Title: The Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Puffin Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
How I Read It: Kindle edition from the library.
Synopsis: When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened.
Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans.
Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
* Synopsis taken from Goodreads.
My Review: The Percy Jackson books always delight me, in a similar way to how the Harry Potter series did. We’ve got a cast of characters, set out on a quest to save the world in some way, and wacky hijinks ensue in the meantime. I always find these stories to be engaging and this one had me on the edge of my seat.
One of my favorite things about this series is that each book has its own story, but the overall arch is building towards something, as Percy is meeting more people who become a part of the larger story as well. My only complaint? The books are always too short! I want mooooooooore!!!
This go around, Percy is told to stay put at Camp Half-Blood, and for reasons of his own, he sets out on a journey that runs parallel to the quest to find Artemis. We soon learn that the whole thing is another step in the overall plan of Kronos, which should come as no surprise to anyone who is a fan of this series. The real question, however, is how? What does Kronos want with Percy this time?
The monsters in this one were more ominous to me as well, based on their sheer destructive talent. I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say that one set of monsters are absolutely something I had nightmares about as a kid. So I’m actually really glad this series wasn’t around when I was younger, cuz I’m positive I would have read it and then thought, “OMG, Rick Riordan, are you READING MY MIND?!?”
Character wise, I was particularly intrigued by the way Percy is evolving, the way he comes to realize the new feelings he’s experiencing, and how he tries to deal with people he doesn’t always get along with. He really is such a well-rounded character, and seems to represent a 14 year old so well, that I completely believed the way he behaved and thought just how in touch Riordan is with the age group he’s writing. I’ve heard before that he consults his own children when writing his young adult books, which is a fantastic idea, and it really shows through in the writing.
I have two books left in the series, and I’m already feeling sad that I’m going to have to say a temporary goodbye to my favorite characters. I say temporary because I know there’s another series featuring some of these people, so I’ll be able to see them a bit more after I finish.
The other huge plus is that the first book is already a movie, which I enjoyed, and the second movie is coming out later this year. I’m also thrilled that the next movie is going to star my future husband Nathan Fillion, as well as another favorite Whedon alumnist, Anthony Stewart Head. I’m hoping this third book gets optioned as well, so we could see more of the two of them.
This was a great continuation of the series, and I think most fans will enjoy it. If you haven’t read this one yet, get out there and get a copy because it’s great fun!
Read this book if: If you’re a fan of the series, absolutely continue it!
My Rating: 4/5 – Borderline amazing!