The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)Hot
Considering that I started this one yesterday in the evening, I’m so grateful that the Percy Jackson books are such pageturners or else I wouldn’t have finished this review for today. Now that I’m thinking on it, I was definitely flipping pages in The Titan’s Curse faster than ever before. This series is really starting to pick up speed for me. I flew through it at pegasus speed. Or something like that. Anyway, with The Titan’s Curse, I definitely feel like the stakes are starting to get much more intense, just like I’d hoped.
The tone of this series subtly shifts a bit more to the dark side in The Titan’s Curse. The comic relief’s still there of course, but everything’s a bit more dangerous and the comedic elements might be slightly more spaced out. There’s also more of an overarching plot to this one than in previous installments, which had breaks for games and little adventures. Now, it’s pretty much all about advancing the larger plot of the impending war against the titans and the prophecy that might be about Percy.
The Titan’s Curse comes with yet another prophecy delivered by the Oracle. In this one, the reader learns that one of the five selected for this quest will die, killed at the hand of their father, and that one will be lost. Umm, hello tension. If you want me to be invested emotionally in the outcome, letting me know that someone will most definitely be dying by the end of the book is a good way to do that. Plus, Annabeth is in jeopardy, which is not cool bro. In the previous installments, I felt like everyone was safe, but now I was really questioning which member of the questing team would bite the dust, thus the intense reading speed.
As with The Sea of Monsters, there continues to be great character development. In the previous one, Percy discovered new depths to Clarisse, who is sadly lacking form The Titan’s Curse. However, he does get to meet some new characters. Plus, he’s able to forge a new understanding of Dionysus, which I think was sorely needed and all the more touching for how much of a dick Mr. D was throughout the series. It’s not like anyone really becomes someone different and changes intrinsically, but they’ll let a little of their better side shine through and I really love that. It’s not like Percy will suddenly be best friends with someone he misunderstood but they learn to respect one another and form alliances. It’s cool. Oh, also super curious to see what becomes of Thalia, because she could basically do anything at this point. Oh oh, also also very glad to see Grover getting to really do some stuff and be less of a silly sidekick.
There’s a whole bunch of new characters introduced, and they’re pretty much all winners. Obviously, my heart was immediately charmed by Bessie, the sea cow monster thing, and Blackjack, the pegasus shown on the cover. How much do I love that the pegasi talk like they’re from New York? So much, and I don’t even know why. I wasn’t so sure initially how I felt about the new heroes, Bianca and Nico, but by the end both won me over. They will do such interesting things. Then there’s Zoë, a Hunter, who’s kind of a mean girl, but also awesome. The way that Riordan ties all the plot threads together by the end was little short of masterful.
Finally, I do think I see the ship starting to like trim sails or whatever nautical jargon means getting ready to leave the dock. Like, there’s the school dance at the beginning and it’s like they’re still a bit too young for romantical feelings, but things do seem to be changing. The fact that Aphrodite is watching Percy and Annabeth like her own personal reality TV station is basically my new favorite thing. I expect major cuteness, please. Pretty much the only issue I had with this book was that there was not enough Annabeth.
The Final Verdict:
Basically, I am ready for the next book, but unfortunately the ebook has not been made available to me by my library, and I can’t read the copy I bought because traveling. Much sad. There better be shipping and death and pegasi.
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.
After arriving at Camp Percy has dreams of Annabeth in great danger while the leader of The Hunters, Zoe, dreams of Artemis imprisoned. Percy and Zoe beg to go rescue their trapped friends but only Zoe, Bianca, Grover and Thalia are chosen to go. Unsurprisingly Percy sneaks along in hopes of saving Annabeth. The group travels across America following in Artemis' trail and run into Luke and his army while fighting off fierce monsters. Luke's army is now being led by a mysterious figure known only as The General.
In the previous book, we learn of a prophecy stating that a child of The Big Three would either save Olympus or destroy it by their sixteenth birthday. Initially, it was thought to be Percy that the prophecy spoke of but when Thalia was revived by the Golden Fleece everything changed. During their adventure, both are tested to see what they will do, especially Thalia who is only a week away from turning sixteen.
This was a great book just like the others, filled with adventure, mythology and mystery. I loved learning more about the prophecy. I also enjoyed the new myths that it referenced.
The third novel in the Percy Jackson series picks up a few months after the conclusion of The Sea of Monsters. Thalia has been resurrected due to the healing powers of the Golden Fleece and she, Annabeth and Percy are on a quest to find and protect two suspected half-bloods, Bianca and Nico di Angelo. But the routine mission goes wrong, and Annabeth is kidnapped by Luke’s forces. Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt, goes searching for a mysterious creature who Luke has recruited, but disappears. Percy is sure the two events are connected and the camp Oracle gives a furtive prophecy and quest which foretells the death and doom of several demi-gods as well as Artemis’ hunters. Percy, who is not invited on the quest, secretly tags along in order to find and protect Annabeth. What Percy and his friends discover is even more frightening than they had imagined.
Rick Riordan’s books just get better and better with each novel. The plot of The Titan’s Curse was astounding and left me perched on the edge of my seat. Percy had been plagued by dreams which were actually events he was watching as they occurred. Sometimes, this technique where the protagonist dreams important information could get a little dry as Percy’s dreams are not really explained, they just happen. I always just assumed Percy’s prophetic dreams were an extension from his powers from his father, Poseidon, but Riordan never elaborates on it. Despite the very obvious dreams, Percy, of course, is too dense to understand them. Once the dreams’ meanings were revealed, I almost threw the book at the wall. The last few chapters of the book were panic-inducing and so mind-blowing.
I should explain my comment about Percy: while he is a great protagonist and so funny and heroic, he reminds me a lot of Harry Potter. Harry is without-a-doubt the most ignorant and slow-witted character in middle-grade fiction in that he has absolutely no clue as to what is happening before it is too late. Many fans and readers even make jokes about Harry’s terrible perceptibility. Percy’s mannerisms and personality evoke Harry. Percy is still a wonderful character, and on the fast-track to becoming a favourite of mine, but Zeus, that boy can be dumb.
In The Titan’s Curse, we are introduced to two more Olympian gods, Apollo and Artemis, who were fantastic additions to an already incredible ensemble. Apollo was so hysterical; I laughed so hard at his jokes and haikus that I had stitches at my sides. I’m really excited to learn more about him in his own series, The Trials of Apollo. Artemis, who has always been my favourite Greek goddess, was a remarkable character. I loved her wit, personality and strength. I was particularly intrigued by her decision to present herself as a twelve year-old girl. Artemis’ Hunters were also phenomenal and fierce. I’m so thankful that Riordan included them in the novel. I always love reading about young girls who are strong and capable, performing such amazing feats.
The Tiran’s Curse was a fast-paced adventure-fuelled novel that I could not put down. The world-building increased and improved, the characters were marvellous and the central villain is getting closer to rising once more.
The Lightning Thief review: https://thebookcorps.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/the-lightning-thief-by-rick-riordan/
The Sea of Monsters review: https://thebookcorps.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/the-sea-of-monsters-by-percy-jackson/
As the characters grow older, I feel that they change. Not a bad change, but a change all the same. I like this new shift and it makes me like them even better. Rick Riordan is such an amazing author, if he ever came to Australia, I would by a ticket for the next plane to whatever city he visited. And when I saw him, I would scream, all because he is such an amazing author.
*previously posted on my book blog, Most Important Letter*
The Titans Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release date: May 1, 2007
Age genre: Youth fiction
Sexual content: Were fine here.
Profanity: All clear.
Violence: Still fighting battles, Percy, eh? Well, then, I guess well expect some action.
Other notables: Nope.
Genres: Greek mythology, adventure
L: This was actually a pretty intense book, surprisingly. Usually I think of the third book in five-book series droll, but this brought a whole new round of surprises.
The Titans curse & think about it. Do you know any famous Titan with a curse?
Copy: Paperback, borrowed from friend
Rating: 4 out of 5 letter blocks
These books are magic. Every single one of the Percy Jackson books drew
me into the plot and the characters. I cannot set these books down!
Rick Riordan is a wordsmith and I highly recommend these books to not
just teens, but adults as well. I'm going to recommend these to my mom. I
know she'd love them!
As I was reading through the first four
books, I can't help but draw some similarities between the Percy Jackson
series and the Harry Potter series:
1. Both Percy and Harry have
a mentor: Chiron and Dumbledore, respectively. They give their
protegees advice, especially on their different quests.
has Ron and Hermoine, Percy has Grover and Annabeth. Each of their
friends joins Harry/Percy on their journeys and helps him.
Percy and Harry each have a "safe place" that they go to. For Harry,
that place is Hogwarts, and for Percy it's Camp Half-Blood (whose name
reminds me of the 6th book of the HP series).
4. There are
prophecies told of both boys. Harry's prophecy is that he must overcome
Voldemort or he will be killed by him. Percy's prophecy is that when he
is sixteen years old, he will either destroy or save the world.
Speaking of prophecies, there is a prophet in both series: Professor
Trelawney and the Oracle. Even though Pro. Trelawney's prophecies rarely
come true, she is the one who spoke Harry's prophecy.
and Tyson are similar characters. They are both huge: Hagrid being a
giant and Tyson being a Cyclops. Another similarity between the two is
that they like strange animals. For example, Hagrid is fascinated by
dragons and Fluffy, and Tyson is enamored with Blackjack and those of
7. There is an object of invisibility in each series.
Harry has his cloak of invisibility, and Annabeth has her hat that when
wearing, one's body is invisible.
8. A similarity in The Battle
of the Labyrinth that I noticed was the storyline about Kronos. When
each member joins his cause, he gets a piece of his body back, until
eventually he is all fit together and has a physical body. This reminded
me a lot of Voldemort. Because after he was nearly destroyed when he
tried to kill Harry, he had to rely on others to get his full body back.
For example, Professor Quirrel in The Sorcerer's Stone allowed
Voldemort to attach himself to his body.
9. Voldemort split his
soul into (I think it was) seven horcruxes. This is almost exactly what
Daedalus did when he created his five automatons.
I'm not sure if
these similarities are intentional or not, but throughout reading the
series I sure found a lot of them! I'm not saying that this series is
not as good because of the parallelism, it's just that I wish Riordan
would come up with something new and different that we haven't already
read in another series.
An aspect that I enjoyed about these
three books is the growing maturity of the three main characters: Percy,
Annabeth, and Grover. Toward the end of the fourth book, Grover took
the lead of the satyrs and told them what they should do to protect the
wild. Annabeth said "Grover seems to be growing up." Percy and
Annabeth's relationship gets more complicated with the return of Rachel
Dare in The Battle of the Labyrinth. Annabeth becomes jealous and angry
at Percy. But the maturity isn't so much that it's unrealistic. They
make mistakes just like humans and they learn from them.
thing I'd like to mention about these books is that even though there is
darkness and sadness in them, there is also plenty of humor. I have
laughed so much during these books, which is rare for me because most of
the books I read don't have original humor.
The third book in the series does not disappoint. With Thalia back, things get a bit easier going on missions - until Annabeth is taken by the enemy. With two mysterious new halfbloods, Artemis and her hunters, a rescue mission, and the Titan Atlas - the Hoover Dam and some flying bronze statues - this book will never get boring. From Chapter 1: My Rescue Operation Goes Very Wrong to Chapter 20: I Get A New Enemy For Christmas, this book is a hilarious one you won't want to put down.
This is book 3 in the Percy Jackson series. Percy, Thalia, the daughter
of Zeus, and Grover are stunned to learn that Annabeth has been taken
by Kronos' followers. They team up with Zoe Nightshade, and Bianca Di
Angelo (Immortal Hunters) on a quest to find Annabeth, and the Goddess
Artemis who has also been taken prisoner.
Bianca and Nico are
brand new characters, and half blood's who have no idea who their Godly
parent is. It is interesting how it all turns out. Percy is involved
with a major prophecy as well. A child of the "big three" will either
destroy or save Olympus when they turn 16. It could be Percy, Thalia,
or someone else they don't know about yet.
There are so many twists
and turns in this book, that I could not put it down! It is my favorite
in the series so far. I loved the new characters, especially Zoe, and
it was so interesting to read about all of the new monsters and Gods,
and Goddess's they meet along their journey. (I love Apollo!)
Another awesome book in this wonderful series! I am pretty sure it is getting up there with Harry Potter!;)
Percy is still up to his half-thought out tricks and has now gained enough confidence to get himself in trouble. There's plenty of action and fighting with good descriptions that make the scenes real in a middle-schooler's mind, but by now we're starting to see the pattern--Percy gets kicked out of a school, has to save the camp, fights lots of monsters and postpones the destruction of the world. As repetetive as it is, his telling of events always comes across as honest and sincere as only a kid who struggles through school can be.