Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fifth and final installment of author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series opens with the franchise’s eponymous protagonist, Perseus “Percy” Jackson, in his stepfather Paul Blofis’ car, with his pegasus Blackjack coming to take Percy on a mission to defeat the resurrected Titan Kronos. Percy regularly dreams throughout the book’s events, initially about battles in an underwater palace against the sea Titan Oceanus going poorly. He visits Camp Half-Blood, somewhat empty due to the war, and receives a prophecy that causes him to fear his death is imminent.

During the book, Percy receives the help of the hellhound Mrs. O’Leary, with the final chapter of the series regularly delving into Luke’s past, with Luke having become Kronos. A door into the Underworld Percy and his friends discover underneath Manhattan, with the party hoping to enlist the help of Hades in the war against the Titans, although the god of the Underworld quickly incarcerates Percy, and he ultimately dives back into battle, with Morpheus having put the city’s residents to sleep so they would be oblivious to the current war.

Several more battles conclude the book, along with a few important twists towards the end, with the last book in Riordan’s series generally being enjoyable, with plentiful mythological action alongside the aforementioned turns in the narrative, not to mention occasional self-aware humor. There are occasional stylistic choices with which I disagree such as not segregating Percy’s frequent dreams to separate divisions within each chapter, although I very much enjoyed the final Percy Jackson book, and would both gladly read other series occurring in the same universe by Riordan and recommend this particular entry to those who liked its precursors.

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