The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
Summary:When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and . . . a ride from his mom.
The demigods race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. But that's not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey...
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.
WOW. Rick Riordan has really upped his game here. There is more danger and urgency, more unforgettable characters, and more humor than in any of the previous installments, something that when combined glues you to your seat the entire way through.
The Titan’s Curse begins with a call from Grover. He has found two enormously powerful half-bloods, and he needs Percy, Annabeth and newly “resurrected” Thalia to help him take them to Camp Half-Blood. What they don’t realize is that is really a trap set by Kronos’ troops, who manage to take Annabeth captive. Can Percy save her before its too late?
What is so incredible about this series is seeing the characters grow every year between books. Percy is such a different character than he was at the beginning of the series, yet he has still yet to lose his unwavering loyalty and bravery.
We’re also introduced to two incredibly powerful new half-blood siblings, Nico and Bianca di Angelo, who seem destined to play large roles in the coming books.
“Are you really the son of Poseidon?” Nico asked.
“Can you surf really well, then?”
I looked at Grover, who was trying hard not to laugh.
“Jeez, Nico,” I said. “I’ve never really tried.”
He went on asking questions. Did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn’t answer that one.) If Annabeth’s mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn’t Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)
Additionally, we’re introduced to hot-headed Thalia, the daughter of Zeus, who was “resurrected” at the end of The Sea of Monsters. Thalia and Percy are incredibly similar in personality, causing them to constantly bicker; yet they evidently care for each other and have an impressive friendship.
Riordan continues to masterfully embed Greek myths to his stories, and Percy and co. encounter not only more monsters and heroes, but more gods and goddesses as well within this installment.
An impressive and hilarious addition to the new series, I am extremely curious to see where Riordan takes the story next, especially after the painful and shocking revelation / cliffhanger at the end.
“Let us find the dam snack bar,” Zoe said. “We should eat while we can.”
Grover cracked a smile. “The dam snack bar?”
Zoe blinked. “Yes. What is funny?”
“Nothing,” Grover said, trying to keep a straight face. “I could use some dam french fries.”
Even Thalia smiled at that. “And I need to use the dam restroom.”
I started cracking up, and Thalia and Grover joined in, while Zoe just looked at me. “I do not understand.”
“I want to use the dam water fountain,” Grover said.
“And…” Thalia tried to catch her breath. “I want to buy a dam t-shirt.”