by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”—Percy Jackson

            From the back of the cover:

           “All year the Half-Bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing that the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and Half-Blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

            While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

            In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.”

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. The conclusion to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

            The Last Olympian is an epic conclusion to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series—yes, that did feel like a mouth-full to me too. But it’s true. This finale will have you laughing and crying—if you don’t cry, then you’re either a tougher individual or simply have no heart, which I would suggest at that point for you to go visit the Emerald City and, specifically, a certain Wizard.

            When I joined Percy and Annabeth and everybody else in the last days before Kronos’s return, I was holding onto the edge of my seat. I had no idea what to expect honestly. So many twists had happened already in the plot of the previous books. Riordan does a good job of not being cliché.

            I mean, it could be perceived as just another battle, just another adventure, of some young hero who has to face fearful odds. But what better way to stand?

            Yes, there will be pain. Yes, people will die—it’s war. But you’ll appreciate the ending.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: THE LAST OLYMPIAN.

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