Thursday, September 20, 2007

Book Review: The Titan's Curse


The Titan's Curse
Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 3
by Rick Riordan

When Percy, Thalia, and Annabeth sneak in to Westover Hall boarding school to help Grover retrieve two half-bloods, they encounter a deadly Manticore. Annabeth is thrown over a cliff, and the others barely survive with the help of Artemis and her Hunters. When Artemis goes on a dangerous mission, she orders her hunters, all immortal preteen girls, to take sanctuary at Camp Half-Blood. But when Artemis disappears and the Oracle makes a new prophecy, a combined group of Hunters and Half-bloods go on a quest to find and rescue Artemis before it's too late. But the prophecy predicts a grim future. Who will be lost in the land without rain? And who shall perish by a parent's hand?

The Titan's Curse breaks little new ground, but it's just as fun and clever as the previous books in the series. Filled with excitement and Riordan's trademark humor, it's a book sure to appeal to kids and adults. The Titan's Curse did do more to convey how disconcerting it would be to have an Olympian god or goddess as a parent. All the normal parent-child issues are magnified, and how can you have a close relationship with a being who is so much larger than life? Even when Poseidon compliments Percy, it's an uncomfortable, awkward moment. Even with all that, though, and in spite of the danger, one can't help but feel it would be cool to be a half-blood.

9 comments:

Susan said...

I think when my son is a little older, he is going to like these books. Thank you for the review! Rick Riordan is coming to a book festival nearby soon, and I hope to hear him speak.

Sheila said...

That sounds great. I'd love to hear Rick Riordan speak. I hope you son enjoys the books when he gets older.

Ms. Yingling said...

I need five copies of each of Riordan's titles, and even that wouldn't be enough. It's great to see the students loving a book that was clever, fun AND aligned to the curriculum. We're thinking of getting class sets of The Lightning Thiefl Imagine-- teachers assigning a book children like. What progress!

Sheila said...

LOL. You're right, ms yingling, that really is progress!

Charley said...

I really enjoy this series and look forward to introducing my newphew to it when he gets a bit older. I like that it gets me interested in researching the actual myths of the Greek heroes. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

Sheila said...

I'm sure your nephew will love the series, Charley. And I agree that it did make me want to know more about the Greek myths on which it is based.

Anonymous said...

In fact, this is one of my favorite book i have ever read. Im age 13 and i have read, Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, and i just finished Titan's Curse. i suggest that everyone reads this book because it is and amazing book, and not just for teens. Older people will also enjoy this book.

Anonymous said...

Okay I have got to say this books is awesome!! I have read the Sea of Monsters and I just finished The titans Curse! I sooo cant wait for the next one!!!!! Thanks Rick for writing these awesome books!!!!

ansh said...

when a book is awwesome, i know it and this book is simply incredible.