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The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) Paperback – April 8, 2008
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About the Author
Rick Riordan is also the author of the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two: The Sea of Monsters. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
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As I said, though, the second book still didn't quite wow me. The whole narrative felt like basically an endless series of cliff-hangers with little to no character development and not enough plot. The cliff-hangers seemed to be far more numerous than most quest books in fantasy settings. Now, this isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the first two volumes, but just that they didn't quite (other than some interesting stuff such as likable characters and references to myths) *do* it for me, so to speak. This third book, however, really did make me a major *Percy Jackson* fan, and was absolutely a great read. The rest of the review will show why.
The plot is simple. In a rescue mission to save two fellow demi-gods, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and their new friend Thalia, encounter trouble. Though they save the twin half-bloods, Annabeth goes missing, and to make matters worse, so does a powerful goddess ally, Artemis.
Of course, a quest is in order. But the questions are rather more complicated than one might think in this case. Normally, these quests are, of course, quite dangerous. But in this case, the sense of danger, really the *fact* of danger, is more persistent. Because a prophecy from the Oracle is that at least two of the members of the quest will not make it back alive...
While the plot is relatively straight-forward at first, the narrative and plot developments this time were quite a bit more complicated. Not only did Riordan expand on the mythology of the series, and the connections to Classical Greek myths, but the structure was different. Gone was the nearly every chapter cliff-hanger, with the accompanying desperate rushes from one danger to the next, one clue to the next. In it's place was a slower and more long-term story progression.
Don't get me wrong. The sense of excitement and adventure was just as strong, but the story was a better one in this way. This is because there was more time taken to spend more time exploring the characters and their thoughts and the world-building, as well as both delving into the past of this world and laying down groundwork for future plots. This all was a net plus for the book and made it far, *far* better than the predecessors.
Included in this are tidbits that answer the big questions that some might have, including, why, oh why, do the Olympians not *do* anything to remedy these problems themselves. Well, the answer is that they are a) kinda personality-driven, and this interferes with some proactiveness, as they have their own stuff to attend to and their personalities dictate this, and b) related, they are *busy*. Not only do they have the duties they have always had, but they are also dealing with the fact that the coming hostilities with the forces of Kronos are causing other supernatural gods and god-like beings to cause problems that make their jobs harder. For that matter, there is a delicate power balance that too much action on the part of *anyone* will upset.
The reason I liked this one as well is that the characters are kinda coming into their own and beginning to grow up. Annabeth is becoming more mature and able to forgive and see others' points of view more. Meanwhile, Percy is faster on his feet where he can handle things without constant directions. Though he still isn't the strategist that Annabeth is, and thus doesn't do as well as when he's teamed up with her, he still acquits himself admirably.
Grover, though, is a disappointment here. He's reduced to little more than comic relief. That annoys me in that while he was the weakest member of the quest, he's still a knowledgeable and capable guy. Or should be. I hope that he gets more impressive again in coming books.
I can't say much about other characters so as to not give away their roles, but just to say that Riordan does a good job with fleshing out their characters and arcs in a way that really makes them vivid to the reader and gets you to care about them.
I can honestly say now that I really enjoy this series and that it has become one of my favorites.
Rating: 5/5 Stars.
We meet both Bianca and Nico who are being pursued by monsters. Of course, Percy and Annabeth are there to assist, along with Thalia, who made her appearance as a daughter of Zeus in the last book.
The one part of this book I don't care for is the fact that Annabeth is not featured as prominently. I loved the plot and why she was taking for, but as she is my favorite character I wanted her around more.
Percy and Thalia must work together to find Annabeth with the assistance of Bianca. I felt sorry for Nico after Bianca makes her choice, not saying what it is, but I know he will come into his own as a character.
One of the big villains in this book is Atlas forever condemned to hold up the sky.
Rick Riordan is a phenomenal talent and I love his contemporary handling of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses.
Then there are other problems that can be justified by the fact that the book is middle grade. The plot holes are unnecessary. Things happen, then those things are ignored later in the book to service the plot. At the beginning of the book, one of their friends gets thrown over a cliff, seemingly dies, and everyone is simply infatuated by the presence of Artemis. No tears, no sadness, so let's go find her. Just "ooh, look, a god."
However, the story moves. The plot has interesting moments. There were stakes this time. Not a lot, as most characters that should have died didn't. But some. I didn't hate it, it was just alright.
I'm so stunned, I can't make physical human noises right now!!!! This book was
soooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait until I read the next one!!!! In this book, Percy goes on another quest, this time with new characters, the Hunters. I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about the Hunters. They seemed like girls who had gone through a rough time and needed to feel a sense of sisterhood and gain immortality. At the time, I wasn't sure if they could be considered "good guys" or "bad guys". The book started out jumping right into action. Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia were on there way somewhere in Percy's mom's car. Sally was driving them to meet Grover, who was s stationed at a military boarding school. I kind of felt like I had missed out on somethings that had happened between the Sea of Monsters and The Titan
's Curse. I didn't know if that was an okay to thing or not, but I think I'm okay with it, because Thalia, Percy, and Annabeth had seemed to develop a friendship. Anyway, there are two new half-bloods discovered and there is a monster at the school who wants the kids to go to Krono's side. So, there is a battle and everything, the Hunters are introduced, and ANNABETH DISAPPEARS!!!!!!!!!! I could not believe it, and I was very sad because Annabeth is one of my favorite characters. So, the story plays off from there. The book was great, and I recommend it to people who enjoy an adventure in modern day Greek Mythology.
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Percy thailia and annabeth arrive at west overhall and battle a manticore called dr thorn. they bsttle it and the hunters arrive but annabeth falls of a cliff and captured by the generel (atlas) and luke. ARTEMIS wants to slay a monster but she gets captured by the generel and luke. percy and zoe nightshads thalia and grover go ln a quest to rescue artemis and annabeth. im not gonna say more so go find it out by yoursdlves .Btw i have a xbox one and my gamertag is kingsharkboy136 and my roblox on pc is DJcrazy56
Heh. I think this quote just sums up exactly why I like these books so much!
We are back with Percy, aged 14 now, getting into mischief and breaking every rule.
There is such a fine line between Percy being an annoying brat and a great character but I think Riordan definitely adds enough humanity and humour that he is very likeable, once you get by his rather immature moments. (It's okay Percy, I will snort at your stupidity sometimes and really want to slap you but I still like you)!
The plot in this book is incredibly fast paced. There isn't a moment of downtime and not a page that doesn't have a meaning. It dives straight into the action from the first page.
This book is definitely not suitable to be read as a stand alone. You need to have some sort of background. Even though we have reminders throughout the book about past occurrences, there simply isn't enough information for a new reader.
I heartily recommend this whole series though.
After a meeting with the Di Angelo family Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood and Thalia Grace are thrust straight out their comfort zone for our reading pleasure.
A new monster is rising and kronos is growing more and more powerful, Luke though seems to be growing weaker and is supposedly died at the end of the book.
One the other hand camp Half-Blood meet none other that the Hunters, will any female campers turn, will Annabeth turn? Who is the Genarl what does he want. What is the Oracle of about this time? An ne w face appears and a child killed by their fathers on hand. cruel don't you think.
Will Aphrodite tamper with yet another hero? And is Nico Di Angelo really a child of Hades, and if so should they tell the gods.
Read to find out.
There, The Oracle speaks a new prophecy, and five demigods leave to search for Artemis. Action follows action and leads to the location of both Annabeth and Artemis but there are further twists to be resolved.
Read the contents page.
Seriously. With chapter titles like "My Vice-Principal Gets a Rocket Launcher", they can be quite entertaining in and of themselves.
Book three in Rick Riordan's series brings in more elements of the Greek myths while also moving the overarching plot of the series nicely in a cross-country (and I mean that quite literally) trek to rescue Annabeth and Athena, both of whom have been taken by the Lord of the Titans, Kronos. But, with tragedy looming, who will make it back to Camp Half-Blood alive?
You don't have to be astute to realise that this is the third "kidnap someone Percy loves" plot in a row, but that gets nicely explained in the end, so I'll forgive Riordan just this once. Riordan continues to write the series with a clear plan in mind, and with his trademark humour and pace.
Overall, a excellent addition to the series.
I can't believe I'm saying this but I think this book is better than Harry potter !
I would recommend this book, especially for people who are into Greek mythology and adventure . Even if you have never really been into Greek mythology, read this book because .... IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE !!