Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The Titan's CurseTitle: The Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3
Published: May 2007
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

American author Rick Riordan continues his imaginative and mythological story about Percy Jackson in the third installment of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Titan’s Curse.

In The Titan’s Curse, Percy and his friends discover two half-blood children at a military school and save them. However, who their famous and godly parent is, no one knows. Then, the huntress Artemis and Percy’s friend Annabeth disappear, and the group attempts to save the two from impending doom.

I really enjoyed this novel. So far, it’s my highest-rated Percy Jackson novel, and for very good reason. The flow of the novel was perfect. Riordan really knows how to set the pace of his novels without seeming to leave things out. Sometimes, I know that can be difficult for writers, but not Riordan. His pacing has been flowy and good from the beginning.

I also really liked how the title of this novel was less obvious than the others. The Titan’s curse isn’t a real curse put on any one person, like a disease, but a cursed act against one specific Titan for the rest of his days. It felt less contrived, the whole book, because it wasn’t a forced title, or a forced plot device. It just was.

However, I felt this novel didn’t stick with me as well as the others. It may be because I’ve been reading these books nonstop for the past week or so, but the action and plot of The Titan’s Curse didn’t stay with me as long as the plot in The Lightning Thief did, or The Sea of Monsters. This could also have something to do with how the first two have movies to go along with them, but I’m not really sure.

But, overall, this has been my favorite. Percy’s humor splotches throughout when comic relief is necessary, and each of the other characters’ personalities explode on the page in similar fashion. The easy-to-read novel may be for a younger demographic, but in all reality it is a very enjoyable part of the series.

To read the other Percy Jackson and the Olympians novels, or to check out Rick Riordan’s other series The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus or Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, go to Barnes and Noble or Amazon in store or online.

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