Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse is the third book in the series of Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. In this book, Percy Jackson and his friends try to bring two new demi-gods safely back to the camp but the arrival of the manticore changes everything. The Hunters arrive to save them. Annabeth goes missing along with the manticore as it falls off the cliff. The Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis decides to hunt alone for the deadly monster and ends up in chains. Meanwhile, the Titans are becoming more and more powerful to bring back their lord, Kronos. The quest is upon these powerful demi-gods to free the Goddess in chains, to find Annabeth and to stop the Titans before they could rise the fortress of the Titans, Mount Othrys. Can Percy Jackson succeed in this quest?
I found this book very intense. There were so many plot lines going along the way. So many little details that we would brush off as we read, later ends up having a bigger purpose to it. We get to see many Gods interacting with Percy for the first time. This book had a lot of action sequence, even more than the first book. The humour sense that the author kept in his previous books was still very much present in this one. The former friend turned enemy, Luke was seen in parts of this book. Ares makes an appearance in this book after he was once defeated by Percy in the first book. The connection between Thalia, Annabeth and Luke was portrayed in a believable way, provided they had a past. There was also references to the first book here and there when Percy remembered about his first time he got to know that he was a demigod or when he saw a monster that he had definitely seen before. We also get introduced to a new character named Rachel who is a mortal but can see through the mist. There was also a side plot for Grover in this book and he is really close to finding Peter Pan. Later in this book, we get to know the twelve Gods that are present in the Council. The detailed description of the Olympus was stunning.
“He went on asking questions. Did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn’t answer that one.) If Annabeth’s mother was Athena, the Goddess of wisdom then why didn’t Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)”
-Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
I could not find any cons for this book, because it just keeps getting better and better. The character Luke was annoying but since it had a purpose to the story, I was okay with it. This book portrayed friendship, duty, honour and grief. The prophecy as usual made me figuring out the meaning behind it. The legends behind Atlas, Apollo were mentioned which made me feel even more connected with the story. The plot to the story was very acceptable as Kronos was still growing powers and his army is still undefeated. The conversation between Aphrodite and Percy was very much entertaining. I loved the part when Percy did not like when Annabeth felt pitied Luke. Percy likes Annabeth and it was very much evident in this book. Rick Riordan has a way of blending myth and modern in a believable way which makes it even more captivating.
Rick Riordan is an award winning mystery writer. With his unique story telling ability he captures the attention of young adult readers.
TITLE: PERCY JACKSON AND THE TITAN’S CURSE
AUTHOR: RICK RIORDAN
GENRE: Mythology/Young Adult Fiction