Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Titan's Curse

Once again, during a break from school, Rick Riordan sends Percy Jackson on a quest to save the world and the Greek gods. The Titan's Curse, the third book in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, is just as inventive and exciting as the first two.

When the story opens, Percy, the half-blood son of Poseidon, has teamed up with Annabeth, Athena's daughter, and Thalia, the daughter of Zeus, to rescue two half-bloods at a military school. Half-bloods, children of one mortal parent, and a god, are often children who are loners. Arriving at the school, the three young heroes meet their satyr friend, Grover, and the two children, but they find their plan foiled when the vice principal turns into a monster, grabs the kids and awaits reinforcements. Help arrives in the form of Artemis and her Hunters, but Annabeth is lost over a cliff along with the monster.

Returning to Camp Half-Blood, the Oracle prophesies that five will go on a successful quest, but only three will return. So, Percy and his friends must find a way to reach the other coast in order to save Annabeth, and thwart the plans of the monsters and Titan's who are attempting to make a comeback.

Riordan does an outstanding job with Greek myths and creatures. He brings the stories to life, as viewed by young people. And his heroes? Young people who have trouble in school, outsiders. With only one mortal parent, they often are living with a stepparent. On breaks from school, instead of going home, they travel, have fights, live on their own, and successfully defeat the enemy. There are rewards and thanks from parents and other adults (gods) at the end of the trip. Life doesn't run smoothly. People die, but it's for the greater good. Rick Riordan has messages for his readers, but they're coached in enjoyable story format.

Rick Riordan's The Titan's Curse is another successful book in the series. It's a series to give to anyone, child or adult, regretting the last of Harry Potter.

Rick Riordan's website is www.rickriordan.com

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan. Hyperion Books for Children, ©2007. ISBN 978-1-4231-0145-1, 312p.

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