Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Published: March 6th 2008
Format: Paperback, 361 pages
In the fourth installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series,Percy arrives at Camp Half-Blood after running away from a ruined orientation tour of Paul Blofis(Sally Jackson’s boyfriend) school. Percy is suspicious of the new camp sword instructor (Quintus). Percy is yet again swept into another dangerous unexpected quest with another not-so-useful prophecy.The Titan, Kronos, is growing more powerful as more demigods join his side and older monsters continue to stir and awaken. The Labyrinth is to be used as a means for Luke and his army of monsters to get into Camp Half-Blood, if they find a way to navigate the ever-changing maze. Annabeth finally gets the chance to lead her own quest but grows worried that she will fail her friends. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson descend into the Labyrinth in hope of finding the creator of the Labyrinth (Daedalus) before Luke does.
Personally, this book compared to the first three was THE BEST ONE YET!! The Battle of the Labyrinth is darker than the ones before and there is more death in it as well. I couldn’t have stopped reading it even if I wanted to. It ensnares you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go throughout the whole book. There were some new minor gods and monsters. Grover’s character development is amazing, and how he and Tyson manage to get along well in the end is beautiful. My favourite character is Nico di Angelo and he is mentioned in every few chapters making me bounce up and down with delight. I saw how Nico had suffered all by himself, being the son of Hades (the god that wasn’t welcome anywhere besides the land of the dead) and having lost his sister, Bianca, leaving him all alone. Percy is as sarcastic as ever around monsters and gods alike and his relationship with Annabeth becomes more complicated as their feelings grow towards each other but Annabeth might still have feelings for Luke. Rachel Elizabeth Dare who was introduced in “The Titan’s Curse” played an important role in this book by helping with the quest. Both Annabeth and Tyson get to meet their heroes and are at first disappointed by their heroes’ reactions who in the end try to defend the camp against the monsters. The mystery of Pan is finally solved in the book. Dionysus- the god of wine- appears in the end of the book and surprisingly shows an act of kindness towards a demigod and helps Grover with the Council of Cloven Elders. At the end of the book Poseidon visits Percy on his 15th birthday, I found that extremely hilarious because Sally Jackson was very flustered by his visit and I loved it when Poseidon replied to Paul saying:” That’s me, Ancient history.”
In conclusion this book is a MUST for everyone who likes to read. I don’t only recommend it for children and teens, it is equally entertaining for adults as well.
My favourite Quotes:
“A kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” ~Dionysus
“I am nice! I simply ooze niceness, Perry Johnson.” ~Dionysus
“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can’t be fixed.” ~Hephaestus
“Maybe it’s okay to to still be a kid once in a while.” ~Percy Jackson