If you read my previous reviews, you’ll know how much I love this series. I’ve got to say that say that the battle of the labyrinth is my favorite book in the series for now. I do not know if I’ll like the last book in the series more than this one though.
Here is my review of the previous books in the series: The Titan’s curse
Here is my review & discussion about the fourth book in this amazing series.
*Although there are spoilers from previous books*
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.
“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;
And the child of Athena’s final stand;
Destroy with a hero’s final breath;
And lose a love to worse than death.”
What a book! First of all, I want to say that it was definitely better than the previous book in the series. To be honest, the previous book (The Titan’s curse) is my least favorite in this series, but even that it was amazing. If you want to know more about my thoughts on the previous book, go check out my review. This post is about The Battle of the Labyrinth.
As always, Rick Riordan kept me reading until late at night and I just couldn’t put the book down. I feel like his writing is getting better and better. He just knows how to keep an action-packed story with a war coming up and still make us laugh. I mean, that’s a gift. Like his other books, he manages to throws some sarcasm that we all love!
It’s fun to see those characters we love grow up through every book. They are growing up, but in a way they are still the same guys we meet at twelve. I mean, they change (like everybody), but they stay true to themselves and they will always be there for each other. And as usual, the plot was full of surprises!
I said this before and I’m saying it again; even though this series is classified as a middle grade, I would re-read this a thousand times (okay, I’m exaggerating but you get the point). And if you don’t know already, I definitely recommend it.
After finishing the last book, I was a 100% sure that Rachel was going to come back in this book or the next. And she did! Although I didn’t expect to see her as soon as we did. I don’t know exactly how I feel about her yet. I don’t hate her, but I don’t love her either. I could love her if she wasn’t messing with Percabeth. She definitely adds some tension in my ship, but I have faith that she’s going to help them again so we’ll see.
After meeting Rachel, Percy and Annabeth go back to camp and we learn that there is a new sword master; Quintus. I was doubtful of him ever since he was introduced. I knew he wasn’t what everyone thought he was. But I never expected him to be Daedalus. I thought he would be Luke’s spy or something…well, he was on his side for some time, but then he redeemed himself so that’s fine.
Also, Nico is back and he got some serious ghost problem. I really like Nico, even though he hated Percy and all (I forgave him). He’s even more mysterious now and I’m really interested to see what he’ll do in the next book. One thing that a lot of people don’t notice about him is that he is really brave. Maybe even as brave as Percy. He went in the labyrinth alone (the ghost doesn’t count) and he even tried raising the dead. And that takes a lot of bravery; although I’m glad he didn’t raise the dead. And at the end, he chose the right side.
Last thing I want to elaborate on is the battle at camp half-blood at the end of the book. Epic! That is the best word that could describe the fight. How everyone was fighting even though it was pretty clear that most of them couldn’t make it and then Briares comes. And he kind of blew up the place!! And Grover screamed and the monsters were scared so they ran away. That part was quite funny. I imagined Grover screaming and I thought he was going to crack his voice or something. Anyway, amazing scene and a nice way to end a quest (not for the half-bloods though).
For this book, I have two favorite scenes that I can’t decide which one I like best. The first one being the kissing scene between Annabeth and Percy because I’m a total romantic freak. I totally didn’t expect it to happen and it was kind of sudden and when it happened, my mouth was wide open. The second scene is when Poseidon comes to see Percy at his birthday. It was just so cute seeing Percy getting excited to see his dad. And when Tyson said “Dad” and Paul looked at Percy’s mom like “What?”. It was priceless. And also when he said that Percy is his favorite son!!!!! I was just so proud of Percy.
When Percy had to clean the stables (at the ranch)
Percy exploding the Mount and possibly waking Typhon: I still want to know more about this monster.
When Percy kills Poseidon “favorite” son: Why did he think he was the favorite? Percy is!!
Their escape from the labyrinth with wings!
Luke is Kronos: So now apparently Luke is Kronos? I wonder if when you kill one of them, the other will die.
The battle at camp half-blood