The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school.
“The next Harry Potter” a blurb on the back says. Little did I know that I could take that literally. The Battle of the Labyrinth is almost as entertaining as the previous Percy Jackson and the Olympians books but some plot lines and scenes seem to be copied a bit too liberally. Good thing there are smaller plot lines that make sure it doesn’t feel like a complete rip off.
Percy’s growing closer to his feared sixteenth birthday (there is a prophecy about it), but before that plenty of things happen to distract him. Kronos is becoming stronger, traitors and old friends pop up and then there’s Annabeth and the growing discomfort between them. Because heck, what does a fourteen year old half-god does with those weird feelings?
Rick Riordan goes full out on mythology again, mixed up with contemporary USA and teenage issues. It’s fun, fast and easy-to-read. I’m ready to be surprised with the final book of the series.
The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan, Hyperion Books 2008