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Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Rick Riordan / Paperback / 304 Pages / Book is published 2008-05-01 by Puffin

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      08.06.2010 14:24
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      An enjoyable and entertaining read

      Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse is the third book in the series wonderfully written by Rick Riordan, which continues the story of Percy Jackson, a boy who has no need to go and seek out trouble, as trouble always seems to come looking for him!

      The Titans Curse follows on from the first book, The Lightening thief, where Percy was sent to recover a dangerous lightening bolt and the Sea of Monsters, the second in the series, where Percy had to find the fabled golden fleece to save Camp Half Blood, a special school for extra special kids.

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      In the Titans curse Percy, a young and feisty demi god, with a human mother and a father who is one of the gods of Olympus has now turned fourteen.
      He and his friends have to risk life and limb to rescue Artemis and also his good friend Annabeth, the demi goddess daughter of Athena (goddess of wisdom and war) as she has gone missing. Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, has gone missing too and it turns out that both have been kidnapped.

      Percy and his companions Thalia, Zoë Nightshade, Bianca Di Angelo and Grover find themselves in many difficult situations throughout the book. The characters within this little group, are all well thought out and the way they interact with each other makes for a good reading.

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      The group need to multi task whilst searching for Annabeth and Artemis as they must also search for a rare monster, that is so strong that it can obliterate Olympus, the home of the gods.

      Percys satyr friend Grover, is an interesting and amusing character, whose favorite foods are aluminum cans and cheese enchiladas. He is very admirable an odd kind of way and you are able to forgive him for being rather eccentric, after all, he is half goat. His off the wall spirit has a charm all its own and he is very loyal to Percy throughout the book.

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      During the quest, Grover senses the spirit of Pan, who then gifts the group of friends with an interesting form of transport when they need it most, a giant Erymanthian Boar! The boar takes them to the junkyard of the gods, where Bianca tries to steal an action figure for her brother, which accidentally awakens Talos, a giant man of bronze and consequences of her actions have an enormous effect on the group of friends.

      Within this book we meet Rachel Elizabeth Dare and it turns out that she is able to see through the 'mist' that protects humans from being able to see mythical creatures. This is something that you find becomes an important quality for her later in the series of books.

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      The writing style through out the book gives you a good sense of the pressure that the youngsters are all under to achieve their goal. They really cannot fail, after all if they fail then so much more will be lost.

      If you haven't read the first two books in the series, you may find this difficult to get to grips with, although its written in an easy to read and flowing style.
      I would recommend that you start with the first book and read through, so that you pick up on the way Rick Riordan links important events and characters throughout.

      In summary this was an enjoyable and entertaining read and well worth looking out for.

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        21.09.2009 14:15
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        Good fun - well worth reading

        More bedtime reading to my 11 year old and the 3rd release of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, following the adventures of the half-boy, half god.

        Percy is the son of a New York mum and Poseidon, the Greek God, and is a teenager now. So far, Percy has been sent on a quest to stop a war between the gods in the first book and to save the camp (and his friend Grover) in the second book. The world is full of demi-gods and monsters, it is just that we humans can't actually see them, due to the 'mist'!

        In this book, Percy meets new friends and enemies on another quest, this time against Atlas, the general of the Titans. In a great battle between Percy and an army of skeletons on Hoover Dam, Percy meets a mysterious mortal girl called Rachel Elizabeth Dare, who can see through the 'mist' and can see the reality that Percy sees (more of her in the next book). The showdown of the story happens on a mountain outside San Fransisco and involves Percy's (and Annabeth's) old friend Luke, who has joined with Kronos, against the demi-gods.

        Again, I don't want to give too much away, but it is another great read, that both my son and I (a forty-something) enjoyed equally as much, perhaps not quite up to the standard of the first two, but definitely worth reading as part of the series.

        Go - Percy - Go!

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