy could be one of your favourites.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH.

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