The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Also by this author: Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse
Published by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Children's Books
Read in: June 2015
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Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.
I have enjoyed the first three books in this series so I am slowly making my way through all of the book so I can get to the spin off series. I have to say that with the other books they felt really young to me and almost too child like. I know I know this is a children’s/middle grade series but I guess I was expecting it to be more like Harry Potter where the books matured as they went along, even though Rowling has since stated that she didn’t like that she didn’t keep her dark series more middle grade over the years. I am happy to say that with this book I finally was happy with the maturity levels in this one.
I felt this book was very similar to the others as far as plot goes. We know that the big bad Titans are still trying to make their way out of their cages and fight against the gods. Nothing is really new with that but I did like seeing Percy in this book more so than the others. I felt that he was finally growing up and starting to think a little more about the quests he went on and what was expected of him with the people around him. I really enjoyed that Riordan let Percy grow and let him start to get his first sparks of love and jealousy. I highly enjoyed Annabeth in this one as well because she was finally showing him what she really wanted. She is growing as a character as well and I can’t wait to see what plays out with their slow burning romance.
I also have to say that I enjoyed the character growth in this one. This book really focuses on what every major player wants and how far they are willing to go to get what they want. Each person in this book really shines and stands up for what they in particular believe in. I just love the growth in this book as well as the additional characters. I feel that everything is finally coming together and I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book.