The Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, is just as riveting as the other books. If you're a fantasy fan, or interested in Greek mythology, and you haven't discovered Riordan's books, you're missing a wonderful treat.
I always read the Percy Jackson books quickly, and, in a state of anxiety. Percy's adventures always make me nervous for him and his friends. Good characters do die in these books, so, although Percy has to go on for a couple more books, there are no assurances any other characters will.
Percy's fourteen, and attending orientation at one more school before he leaves for Camp Half-Blood. As usual, with poor Percy, school's disrupted when monsters attack Percy and his friend, Rachel, have to run for their lives. Rachel Elizabeth Dare is a very unusual mortal who seems to be able to see through the mist, and recognize monsters. Despite her ability, Rachel isn't a half-blood, and Percy's ready for summer vacation at Camp Half-Blood, the retreat for children who are half-mortal, children of the gods.
When Percy and his friend, Annabeth, arrive at camp, they discover that Luke, the rebel, is trying to locate Daedalus' workshop in the labyrinth, in order to bring the monsters through to destroy Camp Half-Blood. For Luke, it's one more step in the uprising against the gods, in an attempt to overthrow Olympus and bring Kronos back to power.
The Battle of the Labyrinth is another fascinating book in the series. As in any good fantasy, it has a terrific battle scene. It marks the return of old friends, Percy and Annabeth, Grover and Tyson, Rachel and Nico de Angelo, as well as old enemies. It also introduces a wonderful pet who, I'm sure, will be returning, Mrs. O'Leary, the hellhound. My biggest complaint about the Percy Jackson & The Olympians books? Now, it will be another year until Percy returns.
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The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. Hyperion Books for Children, ©2008. ISBN 978-1-4231-0146-8 (hardcover), 361p.