BOOK REVIEW: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

This review does not contain spoilers.

percy jackson4 battle of hte labyrinthHonestly, blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted to do.

As the son of a Greek God, I’ve had my share of near-death disasters—and now my arch-enemy Luke wants to invade our camp via an ancient labyrinth.

If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it’s goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond …

The Titan’s Curse brought a new darkness and maturity to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Now, in The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan flings the reader into an almost adult book, delving deeper into Percy’s emotions and the consequences of every move that he makes.

I’ve been shipping Percy and Annabeth since the beginning and, even though they’re still working out how they feel about everything, there is some definite development in that area. The way it’s delivered is so realistic it makes me want to smack Percy in the head. He reminds me a little of my brother in some aspects.

Honestly, this has been my favourite book in the series so far. The humour and joy that these books bring is still there but it’s now a bright spark in a much more serious world. The staples of Camp Half-Blood and the appearances of the Greek gods remain but they’re almost pushed slightly to the side, making way for the difficult journey that Percy and his friends undergo in this book. The Labyrinth and all it offers puts more than just their demigod powers to the test. Everyone’s integrity and fortitude is tested in turn, making for some beautiful character development.

 

The verdict

I could have happily drowned in this book. The Battle of the Labyrinth has cemented my love for Percy Jackson and the Olympians and for Rick Riordan as a writer. This is a great penultimate book in the series and I can’t wait to read The Last Olympian to see how it all ends.

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