Percy Jackson and the Olympians Continues to be a Blast | Review: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

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Me, everyday for the rest of my life: Okay WHY DIDN'T I START READING RICK RIORDAN'S BOOKS SOONER?


When Percy Jackson gets an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he will need his powerful demigod allies at his side, his trusty bronze sword Riptide, and… a ride from his mom.

The demigods rush to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two powerful half-bloods whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The titan lord Kronos has devised his most treacherous plot yet, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.

They’re not the only ones in danger. An ancient monster has arisen — one rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus — and Artemis, the only goddess who might know how to track it, is missing. Now Percy and his friends, along with the Hunters of Artemis, have only a week to find the kidnapped goddess and solve the mystery of the monster she was hunting. Along the way, they must face their most dangerous challenge yet: the chilling prophecy of the titan’s curse.

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan 
Rating: ★★★★★

“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear through the search.”

Reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians at long last was the best decision I could have made. Continuing with grand tradition, the third installment, The Titan's Curse is the best yet. Thoroughly adventurous, engaging, and full of snarky mythology, Rick Riordan proves that his rich world-building and cast of intriguing characters was only just getting started.

This third installment introduces more of the over-arching mythology, familiar faces, new and old threats of danger, and a batch of new characters for good balance. The Titan's Curse, of course, dives into the central plots that the series has followed thus far including the prophecy and the lingering dangers it could bring. Back are the usual suspects of heroes, enemies and Gods, and that feeling of exhilaration.

Percy, Grover and Annabeth take center stage as always--despite the fact that Annabeth is missing for most of The Titan's Curse, these three are the series core. With the addition of recently resurrected Thalia, this installment doesn't waste any time to develop itself further. The Titan's Curse is at its best in its moments of emotion and action, dangling a brand new mystery in front of our eyes in the form of Bianca and Nico.

My personal favourite parts of the novel were the scenes in which the prophecy came into play, and all that it could mean, as well as the added layers that Thalia introduces now that she is no longer a tree. I loved the new characters, too, and what it means for future installments. Bianca and Nico offer a new layer to the mythology, Thalia finds her path in the world, Artemis and her hunters extend the mythology even further and more.

The Titan's Curse is everything I want out of a good story. Fantastical. Full of mythology. Great characters. Greater conflicts. Coming of age moments that surprise you. Compelling and emotional. Rick Riordan's world is rich with colour, adventure, hope and fear, gorgeously written, and what dreams are made of. My biggest regret is not having read this series--or Riordan--sooner.

Can't wait to read book four!

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