May contain spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books.
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: May 5th 2007
Length: 312 pages (Hardcover)
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
The Titan’s Curse is the third installment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians-series, and I have to say it’s my favourite so far. Percy and the gang is getting older and older, and with their growing age, the tone of the series is also becoming a little bit darker. They’re not quite there yet, but the time is soon up, and the fate of the Olympians must be decided…
If you have been here before and read my reviews on the previous books, I can tell you that what I said about the series there, is still true in The Titan’s Curse. I mean, who are we kidding? It’s Percy Jackson, so of course the story was funny, thrilling and lovely. No need to get into more details on that. ;) If it happens that you haven’t read my reviews before, I suggest you click these links: The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters, and check them out. That is, if you’re interested, of course :).
Anyway, there were a few things other than the usual stuff, that I think made me decide to love this book more than the others, and I thought I would tell you a bit about those instead of going on and on about things I have already said:
- Annabeth’s absence. Don’t get me wrong! No, no, no! I hated that she wasn’t as present as she usually is, but the fact that the plot moved towards her being reunited with Percy…I mean the others (heh), drove me to continue reading. I was really excited at the end and could barely put the book down the last few..five or six…chapters. It wasn’t just because of Annabeth, though, the whole thing was awesome!
“I know you’ll do what’s best for Annabeth.”
“How can you be sure?”
“Because she’d do the same for you.”
- The Pegasi. God I love those dudes…especially Blackjack. I think it’s hilarious how all the horses call Percy either lord, or in the Pegasis’ case, boss.
“I uncapped the blade, flung open the door, and found myself face-to-face with a black pegasus.
Whoa, boss! Its voice spoke in my mind as it clopped away from the sword blade. I don’t wanna be a horse-ke-bob!”
- Thalia. I like being proven wrong and when I learn to like characters over time. In the beginning, I really disliked Thalia. I felt suspicious towards her and didn’t like that people turned to her instead of Percy. In the end, though, I began to understand how things looked from her point of view, which is something I feel all of the Percy Jackson-books have been trying to teach me. It was kinda the same thing with Clarisse in The Sea of Monsters. I like when books affect how I perceive the world and the people in it, so big plus!
- We got to see A LOT more of the gods, which is never a bad thing ;).
“Wow,” Thalia muttered. “Apollo is hot.”
“He’s the sun god,” I said.
“That’s not what I meant.”
Soo, the more I read of these books, the more I wish I had gotten my hands on the series back when I was twelve. It would have been so awesome to grow up alongside Percy and slowly watch him become the hero he truly is meant to be, but I take what I can get. ;)
Anyway, awesome book if you like humour, action, greek mythology, friendship and excitement. :)
Time for Quotes!:
“In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you’re walking away from a bus that’s just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it’s raining on top of everything else, most people might think that’s just really bad luck; when you’re a half-blood, you understand that some devine force is really trying to mess up your day.”
“Where’s Chiron!” I shouted.
How rude.” Mr. D took a swig from a jug of grape juice. “Is that how you say hello?”
Hello,” I amended. “We’re about to die! Where’s Chiron?”
“I wondered if maybe I should’ve sent Poseidon that seashell pattern tie
for Father’s Day after all.”