The Lightning Thief 3.5/5
The Sea of Monsters 4/5
The Titan’s Curse 4/5
The Battle of The Labyrinth 4.5/5
The Last Olympian 4.5/5
The best series I’ve read since Harry Potter.
By the end you’ll be aching with joy, sadness, relief and amazement.
I recently had 2 weeks off work for holiday; I spent the majority of it glued to the Percy Jackson books. This children/teenage set of books was incredibly addictive with a fascinating storyline. Percy Jackson and The Olympians is a set of 5 books: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian. I can honestly say this set of books is the most enjoyable and readable set of books since I read Harry Potter.
I was a relative latecomer to the Percy Jackson adventure, but I am a fully fledged fan of the series which has carried me on the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series but we’ll get to that later. When I began reading this series I only knew names of the well known Gods such as; Zeus, Poseidon, Hades and Athena, which put me in the same boat as Percy who also begins by not knowing who all the Gods are and what their power is. Riordan effectively introduces and explains the powers and the hierarchy of the Gods and I begin to have a new found fascination with Greek Mythology with all the exciting tales which Percy embarks on.
Percy Jackson thinks he is a normal schoolboy, but he is a descendant from the Gods from Greek Mythology, and Riordan charts the adventures of Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson through along with their trials and tribulations of fitting into the modern world with the knowledge that they have powers that they inherited from a godly parent.
When I began reading these books, all I knew was that it was about Greek Mythology in modern times, therefore I went into these books a bit blind. But Riordan was a shining light illuminating brilliance through compelling quests for Percy and his friends to go on. The quests, the friendships and the relationships left me with an ineffable ache showing how much I connected to the characters and how much I hoped that they were successful and that everything would work out. This series left me blown away and I must thank Riordan for this roller-coaster ride which put me through the mill of emotions, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I would’ve liked to go into greater depth about each book and how thrilling each was to read, and how each story gets better as the characters develop, and that you become attached to them, feeling their feelings and the twists and turns of their stories. But I think the best way to enjoy these books more is to just immerse yourself in the world of Percy Jackson and believe me, it is well worth the ride.