Title: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: the Penguin Group
Number of pages: 342
Another summer battling evil!
Percy and school is never a good combination. At his new high school Percy is almost immediately attacked by two cheerleaders, the kind without pompoms but with dark magic and fangs. Together with Annabeth he returns to camp Half-Blood. At camp Percy learns of Luke‘s, his former friend turned very evil, plan to destroy camp by using the Labyrinth of Daedalus, the labyrinth where the minotaur was defeated by Theseus. They can’t let this happen, so a quest is needed. This time Annabeth receives the honour of fulfilling the quest. She chooses Grover (their satyr friend), Tyson (half-brother of Percy and also a Cyclops) and Percy to assist her. Annabeth, Grover, Tyson and Percy have to enter the labyrinth to find Daedalus, get a map of the labyrinth and return in time to stop Luke. Well that doesn’t sound so very difficult, does it?
Minor detail: the labyrinth is filled with dangerous mythical creatures there to stop them, booby-traps and possibly Luke’s army consisting of some very angry guards, giant bullies and demi gods who choose to hang with Luke.
The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth and penultimate book of the Percy Jackson series.
I liked this book of Percy better than the third. There was more myth to it whilst keeping the human level. In the Battle of the Labyrinth Percy is more grown up, smarter but still blind of Annabeth’s feelings towards him. Percy is older, looks older and attracts more girls. Maybe not always in the romantic way, but definitely Annabeth.
During the entire book there is a great deal of suspense: what will happen with Percy, how will they stop Luke, will they find Daedalus in time, why is Annabeth acting so strange around Percy (kind of figured that out in book 1), will Grover finally find the god of the wild, Pan? Also the threat of Kronos’ awakening, Luke eagerness of vengeance and not to forget all the others who would like to kill Percy. There were quite a lot of myths in this book (which I like): the Labyrinth of Daedalus, the downfall of Icarus, cleaning the Augias-stables, the nymph Calypso, the mythical God Pan and half-giant Antaeus. The god who stood in the spotlight in this book was the god Hephaestus a.k.a. the blacksmith of the gods. In the story Hephaestus is a burly man who favours his automatons (mechanical creatures made by him) and Cyclops over half -gods any day.
The battle of the Labyrinth gives you a humorous story with lots of action and adventures to read.