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Book Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth + The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan


The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 361 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 6th 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Labyrinttitaistelu”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
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.


It took me awhile to review The Battle of the Labyrinth. I honestly didn’t remember that I hadn’t reviewed it yet but then I was scheduling some posts for October and saw it in my drafts.

You gotta love Tyson– our Percy Jackson softie. He loves his brother a lot and he’s just naive but in a cute way. Tyson is a cyclope and many people is afraid of him but him? He’s afraid of Grover because of his hoofs and horns. Also Grover’s goat hair makes his nouse itchy.

You know when there’s a popular series and everyone seems to love certain character but you just can’t no matter how much you try? Annabeth Chase is  one of those characters to me. I just find her humor annoying at times and I just prefer Rachel to her. It sometimes feels like Annabeth has feelings for Percy but the next second she’s doing everything she can to defend Luke. I just don’t understand why she can trust him so easily after everything but sees Rachel as something evil. I was so annoyed when she thought she was too smart for the questions and got offended, like her friends’ lives were at stake.

This was a reread but I was so shocked about the information about how Annabeth came to be. I didn’t remember that at all.

I feel for Nico. He’s so young and he has lost so much. He’s another character I just want to hug and keep safe. All in all he and Tyson really made me like this book so much. I also liked to see Percy in that Island.

Rating
3.5 stars

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 381 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2009 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Jumalten Sota”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.
While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.


I feel bad for not liking The Last Olympian more since most people give it like five stars. I lowered the rating from 2017 to three stars. The whole book just felt like one huge battle scene and there was not enough Tyson or Nico to my taste. I enjoyed reading the last book for this series but I just felt like it lacked something and while I love fantasy– I rarely enjoy fighting scenes. I was kinda disappointed how the prophecy ended after all the books waiting the big finish.

Rating
3 stars

1 thought on “Book Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth + The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan”

  1. Yes! Another person who loves Nico like I do! I think the fourth book is my favourite book. Well, just any book that focuses on Nico (I’m pretty sure Rick said he was wanting to write a Nico-centric series, which I’m really hoping will happen).
    I think I loved the Heroes of Olympus battle scenes more? Maybe because they have more control over their powers or because they’ve trained more, I don’t know.

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