The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

Rating: 5 stars

“For better or worse, we were back in the labyrinth.”

Percy Jackson is attending freshman orientation at Goode High School, where he recognises Rachel Elizabeth Dare from last year, a clear-sighted mortal who helps him fight two Empousai and escape.

When they reach the Camp Half-Blood, Annabeth and Percy accidentally find an entrance into the Labyrinth during a competition organized by Quintus. It presents a possible invasion route into the Camp for Luke and Kronos’s army.

“We need to go in,” Annabeth Announced. “We have to find the workshop before Luke does. If Daedalus is alive, we convince him to help us, not Luke. If Ariadne’s string still exists, we make sure it never falls into Luke’s hands.”

The prophecy is delivered by the Oracle. The quest is to be completed under the leadership of Annabeth and she chooses Percy, Tyson and Rachel to accompany her as she endeavours to stop Luke Castellan and his army from invading Camp Half-Blood through Daedalus’s labyrinth by trying to prevent Ariadne’s string from falling into his hands.

“You shall delve into the darkness of the endless maze,
The dead, the traitor, and the lost one raise.
You shall rise or fall by the ghost king’s hand,
The child of Athena’s final stand.
Destroy with a hero’s final breath,
And lose a love to worse than death.

Riordan has intricately written the labyrinth and through it introduces a variety of ancient monsters and explores lesser-known gods. As Annabeth and her friends travel through the labyrinth and the mystery unwinds, the quest becomes thrilling, action-packed and it took an unexpected turn after the revelation of Daedalus.

Often, White authors write and publish offensive content when they try to include diversity just for the sake of it. Likewise, Riordan made an insensitive remark with regards to African readers. If the authors could only hire sensitive readers before publishing a book!

“The other was African American with dark curly hair like Medusa’s (and, believe me, I know what I’m talking about).”

As an author, Riordan never disappoints and I’m amazed at how much I enjoy this series as an adult reader. My love for it and all the characters have grown with each book in the series.

“But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”


Have you read Percy Jackson and The Olympians series? How did you like The Battle of The Labyrinth? Let me know in the comments below!

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10 thoughts on “PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIAN (#4): THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH by RICK RIORDAN

  1. Terrific review! I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Looking back on that quote though, it does seem rather racially insensitive, doesn’t it? I’d be curious to see if I can pick up on these things if I ever give it a re-read.

    Btw, I don’t recall, was this book the last one in the series? I find it difficult to keep this series in order lol. 😛

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    1. I know right? It’s really racist! I don’t even know what editors are paid for? Or do these popular authors get their books to edit or not?
      Its the fourth book in the series! The Last Olympian is the final book in the series!

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  2. You know a book is good when YOU give it a 5 stars! I’m avoiding the spoiler parts for now but I will check back again when I finish it.
    “The other was African American with dark curly hair like Medusa’s (and, believe me, I know what I’m talking about).” – oh no, no, no. He should have stopped at curly hair, to compare it Medusa’s hair is straight up offensive. There will be young readers who read this and just imagine a young black boy/girl reads this… my heart breaks. That shouldn’t be anywhere.
    Otherwise, I’m looking forward to reading this! And excited for another prophecy.

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    1. I don’t think I understood the first line. You mean it like I still gave it 5 stars even because it had that racist remark?! Overall, I really loved the book, the plot and characters. You must’ve noticed I often change the ratings for books. So I might change it to this book as well.
      If only the authors were as sensitive!

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      1. Oh! Yeah, I don’t see why I should rate every book five stars unless it’s absolutely extraordinary. I thought only first two books were adapted as movies. So, they couldn’t include that racist scene. Could they?

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      2. They changed it completely and there’s not a speck of racism there. Although I wish they’d kept Grover’s personality because it would have been nice to see someone as vulnerable and considerate as Grover. But they need comic relief so… and yep, it’s all the books in the series, they’ve been adapted to films. Netflix, I believe, is going to do an adaptation and I think much more true to the books, so watch this space! 😌

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      3. I love Grover! But Rick Riordan wrote him, a black character as a goat-boy while all Whites are beautiful humans! I think racism is present in the movies because the portrayal of the book/character itself is racist.

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