BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2008
IL 5-8, RL 4.1
this fourth installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series,
Percy goes on a quest with his demigod friend Annabeth in search of Daedalus.
They must find him and convince him to help the Olympians by preventing
the demigod traitor Luke and the growing Titan army from invading Camp
Half-Blood through the Labyrinth. Originally created by the mortal inventor
Daedalus for King Minos, the Labyrinth, like Mount Olympus, has shifted
locations and now continues to grow beneath the cities of the United States.
Annabeth, a daughter of Athena, the Greek goddess of Wisdom, breaks the
sacred rule of three and asks Percy, his Cyclops half-brother Tyson, and
Grover, the satyr seeker, to accompany her on her quest. Along the way
they encounter numerous monsters and mythological creatures that seek to
impede their progress. Lord Kronos gathers strength and war between the
Olympians and the evil Titans seems imminent.
Author Rick Riordan has written
a compelling episode that will continue to delight readers interested in
Greek and Roman mythology. Percy is a likable hero who falls into unbelievable
circumstances that are only possible in the world of fantasy. Although
readers not familiar with the previous three novels in the series may have
some initial questions, enough background is provided that permits novices
to get caught up in the story and root for the heroes. All four novels
are great companions for a mythology unit and bring the ancient world to
life in contemporary American society. The Battle of the Labyrinth even
features a scene set in our beautiful state of Colorado.
Mythology, Greek -- Fiction.
Labyrinths -- Fiction.
Camps -- Fiction.
Monsters -- Fiction.
Animals, Mythical -- Fiction.
Titans (Mythology) -- Fiction.