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The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4)

Press: Perfection Learning (April 7, 2009)
ISBN:9781613831120
Author Name:Riordan, Rick
Pages:361
Language:English

Content

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 diabolical.
In this latest 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 them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth--a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.
Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

Review

The fourth and penultimate volume of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the best one yet. 
Here, 14-year-old demigod Percy must find a way to thwart Kronos's plan to reassemble his body and rally the evil forces of the underworld.
Percy, quest-partner Annabeth and mortal Rachel Elizabeth Dare enter the Labyrinth and encounter all manner of wondrous beings: the vampiric empousai, snaky dracaenae, Laistrygonian giants, Calypso, the Sphinx, a Hundred-Handed One, Hephaestus, Daedalus and Kronos himself, newly transformed.
Riordan keeps Percy busy falling in love with Calypso, battling evil Antaeus, causing Mount St.
Helens to erupt and finding the long-lost god Pan in a crystal cave in this romp that rivals Rowling for inventive, magical storytelling.
The often-philosophical tale zips along with snappy dialogue, humor and thrilling action, culminating in a climactic battle between gods and Titans.
This volume can stand alone, but no reader will be able to read just one.
Look no further for the next Harry Potter; meet Percy Jackson, as legions of fans already have.
Kirkus"The battle starts, literally, with an explosion and doesn't let up.
After Percy destroys the high school band room battling monsters called empousai who have taken on the form of cheerleaders, he has to hide out at Camp Half-Blood.
There, Grover's searcher's license is going to be revoked unless he can find the god Pan in seven days.
An entrance to the Labyrinth has been discovered, which means that Luke, the half-blood turned bad, can bypass the magical protections and invade the camp.
Annabeth insists that she must follow a quest to locate Daedalus's workshop before Luke does.
Percy is disturbed by visions of Nico, the son of Hades, who is summoning forth the spirits of the dead with McDonalds Happy Meals.
Percy, Grover, and Percy's Cyclops half-brother follow Annabeth into the maze not knowing if they will ever find their way out.
Riordan cleverly personifies the Labyrinth as a sort of living organism that changes at will, and that traverses the whole of the United States.
Kids will devour Riordan's subtle satire of their world, such as a Sphinx in the Labyrinth whose questions hilariously parody standardized testing.
The secret of Pan is revealed with a bittersweet outcome that also sends an eco-friendly message.
Like many series, the "Percy Jackson" books are beginning to show the strain of familiarity and repetition.
However, the overarching story line remains compelling, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers breathless in anticipation of the fifth and final volume.
SLJ"Percy Jackson, the half-blood son of Poseidon, enters the mythical Labyrinth with his friends Annabeth (daughter of Athena), Tyson (a Cyclops), and Grover (a satyr)-originally to help Grover locate the missing god Pan, but as their explorations continue, they uncover a plot by the evil Titan lord Kronos to invade Camp Half-Blood.
The melding of Greek myths with modern-day settings remains fresh and funny in this fourth installment in the series, in which Percy seeks the help of the inventor Daedalus and battles monsters throughout the ever-shifting maze.
Close loyalties among the foursome strain at times (Percy has started to grow into a chick magnet, a fact that upsets Annabeth) but never break as they defend their camp and draw nearer to the foreshadowed showdown against Kronos and the renegade half-blood Luke.
Horn Book"Percy Jackson's fourth summer at Camp Half-Blood is much like his previous three-high-octane clashes with dark forces, laced with hip humor and drama.
Opening with a line for the ages-"The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school"-this penultimate series installment finds Percy, Annabeth and the satyr Grover furiously working to prevent former camp counselor Luke from resurrecting the Titan lord Kronos, whose goal is to overthrow the gods.
When the heroes learn that Luke can breach Camp Half-Blood's security through an exit from Daedalus's Labyrinth, they enter the maze in search of the inventor and a way to stop the invasion.
Along the way they encounter a lifetime supply of nightmare-inducing, richly imagined monsters.
Grover's own quest to find the lost god Pan, meanwhile, provides a subtle environmental message.
Percy, nearly 15, has girl trouble, having become something of a chick magnet.
One of Riordan's strengths is the wry interplay between the real and the surreal.
When the heroes find Hephaestus, for instance, he's repairing a Toyota, wearing overalls with his name embroidered over the chest pocket.
The wit, rousing swordplay and breakneck pace will once again keep kids hooked.
PW"

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About the Author

Rick Riordan is an award-winning writer of adult mysteries. 
For fifteen years he taught at middle schools in the San Francisco Bay area and in Texas.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demi-god, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006.

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From AudioFile

Speedy introductions of familiar and new characters and previous plot summaries may briefly confuse a new listener, but fans will savor them. 
It's not long before Percy Jackson, half-god son of Poseidon and a mortal mom, learns of his fourth mission: searching the Labyrinth for a way to stop Kronos's plan to unite the evil forces of the underworld.
Jesse Bernstein is on target whether he's narrating blow-by-blow accounts of Percy's sword fights or inventing cameos for various other characters: Hephaestus, who repairs a Toyota; an aged Daedalus; and Grover, Percy's slow-witted sidekick.
Bernstein is just as skillful at wringing humor from the witty dialogue and from the contrasts between the modern and ancient worlds.
In Percy's world a half-god can summon the dead with McDonald's Happy Meals.
S.W.
© AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     When I ordered this book I was expecting the red cover like in the images. I was looking specifically for that cover because I have the first 3 matching books....I did not get the red cover...what I got was the image I attached. Very unhappy.

  •     Leaving for vacation rentals in my case it was the best of the day and time for you are doing great in a couple days

  •     Gret tween book series!

  •     It is a great book whit a great writer it is a fun book whit adventure and a great plot seriously read it

  •     My son recommended these and after some convincing I started reading them and can't stop. If you enjoy these AND are an adult you'll love the dark hunter books by Sherilyn Kenyon.

  •     quick shipment, quality as described

  •     This is the best book ever. I rated it 5 star because it is a really good book and if you like action, surprises,and Greek mythology,this is,the best book you will read, I promise. If you are reading this Riordan, I encourage you to make more Percy Jackson books or hero's of Olympus books because I think kids with big dreams will love them, and when I say love them, I mean LOVE LOVE LOVE them. This book(as well as the others) has lots of humorous chapters. It also teaches kids and people about Greek mythology. This book, I wish it was real,it is so realistic, it will make you believe camp half blood exists,it will make you believe that Percy lives in Manhattan. Maybe it does.

  •     5..exciting book

  •     I really recommend you read this, just do it. This series and the others by Rick will blow you completely away!

  •     That was full of excitement and thrilling mystery. It was very full suspense and kept m on the edge of my seat th while time. So much happen in this book you have to read it.

  •     This is my favorite Percy Jackson book so far, though at the time of writing this,I'm haven't read The Last Olympian.

  •     This books keep getting better and better, don't they?I want to make this brief and spoiler free, just in case someone who hasn't read the book reads it.I am 13 years old and hard to please in the reading department, really, the books that have always caught my attention are those of adventure and fantasy (for example Harry Potter) and this book has it.After reading The Titan's Curse I believed the books couldn't get any better, and I was proved wrong.The Battle of the Labyrinth is amazing, it has a lot of fighting, some interesting things about Greek mythology that I never knew about, a little romance (We all know we're just waiting for Percy's and Annabeth's friendship to evolve into something bigger!), funny stuff and much more!!We get to see more of characters that had disappeared (*cough* Nico *cough*) and meet very interesting new people!I highly recommend this, and if you're reading this then there's two things you can do:1. If you haven't read the book then what the hell are you waiting for? Go get it!2. If you have read this book then buy the next one! It's what I'm gonna do right now!

  •     One of the best books in the series, plot story and characters are all great, as well as the drama in it too. Would definitely recommend a buy.

  •     Having read the first four novels in this series, this is my second favorite in the series so far, following book 1.I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series. However, I felt that books 2 and 3 were rushed and full of minor errors. And I also grew fatigued from Rick Riordan's formulaic plots, cheesy one-liners, and Percy's naivete that caused me to feel that I was reading the same book over again.That being said, I accept these books for what they are: pure fun and adventure targeted at a very young audience. In this entry, we pick up the story of Percy Jackson, son of the sea god Poseidon, on his quest to stop the rise of the Titan Kronos. Riordan successfully ups the stakes and causes the reader to feel that the lives of our heroes are truly in danger. We even see Percy mature quite a bit as he's offered several tempting choices that could derail his quest and ultimately his destiny.This was a worthy installment and I look forward to seeing how the series concludes.

  •     My 11 yr old daughter loves this series and asked me to read it with her. I found myself reluctantly enjoying these books. I like the hidden morality lessons and the mythological component, which has inspired her to learn about the Greek gods independently. There is a romantic component between the characters which I could do without, but it's all PG and nothing too hot and heavy. Violence is a component of the books but it is limited and not graphic at all.

  •     Each new book that I read in this series is better than the last one. This is probably because I'm getting to know the characters a little more each time, and I have some back stories about them to reflect on from the previous books. As usual I'll try to keep my thoughts spoiler free.Rick Riordan has once again cleverly entwined the mythical world of demigods into the modern world in such a great way. I really liked the concept in this book. The Labyrinth is an amazing setting and is so mysterious. It's a place that has so many possibilities and potential for adventure, that I hope we haven't seen the last of it.Percy is once again on a mission that is full of danger and humour, to stop the baddies from passing through the Labyrinth and into Camp Half-Blood. Aside from the main characters, a number of others have carried over from the previous books. They have added some interesting new sub-plots to keep an eye on and I'm guessing that these characters will have pivotal roles in the next book. I have to say, that I found Nico quite annoying, but I put that down to clever writing that has created a character that is triggering my emotions. No doubt, the next book will build on his story and I will hopefully understand why he is like he is, and why he annoys me so much. Privately, I'm also suspicious of one/more character/s, but I'll let the next book prove me either right or wrong.The Battle of the Labyrinth is another great instalment in the Percy Jackson series. I'm keen to get straight into the next and final book to see if everything turns to rotten eggs, or if the world will survive. I'm confident I know which ending it will be, but it's the journey that fills the books that we love to read, not just the ending.

  •     Urrrrrrgggg!!!!!!! I am rereading this series, and because I know what will happen, I am so frustrated that some things did not happen in this book!!!!! This book was great, and I loved it, and I almost CRIED when I finished it because it ended on a cliffhanger!!! Then I remembered that I had already bought the last book and I was okay again! This book is a must read, and if you have not read the beginning of the series yet, drop everything you are doing right now and START READING!!!!!!! I recommend this book and this series to anyone who can deal with suspense, loves a good action novel, and can enjoys modern Greek mythology. SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!!

  •     great book

 

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