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After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.
A Note for Amazon Customers from Illustrator John Rocco
Dear Readers,When I was about eight years old I had the great luck of stumbling upon my father’s collection of Classics Illustrated comic books. I instantly fell in love with the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, and James Fenimore Cooper. Many years later, when I became interested in illustration, I discovered the beautiful hardbound editions of these stories featuring the arresting artwork of incredible artists like N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Maxfield Parrish. What I love about their paintings is not just the beautiful draftsmanship, color and composition, but their ability to capture a moment that held the promise of swashbuckling adventure. That promise let me know that if I read the words surrounding that picture, I could unlock the adventure. That promise is what I tried to achieve when creating the pictures for this incredible series. My approach has never been just to describe a scene from the book, but to create an illustration that offers tension and mystery--an image that provides just enough information to leave the viewer wanting to know more. When I was asked to create images for the Deluxe Edition of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief it was a dream come true. It was my chance to illustrate what I consider to be a new classic. The Lightning Thief has so many wonderful moments it was difficult to choose what to paint, but I knew I wanted to create a balance of dramatic scenes and quiet moments and to capture the spirit of Rick’s unforgettable characters. It has been my own great adventure to help bring this book to life in a new way, in color, on the page. I hope you enjoy this Deluxe Edition of The Lightning Thief. Yours, John
Illustrations from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition(Click to Enlarge)
|Percy and a Nereid||Percy and Annabelle on their way to Las Vegas||Percy at the Entrance to Mount Olympus|
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I read this book because I'd seen and enjoyed the movie. These books are perfect for the young reader, and as an adult, I've enjoyed this one very much. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Rio
Loved Percy's adventures!!! I had to put the book down I was laughing so hard at certain points. Riordan seems to be a master at humorous descriptions that don't bog down a great... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kari Crowther
That was...AMAZING! I can't wait to read the next one.I mean I read the comic and stuff but Wow it would've taken me...I don't now how long it would take for me to wright that!Published 1 day ago by Murfman
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. I liked all of the mysterious and suspense in the book.Published 1 day ago by O'Neil Family
This book is fabulous and thrilling. It's the best book I've ever read. Keep writing more and more mythology books Uncle Rick and thanks:)Published 1 day ago by Stewart FANG YEN
Best five star book. Never regretted reading this series. Rick did I epic and fantastic job writing this book. Outstanding.Published 2 days ago by sandira mangru
Enjoyed this book very much and the fact that it is based somewhat from Greek mythology. The story moves along at a good pace and does explain well enough for younger readers. Read morePublished 2 days ago by WizardGirl