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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Riordan
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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 Percy Jackson and the Olympians 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.

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I can't think of a child of 10-plus who could fail to enjoy Percy's adventures . . . the fusion of the magical with the mundane and modern gives the series its edge


“The clash of modern and classical worlds is both exciting and entertaining.” —The New York Times Book Review ?

”Riordan masterfully orchestrates the huge cast of characters and manages a coherent, powerful tale at once exciting, philosophical and tear-jerking. The best-selling series’ legions of fans will cheer their heroes on and rejoice in such a compelling conclusion to the saga.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ?

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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy ending to a wonderful series... May 6, 2009
By Cory
I must admit, when I first picked up the lightning theif in preperations for my vacation last summer, it was with a thought that I might be able to use it as a excuse to not have to take driving shifts as we drove steadily eastward to yellowstone. My family knows that if I am really in a book, nothing can pull me away from it.

And so, as I desperately waited for my classes to get out, having bought The Last Olympian early that moment the doors opened at a local borders. I couldnt wait to start reading, having finished rereading book four during my lunch hour.

And I was not disappointed. Riordan has a wonderful sense of humor with a snarky edge to it. Though I usually do not enjoy books written in first person, because most authors dont get just how dangerous writing first person can be, Rick has shown a nack for choosing his words carefully, showing up a world in vivid detail, and emotional clarity. The Last Olympian is a wonderful ending to a series that had much promise, and never broke it.

To those who might be afraid I will spoil anything, I wont. I will only say this; Many twists and turns await you. In the final book of the Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan has woven a tale, pulling all the threads together into a tapestry, with everything he had done before coming together in a epic, emotional ending... a ending that stirred my emotions in a way only one other writer, and concluding book had done, and that was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

While their story telling and writing styles are vastly different, what they share is a thirst for a good story, red herrings to throw you off, and a ending that you couldnt fully see coming, but cant help but be moved by in the end.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Olypmian July 30, 2009
A Kid's Review
The Last Olympians was one of the best books i have ever read, the storyline was perfect I felt as if I was in the book but no one could see me or hear me but I could hear everything. At school I could not even put the book down. The way Rick Riordan wrote the book i felt as if I knew the charectars my whole life. The book also generated feeling I cried at the sad parts gasped at the surprising parts and laughed at the funny parts wherever the book's feeling went my feeling went with it. I loved the book so much I even wished I could be an amazing half-blood. I got this book for my birthday but I opened it before and the whole entire week I was itching to read it. I even told my friend to read it and she loves the series as much as I do. Personally I think Riordan should write another book. This was the biggest book of them all I never think I have ever read another interesting series. Rick Riordan makes sure everyone can relate to it and he thinks about the audience alot that is the most improtant thing an author can do. I have so much more to say but I can not. I hope you all enjoy the book!Thank you.
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83 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for kids and classical students! May 21, 2009
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As a student of history with a love (and a minor!) in classics, and little kid at heart I loved this series of books, culminating in The Last Olympian--maybe the best in the series. The obvious comparison is to Harry Potter, but these books are really something different. They're a little lighter, and a little more fanciful, and just more 'colorful.' They are shorter and and just more fun with less dark overtones (imo.)

This last story brings about a conclusion to the whole saga, with one battle after another, answers all your question and even gives our heroes the accolades they richly deserve. It seems its the last one in the series and thats a little sad.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best! July 24, 2009
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After reading this I miss the series so much. I want it to keep going. I love every single book. I can't wait until the movie comes out for the first book. It should be enjoyable. The whole series just has that essence of myths and Greek mythology that is amazingly put together. A lot of the adventures I read made me want to jump inside the book and join them in the battle! It's one of the best reads... I love it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ending and a great series October 28, 2009
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutly love this series. I am so sad that the series has ended, because I would love to read more. Riordan has the skills that anyone would want. I wish that he would write more books like this, because it sure is a wonderful book to have. Whether curled on a couch or in an airplane Riordan keeps you on the edge of your seat where ever and when ever you are.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Formula Has Worked Perfectly June 9, 2009
Rick Riordan's series starring Percy Jackson and his demigod companions from Camp Half-Blood has brought Greek mythology vividly to life for a whole new generation of readers. Riordan manages to meld contemporary life with classical mythology, all the while imprinting his novels with clever humor and dynamic characters. The formula has worked perfectly; each book's popularity has grown, and millions of fans have been clamoring for the final volume ever since the publication of THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH in 2008.

Now, with THE LAST OLYMPIAN, the wait is over. Fans of the series know that Riordan has been building suspense for the ultimate battle between the renegade Titans and the demigods of Camp Half-Blood. Over the course of four previous books, the Titans have grown stronger and gained support, but Percy himself --- as well as several of his friends --- has grown from a confused and awkward boy questioning his identity and heritage to a capable and courageous leader. In this final adventure, the two forces collide, and the result is spectacular indeed.

Throughout THE LAST OLYMPIAN, Percy is troubled by dreams and prophecies. Some are open to interpretation, but others seem to foresee certain doom for Percy and his forces. Summoning all his courage and uniting his forces proves tougher than Percy had anticipated, especially when some of the internal conflicts at Camp Half-Blood threaten to sabotage his plans (it's hard to win a war without the children of Ares cooperating with you!). The battlefield for this final conflict is, in true Riordan style, the streets of Manhattan, centering on Mount Olympus (known to us mortals as the Empire State Building).

As the casualties mount, loyalties are tested, sometimes strengthened and other times broken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gail
The last Olympian, great story. Percey and his friends kicked butt again. This was a successful good over evil story. Read more
Published 2 days ago by gail
5.0 out of 5 stars review of "The Last Olympian"
Loved the whole series! This book was one of the best. They have been made into very good movies. Enjoyed sharing the books with my grandchildren, as it is written in a style... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Linda Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great characters, super plot development, unpredictable twists.
Published 6 days ago by Cindy bortner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book!
Published 6 days ago by Cleusa Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book series!
Percy Jackson, best series of books I have read in my life!!!!!! :) All about ancient Roman gods and just a bit of love. Ooo, and magic weapons!
Published 6 days ago by Lisa W. McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Not leaving my friends!
I loved this so much, I cried twice at the end. Then, one of my granddaughters told me about the series that follows this, and I have alread read 400 pages of The Lost God. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lindsey Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Another non-stop action adventure
Like all the Percy Jackson series I have read, I can't read this at bedtime because I don't put it down to go to sleep. Has me ready to look at the other Rick Riordan books.
Published 8 days ago by WallyP
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Riordan,the god of story writing
Hello!Im Ian I love ur books so much .Please write another series of the half bloods ,ok?i love ur books
Published 10 days ago by Haha
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
These books make me smile, give me chilles, and have me on the end of my seat the whole time. 5 stars definitely! I'm just sad that it's the last book in the series.
Published 14 days ago by Zen Tofu Stud Rascal
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic finale!
The last book in the series is just as good as the rest. Rick Riordan does a masterful job of bringing about the final pieces of the prophecy and uniting the heroes in the final... Read more
Published 14 days ago by JustanAmber
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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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in the titan's curse percy was 14 then in the battle of the labyrinth he is 15 and in the last olympian he is 16.
Jan 11, 2009 by Concerned shopper |  See all 40 posts
Anybody have any suggestions for me???
Yes i do. Read the lighning thief It is fantastic. This is the series order:
The lightning thief
The sea of monsters
the titans curse
the battle of the labyrinth
the last olympian (new)

Ps I have read all but the last olympian
Apr 29, 2009 by Amy |  See all 19 posts
Grief Share
i have only experianced it with the harry potter series, i was trying so hard not to cry my eyes out when i read those last words "and all was well" but than i went right back to the first book, and read through them all in a week. that made me feel better = )
Jun 30, 2009 by B. Murphy |  See all 6 posts
Protest ( write more books about Percy)
A truly good writer knows when to end a story. Riordan is a truly good writer, and he is doing what all great writers do; they end it when they have written what they always intended to write.

jk rowling could be the first writer to make 10billion bucks off her books if she wanted to, and... Read More
May 31, 2009 by Cory |  See all 10 posts
suggestions please!
Have you read The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches (Signature Illustrated Edition, Keeper Martin's Tales Book 1) or Rise of the Fallen (Ruin Mist: Dawn of the Ages, Book 1)??? Both great! Read More
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