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The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Riordan
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As an incoming freshman, Percy isn't expecting his high school orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears, 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 them, Percy and his demigod friends will 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.


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Grade 5–9—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.—Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavens to Percy! May 25, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is book four of the Percy Jackson series, with only one more installment to come. Readers from around ten years old will be thrilled by the adventures of the teenaged hero who just happens to be the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, and all his friends, most of whom are the children of the Olympians from Greek Mythology.

In my opinion, it would be better if you read the series in order, and the three previous books are:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)

In "The Battle of the Labyrinth", Percy and three friends set off on a quest through the treacherous labyrinth, in search of the inventor Daedalus, hoping that he will help them to defeat the army being assembled by Luke, son of Hermes. The thing is - Luke is just the messenger, and the evil he's about to unleash can bring down Olympus itself.

Although still clueless about girls and relationships, Percy starts developing and unleashing his powers, and surprises even himself when he attempts to repeat Hercules' great stable cleansing project. Other demi-gods also come into their own in book four, and a mortal girl proves to be just the ticket, and in the nick of time too. In a related sub-story, the search for Pan reaches an exhilarating climax.

Packed with monsters of all persuasions, gods and demi-gods, rescues, battles and side trips to Alcatraz and Mount St.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait May 17, 2008
By molly
Format:Hardcover
The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, following The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, and The Titan's Curse. Several new gods are introduced, and the book picks up an ominous pace as it draws closer to the finale, and the determining battle between gods and Titans.

Percy Jackson has just been accepted to a new school. Again. And despite his every intention not to get kicked out of this one too, being a demigod with Poseidon as your father tends to attract trouble. And monsters, in the form of peppy-but-deadly cheerleaders. After accidentally starting a fire, Percy makes a break for it - along with a mortal girl, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, who has the unusual ability to see through the Mist, the substance that usually hides gods and monsters from mortal eyes.

When he finally makes it back to Camp Half-Blood, Percy finds that all is not well there. His friend Grover is in danger of losing his lifelong dream, his friend Annabeth is treating him oddly, and - worst of all - Nico di Angelo, the half-blood son of Hades, is still at large, trying to bring back his dead sister in exchange for another, living soul.

But all of these pale in comparison to the danger of Kronos, whose followers are growing and whose resurrection is now imminent. When Annabeth is assigned a quest through the perilous Labyrinth of Daedalus, she takes Percy along for the ride - as well as Grover and Percy's Cyclops half-brother, Tyson.

This is the most exciting and action-packed book yet, as the darkness closes in. Real losses and horrors are experienced in this one, both private and large-scale. It is clear that the final battle is drawing near, the battle in which - according to the prophecy - either Percy, or Nico di Angelo, will have a pivotal role to play in either the victory or destruction of Olympus and the gods.

Highly recommended.

Rating: Very good
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Installment So Far!! May 8, 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is the fourth installment of the Percy Jackson series, and the most engrossing since the first one. Percy Jackson and his friends try to explore the Labyrinth in order to find the inventor Daedalus and prevent Kronos from controlling the Labyrinth. This book has a lot of the humor of the first three installments, but it does take itself serious at times. A lot of the plot threads like Pan finally come to end. I am glad that the series has not run out of steam, and I wait steadily for the final installment.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding May 8, 2008
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Format:Hardcover
This is by far one of the best series I have ever read! It ranks right up there with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. It's writing is so original! Somehow it manages to be sarcastic and funny and sound like a teenager without getting tiring. I finished it in two days and wandered around for about an hour wishing I was still reading it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
... but it just keeps getting better and better!

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan is the fourth volume in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. And it is the best yet! Action, revelations, character development, everything. In this book, all the characters continue to develop along their paths, and the series grows up a bit.

In this entry, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are shocked to discover that there is an entrance to *the* world-famous labyrinth, hidden right there in Camp Half Blood. Due to some outside circumstances, the trio's talents are required to enter the Labyrinth and fight their way to meet Daedalus for some help.

I don't like to spoil much when reviewing series books, but let me just say that new characters are introduced (Rachel Elizabeth Dare, anyone?) and some of the adult-ey, romance aspects are played it up. But this book still holds on to the series roots while growing off into different directions.

Riordan's writing is always humorous and witty, and he has again captured the voices of *all* the characters. Like the great series writers past, Riordan has a strong ensemble cast and uses them all deftly and appropriately, without getting too confusing or contrived.

What's so great about these books is that they truly can be enjoyed by all ages. Meaning: I'm 17, I love the whole series. My little brother, 13, was pleased by them as well. And I can tell that I wouldn't mind re-reading them all in the near future, either.

Although this could have fallen victim to Two-Towers "middle-of-the-series" syndrome, it doesn't. Plot lines are introduced, resolved, and, like I mentioned earlier, the conflict is deepening again. Riordan is taking a universal battle-- good vs.
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I love greek myth and if you do too you will love this book. I read it many times. It is a great book filled with action and adventure.
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Percy and his friends find out that Luk is planing an attack on Camp half-blood and to get his monster army in to the camp he is going to use an ancient Labyrinth with one of it‘s... Read more
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Rick Riordan is an exemplary writer. I have been pulled in to the Percy Jackson series from the first sentence of the lightning thief. This installment proved no different. Read more
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I absolutely love the Percy Jackson series and The Battle of the Labyrinth is definitely my favorite. The character development is what makes me love it so much.
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I felt that this book was a really good book. I love how they end, leaving you with suspense. This was my first time reading a kindle book, and it was a bit harder, because I can't... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's really a really good book
I like that it's adventure and its funny and its actually (I'm not saying a lot) ancient Greek history and about the gods and goddesses. A really good series of books. Read more
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


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