Percy, Annabeth and Thalia find themselves at the ominous, dark Westover Hall, all the way up in Maine. It looks like an evil knights castle. They are there to find to Half Bloods and bring them back to Long Island and the safety of Camp Half Blood, where children born of one mortal parent and one Greek God parent can hone his or her battle skills and not fear for his life. It was supposed to be quick quest, but, as usual where Percy is concerned, nothing is easy. They are attacked by the evil Dr. Thorn and during the battle, Annabeth is pushed over a cliff.
Aided by Artemis (Goddess of the Hunt) and her warriors, Percy and Thalia do find their half bloods, Bianca and Nico, and bring them to safety. Unfortunately for the characters (but fortunately for us), Artemis is kidnapped only four days before the winter solstice, when it is crucial she appear at the Council of the Gods to talk about the impending return of Kronos who is recruiting half bloods in an attempt to overthrow the gods.
Zoe, Bianca, Grover, Percy and Thalia go on a quest to find Artemis. In the meantime, Percy will be searching for Annabeth as well, because in his dreams he sees her alive, bound in chains. This starts a cross country adventure full of skeletal men, half bloods, Greek Gods, manticores and other dangerous creatures. There are battles, subterfuge, flying Sopwith Camels, sea creatures and enough action to keep you riveted to your seat as you read.
In this third book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the action never ceases. But there is more to these books. They are about friendship and trust and belief. They are about family, be it biological or formed by those you live with. So, read The Titans Curse now because the fourth book has just been released and youll want to get started on that one.