Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

February 2010, Puffin
368 pages, Paperback
Review Copy

Children's, Fantasy

Mythical beings, frequent peril and tension, touching moments needing tissues.

Summary from Puffin 

Most people get presents on their sixteenth birthday. I get a prophecy that could save or destroy the world.
That's how it is when you're the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, bad things will happen when I turn sixteen - because I'm the one who gets to decide the fate of the entire world. But no pressure.
This is the one where Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Oh, and the dreaded (and not to mention enormous) monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it's me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil . . .

Nayuleska's Thoughts 

There is no doubt that Percy has grown in many ways since he was first aware of being a demi-god. He is no longer phased by monsters cropping up in normal places. Although considering the number of enemies appearing in sight of humans in this book, it's a good thing Percy has experience. It will, however, take more than experience and good fighting skills to beat Kronos. Kronos has access to a large army. The number of campers at Half-Blood Camp has diminished. The ones that remain, well let's just say they aren't all so keen to fight. Percy faces a tough challenge of trying to bring the fractured campers together. That in itself is a tough job. Kronos doesn't pause the war because of the campers' internal conflict. That makes Percy's job look impossible. 

Impossible is a word that frequently sprang to mind as more challenges faced Percy, Annabeth, Grover and the others. Just when I thought things were getting better, another boulder dropped before Percy. This final book has more action, decisions and emotion than even I expected it to have. The relationship between Percy and Annabeth has a few developments, which are quite sweet. My guess about the role of the Olympian was partially correct, and very cool :) The ending has me hoping that there might be more in the future about Percy's life. After all, he is still a teenager. There's so much more to happen in his life. 

Final Conclusion:  Superb end to an amazing series which brings the ancient world to life. 

Be sure to check out the previous books in the series, starting with #1, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

If you're eager for more ancient adventures, be sure to check out Rick Riordan's new series, which starts with The Red Pyramid (I'm currently reading it)

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