Last week, I covered the first three Percy Jackson books so, this week, I read the last two books in the series. Well, at least, the last two Percy Jackson centric books, you see, Rick Riordan being the genius he is, has continued the Camp Half-Blood series with a whole new cast of characters as well as some of the best characters from Percy Jackson. And guess what? I will be reading those tout suite. But first, back to Percy Jackson.
The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth book in the series and I LOVED it. The whole idea of the labyrinth and how it grows was so intriguing to me. I’ve always loved mazes and the like so having a plot line centralized around something like that immediately gripped me. I was also really interested in Dedalus the creator of the maze and his role in the battle with the Titans. His backstory is so shaded with gray it’s difficult to know whether you love or deplore him and that’s something I absolutely crave in characters. I like layers. Another very layered character who gets good feature in this book is Nico, son of Hades. In fact, I think he is one of my absolute favorite characters in any of the books and even though we don’t get his full story until the next book, the hints dropped in this one kept me very entertained. Something different about this series is that there isn’t a love triangle- it’s more like a love square with difficult choices for both Percy and Annabeth, and I liked that. Even though it’s pretty obvious what will happen eventually, I liked that it wasn’t about one or the other’s choice, they both had to make a choice. It makes for more interesting reading. The Battle of the Labyrinth was definitely one of my favorite books in the series.
The Last Olympian was the final book in the Percy Jackson centered series and it was everything you want to final book to be. Exciting, nail-biting, compelling, sweet, sad, mysterious, and ultimately a happy ending. The battle scenes are by far the best Riordan wrote, the twists were many, and the resolution was more than satisfying, although I still wanted more because it was so good. I love the attention Riordan gave to the minor gods in this book and that is was Hestia, goddess of the hearth who was Percy Jacksons greatest ally in the end. I also absolutely loved the way Luke’s story ended and found the conclusion to be bittersweet and beautifully thought-out. Of course, I was more than happy to see Percy and Annabeth finally acknowledge their affection and over the moon to see the gods learn a lesson or two as well.
I really liked the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Really really. It’s absolutely some of the best YA has to offer and I definitely look forward to reading more Riordan’s work. What are you guys reading this week?