I recently read the third book in the Percy Jackson series: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, published by Puffin Books. I still can’t believe I missed this series growing up–this book was published in 2007 and I would’ve been eleven, the perfect age for it. Still, I find this middle-grade fantasy series enjoyable as an adult, even if some parts are cheesy.
In this exciting part of the series, Percy’s friend Annabeth goes missing, a goddess who reminds me a bit of Lexa from the 100 is kidnapped, and the Titans are trying to take over the world. It’s up to a group of heroes and hunters and one lovely satyr to save the world…again.
I actually think this book is my favorite so far of the Percy Jackson series. It was fun, and though I think there was a slow beginning with a lot of new information, there were plenty of action sequences to make up for it. Much like the first book, the majority of The Titan’s Curse is set traveling west, towards California. However, this time there is a lot more at stake, and we dive deeper into the characters. What I really enjoyed was that because the characters are getting older there are some deeper themes, like grief, love, heartbreak, and family dynamics. (I especially enjoy the hints of a future love or unrequited love). These themes are relatable to any age from ten onwards which made it more enjoyable to read. I loved seeing the characters’ reactions to the themes which have showed how they have grown over the past two years.
Like the other books, the events were always full of action, propelling the characters forward unto the final battle of the book. Though a lot of the big reveals were predictable to me, I think this is only because of an excellent use of foreshadowing, the fact it’s geared towards a younger audience, and because I’m just that good. *hair flip*
I also enjoy what I believe to be subplots that interconnect with the story. For instance, Grover’s quest for Pan is not forgotten, even when he joins the heroes on this new quest and I believe this may play an important role in the future.
Though I loved this book, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few questions. How do these kids remember every word of the prophecy? I’d have to write it down. Why does everyone have a crush on Luke? He doesn’t strike me as that handsome of a guy. Why do they always wait six months to a year to prepare for an impending battle?
I know this is nitpicky stuff, but I want an answer. For that, and just personal preference, this book I’d give four stars out five, which is still a great rating!
The next book is Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth. I predict there will be a minotaur involved.
Goodreads reviews here.
Rick Riordan’s twitter here.
Rick Riordan’s Instagram here.
Teaser Trailer for the Disney Plus series here.