April 20, 2011

Love Gods, Will Travel • The Titan's Curse

The Titan's Curse book cover
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians #3
Previous Books: The Lightning Thief + The Sea of Monsters
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2007
Source/Format: Bought || Hardcover

When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

The Titan's Curse is one of my favorites in the series because there's so much more adventure, so many new characters and a ton of new developments in it. As an avid fan, this book did not fail to meet my expectations (quite possibly surpassing them) and serving as the perfect midpoint in the series.

Honestly, I could not put this book down either, not just because I'm a fan, but because it seems like there are so many questions asked that need answers (and I'll only find them, apparently, if I keep reading). Right off the bat, we discover two new demigods - Nico and Bianca di Angelo, whom Thalia (daughter of Zeus), Percy and Annabeth are meant to rescue. When their rescue mission goes awry and Artemis (goddess of the hunt) and Annabeth disappear, it seems as if plans suddenly have to change.

Thalia, Zoe Nightshade, Bianca di Angelo, Grover and Percy find themselves working together as they attempt to find Artemis and free her, discover this "creature" that can overpower Mt. Olympus (which turns out to be a seemingly harmless creature called Bessie), rescue Annabeth and discover lots of danger along the way - in the form of Kronos' new henchman, the General, a few skeletal warriors and Talos.

We meet a new mortal character as well - Rachel Elizabeth Dare, who can see through the Mist and helps Percy and friends escape the skeletal warriors at the Hoover Dam.

My favorite part of the book has to be the incredible showdown/revelation scene towards the last few chapters. Aside from the fact that I was kept on my toes in each character's personal battle (Atlas vs. Zoe, Artemis vs. Atlas, Luke vs. Thalia), there was also the matter of how it would be resolved, which I thought was quite satisfactory.

I was sad, however, in the event of a few character deaths - Bianca di Angelo and Zoe Nightshade. These two young women, both passionate and exciting, were gone too soon, in my opinion, although I understood how their sacrifices fight perfectly in line with their personalities and the story. But still, I kind of wish they had been given a longer chance with us.

The Titan's Curse ends with the defeat of the General, the escape of Nico di Angelo and another cliffhanger - even though Thalia pushed Luke off a cliff, he's still alive. And it's with this unsettling conclusion that we are left to wonder what's going to happen next.

As always, I recommend this adventure-filled, fast-paced, exciting, interesting read.


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