I have yet another review for a book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I read the majority of this series during my week off, curled up in my new favourite reading space, a hammock.
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth progresses the story of Percy and his friends, as they enter the dark ever changing mythological Labyrinth, to find its creator. In this book we also meet a couple of new mythological people including Hera and Calypso.
In this book we learn a little more about Nico, who while not a main character is clearly becoming more important as the books go on. Percy is dreaming about what Nico is up to and the readers are only seeing small snippets of what Nico is doing.
Grover accompanies them on Annabeth’s quest hoping to find the Great God Pan, this leads to the group splitting up and Tyson continuing to travel with Grover despite the issues that Grover has been struggling with regarding his experience with Cyclopes’.
The above challenges allow the characters to demonstrate their growth, and in this book we see that they are starting to mature. In this book Percy is about to turn 15 and the other characters are of a similar age. This is reflected in some of the themes that the book addresses.
Rick Riordan writes this book in a way that keeps supplying mysteries to the reader, even the end of the book ends with a mystery which encourages you to read the next book as soon as possible (i am very glad that the series was complete by the time i first read them!). I also like the way that Riordan has introduced more and more of the Greek gods to the readers in each book. It helps to ensure that the reader is not overwhelmed or trying to keep each god straight in their head.
One of the themes in this book is overcoming your fears, this book allows Grover to confront more than one fear. He not only ends up facing his fear of Cyclopes’, which is very rational, he also has to face the fear of being underground. He accepts that these fears are something that he had to face to be worthy of his search for the god Pan.
This book also addresses the theme of growing up, we see the characters develop their relationships and their feelings. Grover has become more mature and he recognises that his bravery could lead to a great reward. The characters also have started having romantic relationships. This helps to demonstrate that characters are becoming more mature and are growing as happens in real life.
The fourth book in the Percy Jackson series finishes with a high amount of tension and I could not help but feel that the ending was bitter sweet. Throughout the book you start to become more nervous for the characters and worried for if the characters will come through to the ending of the book.
I am giving this book 4 stars, I have loved reading it and it did sweep me up into the mythical world,