- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
- Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book 3)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (April 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423101480
- ISBN-13: 978-1423101482
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,746 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) Paperback – April 8, 2008
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Grade 6-9–In this installment, Riordan continues to enliven ancient mythology with wit, contemporary staging, and teenage heroics. Percy Jackson is now 14, a bit older and wiser, yet still entangled with the Fates. Friends, monsters, dysfunctional gods, and the romantic stirrings of all things natural and mythological are encountered. His good friend, if oft-time rival, Annabeth (daughter of Athena) is missing, as is Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Joined by best buddy Grover-the-goat-boy and an argumentative array of accomplices, Percy sets off to fulfill, and hopefully foil, the foreboding prophecy of the Oracle. Plagued by ominous dreams, thwarted by hideous monsters, and challenged by conflicting partnerships, the search party's success hinges on unlikely unity. The droll pitch is teen-perfect, as when Apollo heats up the scene by arriving in his fire-red Maserati, wearing jeans, a sleeveless T-shirt, and loafers. 'Wow,' Thalia muttered, 'Apollo is hot.' 'He's the sun god,' I said. 'That's not what I meant.' Intricate prophecies and relationships are neatly braided into the adventurous plot. Teachers will cheer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians as they inspire students to embrace Greek mythology and score the ultimate Herculean challenge: getting kids to read. All in all, a winner of Olympic proportions and a surefire read-aloud.–Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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*Starred Review* Just after finding Bianca and Nico, two newly discovered half-bloods, Percy, Grover, Annabeth, and Thalia end up trapped between a helicopter and a manticore. Artemis and her Hunters save the day, but Annabeth disappears over a cliff; then Artemis rushes off to hunt a dangerous monster. Back at Camp Half-Blood, the Oracle foretells that Artemis must be rescued and makes a prediction that bodes ill for one of their number—but which one? Percy, who is supposed to remain behind while others pursue the quest, follows in search of the missing Annabeth. Their adventures range widely across the U.S., taking them to locales that include Washington, D.C., and the deserts of the Southwest and pitting them against the usual assortment of colorful adversaries. The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series is built around a terrific idea—that the half-mortal offspring of Greek gods live among us, playing out struggles of mythic scale—and Riordan takes it from strength to strength with this exciting installment, adding even more depth to the characters and story arc while retaining its predecessors' nonstop laughs and action. Tixier Herald, Diana
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Fun storyline and interesting story line that I would qualify as family friendly :)
Our favorite demigod is back again and so are his friends Annabeth & Grover in addition to their latest turn turned demigod with Thalia (Zeus' daughter). Percy is enjoying being 14 years old and a relatively decent grace period of not being attacked by monsters after the latest events of Thalia becoming a demigod again. That is until Grover calls Percy to a prep school in Maine where he's found two more powerful demigods. As with any demigod, they've gone fairly under the radar but that's about to change the moment Percy and company arrive on the scene.
The principal of the school turns out to be a demon (much to everyone's surprise by now) and they end up barely escaping with their lives after the confrontation. Luke, Kronos (The Titan Lord), and a mysterious "General" are still out there while Kronos is growing stronger in his quest to re-piece himself back together in a attempt to take down the Gods of Olympus once and for all.
This is probably the most enjoyable of the three I've read so far. As I mentioned in my previous reviews, I didn't like the Harry Potter similarities (as unintended as they might have been) in Book 1 and then Book 2 did a better job but not a great job of putting a little distance on the comparisons. This book however was fantastic. As with any good book, there are certain important qualities that you want in it. Riordan does an excellent job of really making the humor blend in nicely with tense situations and action scenes in Titan's Curse. Normally life and death battles aren't supposed to be very humorous, but in a book like this it just seems to fit :).
If there's a very good thing that the Olympian series takes from Harry Potter it's its page turning qualities. I zoomed through those book and I have done the same with these. If there's a superlative that this series takes from Harry Potter is that it is a page turner alright. Furthermore, Titan's Curse continues to take on a life on its own and the demigods are never in camp for very long before they have to venture out on another perilous quest to preserve the very balance of all living things. I like it when a books like these go more action action oriented instead of sitting around at camp for half the book. That being said, the characters don't feel rushed when they're added or subtracted so Riordan has the right combination of action and downtime in this story.
Thanks Rick for giving me a good series to read so far! Keep up the good work. I'll be diving into Book 4 shortly :)
My 9 yo and I have read them together. We had very cool chats from it.
Most recent customer reviews
As good as the last two! I will love this book 4 ever & ever!
Rick is so cool!!!!!
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