Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4), The

Rick Riordan
As an incoming freshman, Percy isn’t expecting his high school orientation to be any fun.  But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends will set out on a quest through the Labyrinth—a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2017-01-02
Still an enjoyable read, but I felt this book was a bit of filler before the conclusion. As usual, there's another quest and another thing to accomplish. I thought it was an interesting take on the myth of Daedalus, Icarus, Minos and the Labyrinth. Interestingly, the other players of the story (Theseus, the Minotaur, etc.) don't really affect the story (although I guess what happened to the Minotaur might affect its ability to do much).

One thing that I really liked about the Percy Jackson series is how the mythical world and the real world are intertwined, rather than being two very separate worlds ala Harry Potter. Nothing wrong with either way, but it makes for really amusing interpretations for various things (half-bloods not going to San Francisco, weird things always wash up in Miami, the entrance to the underworld is in Los Angeles, etc.)

Overall though, it's a fun series to read and I look forward to its conclusion.
Reviewed: 2016-02-06
Not one of my more favorite Percy Jackson books, but still good. I found the Labyrinth to be tedious and it was exhausting by the end. A lot of action which was good, but you could just feel Percy and Annabeth's fatigue. I didn't like the way Annabeth talked to Rachel but it's so obvious Annabeth is jealous even though Percy deeply cares for her. It's such a boy thing to miss the point of them not getting along. I can't wait to reread the next book. I know it was my favorite overall.
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