Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: March 6, 2008
Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, 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.
Each Percy Jackson book is better than the last, which means that The Battle of the Labyrinth is my new favorite in the series. I know, I’ve only said that about, um, every other book.
This was the strongest so far for a couple of different reasons. First of all, a Labyrinth filled with life threatening obstacles is just plain fun. The maze at the end of the Triwizard Tournament in the fourth Harry Potter books was one of my favorite moments of the series, and the Labyrinth in this book had a similar energy. The challenges they faced were all interesting and kept the book moving forward.
Second of all, we’re finally starting to get answers to some questions that have been boiling away since Riordan dropped hints in the first book. Annabeth and Percy finally admit they have feelings of some sort for each other, Kronos gets himself together – literally, – the mysterious Pan is finally found, and the second titan war begins. Those are a lot of loose ends to tie up in one book!
As always, the characters are really what draw me into the Percy Jackson stories. I wasn’t super keen on Daedalus, but Nico’s become one of my favorite characters of the entire series and I’m SUPER eager to see how his story plays out in the last book. I’m ready for the last one!