Series review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4-5 by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Publisher/Year: August 21st 2013 Penguin
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
Source/Format: Paperback | Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis

HONESTLY, BLOWING UP ANOTHER SCHOOL WAS THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO.
As the son of a Greek god, I've had my share of near-death disaster - and now my arch enemy Luke wants to invade our camp via an ancient Labyrinth.
If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it's goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond...

My review

I was really excited to get to this one as the story of Daedalus and Icarus is one of my favourite Greek myths. Thus book did not disappoint at all and I honestly think it is my favourite of all 5.

The introduction of Rachel really added another element to the story and showed both Percy and Annabeth's growth as characters, having to face a challenge so different from their normal quests, and yet just as hard. 

I felt Riordan really wrote the complexity of the underground Labyrinth so well and all the different parts interested me. This book really brought back my enthusiasm for the series and made me look forward to the finale of the series.

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Publisher/Year: 2013 Penguin
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5
Source/Format: Paperback | Bought
Rating: 4/5


Synopsis

MOST PEOPLE GET PRESENTS ON THEIR SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY, I GET A PROPHECY THAT COULD SAVE OR DESTROY THE WORLD.
It happens when you're the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, I turn sixteen and the fate of the entire world is on me. But no pressure.
Now Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City. And the dreaded monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it's me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil...

My review

When it came to reading this book, I actually put it off for a while because I got sad thinking about finishing this series. It is just so entertaining and enjoyable and I'm honoured to have been able to go on this journey with Percy and Annabeth.

This wasn't my favourite Percy Jackson book, probably because of the LONG battle that took up most of the book, which just felt unnecessary. Also, the cliche unanswered questions that were left there so that people read Heroes of Olympus. However for the most part it wasn't bad. I did enjoy the coming-together of everyone to take down Kronos, despite their potential differences. 

This was a good way to end the series and wrap most things up, and I will pick up Riordan's other series sometime in the future.

Izzy

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