Cannonball 26: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Now, that’s more like it.

The first thing I NEED to say is that this book FINALLY addresses the question of Annabeth’s conception and birth, which has been bugging me ever since book one. She’s supposed to be a daughter of Athena, who was a virgin goddess. And it went down just like I thought it would. You may peek into my brain if you want to know what I thought would be the only way to justify it. Or you could also just read the book.

But on with the review.

After three interesting and decently-written installments in the series, Riordan really hits his stride in Book 4. This book was fantastic; he ties up some loose ends while introducing some interesting new characters and brings back our core group for some gripping adventures and a few twists that were surprisingly worked in with a deft and subtle hand — not something I generally expect in a children’s book. Especially not one written by the author of the craptastic The Maze of Bones.

The Battle of the Labyrinth starts with the usual: Percy getting chased down by monsters at his latest school. But, this time, he’s surprised to find a human girl there who can see through The Mist, which causes humans to see mythical things in a human light (for example, hideous monsters look like human cheerleaders through The Mist). Rachel Elizabeth Dare can see through the mist better than even half-bloods like Percy can — a gift that Percy’s mother also possesses.

After the attack, he returns to Camp Half-Blood and participates in a dangerous game of Capture the Flag, during which he discovers an entrance to the mythical Labyrinth on the grounds. He quickly realizes that Luke Castellan, a former camper and son of Hermes who is currently working for the Titan Kronos, the series’ Big Bad, is planning to use this entrance as a base to stage a sneak attack on the camp.

He and his friends must act fast if they want to save the camp.

There were some genuinely moving moments in this installment, which I can’t really discuss without spoiling the novel. But I will say that I thought these twists were artfully done. I was touched by the humanity given to these mythological characters. Riordan touched on some interesting themes in this novel, including human loss and suffering, as well as providing some super-fun action.

This was hands-down the best novel in the series so far, and if things keep improving in this fashion, I can’t wait to read The Last Olympian.

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  1. […] I’d get right to the point. In the spectrum of Rick Riordan, there’s the good (e.g. The Battle of the Labyrinth) and the bad (e.g. The Maze of Bones). The Red Pyramid, unfortunately, follows in the vein of […]

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