Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Titan's Curse

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The third installment of author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series sees the franchise’s namesake protagonist, Perseus “Percy” Jackson, starting school at Westover, a military academy, with his satyr friend Grover sensing half-bloods, Nico and Bianca di Angelo, who are immediately in danger, although the goddess Artemis leads the Hunters to stave off the monsters that arrive. Annabeth disappears, with Artemis’ brother Apollo soon arriving, and taking the others to Long Island, where Camp Half-Blood is empty during the wintertime then; there, a council transpires with the ultimate decision to rescue Annabeth.

Afterward, Percy flies the pegasus Blackjack to Washington, DC, where Dr. Thorn from Westover being there, Neptune’s son following his friends that ride the Erymanthian Boar to New Mexico, after which they go to Hoover Dam and then San Francisco to find Annabeth’s father Dr. Chase, who provides some assistance in seeking his daughter. After Annabeth’s fate is settled, a council occurs at Mount Olympus that hovers above the Empire State Building, with a celebration and a return by Percy back to Camp Half-Blood, with the third book ending with a sequel hook and maybe a surprise or two.

Overall, I enjoyed the third Percy Jackson book to be a fun ride across America with plenty mythological action and occasional self-aware jokes (at which the chapters’ titles very much hint), although I didn’t care much for the occasional toilet humor. Granted, there are a few similarities to previous titles in the series such as the disaster that strikes when Percy begins a new boarding school, and as with before I often found it troublesome to imagine the appearances of the various dramatic personae, not to mention the Greek deities, but there are occasional hints of their clothing, and on the whole, I would definitely recommend it to those who liked its precursors.

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