Rating: 5 stars
“There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it.”
The Titan’s Curse, book three of The Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, begins with Percy, Annabeth and Thalia reuniting with Grover at Westover Hall to find and recruit demigods for Camp Half-Blood before Luke can recruit them to join Kronos’s Titan army. Before they can get away, the group is separated and Percy is attacked by a Manticore.
As the Hunters rescue them, Annabeth is thrown off the mountain with the Manticore. Thalia, Percy and Grover, however, return to the Camp with the Hunters. Another year, another quest is set before five demigods by the Oracle. They must save Artemis and find Annabeth to defeat the doomsday monster.
“Five shall go west to the goddess in chains,
One shall be lost in the land without rain,
The bane of Olympus shows the trail,
Campers and Hunters combined prevail,
The Titan’s curse must one withstand,
And one shall perish by a parent’s hand.”
The Titan’s curse is my favourite book in the series. The story is fast-paced, action-packed and for the major part of it, the characters journeying from the Camp to their final destination. We don’t get to read Annabeth much but a few characters are introduced in this instalment: Bianca, Nico, Zoe Nightshade and Apollo. With every book, my love for Clarisse has only increased. Percy and Annabeth are a few of the bravest and kindest characters for whom your love only grow with their every act. Riordan’s characters are hard to dislike and I enjoyed their conversations as ever.
“Wow,” Thalia muttered. “Apollo is hot.”
“He’s the sun god,” I said.
“That’s not what I meant.”
I would however mention, as Riordan wrote Manticore was banished to Persia but The Manticore is a Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx. The Manticore myth was of Persian origin, where its name was the Man-eater. The English term Manticore was borrowed from Latin mantichora, itself derived from the Greek rendering of the Persian name, Martichora. I’m aware it’s fiction (fantasy) but the origins of a mythical creature should not be altered to your liking. Also, one can never be sure of the information on the internet so please correct me if I’m wrong.
“Long ago, the gods banished me to Persia.”
I’m impressed how he brilliantly and intricately develop the story without boring the readers with all the mythology stories.
“Sometimes mortals can be more horrible than monsters.”
Have you read Percy Jackson and the Olympians series? Which is your favourite book in the series and who is your favourite character(s)?