The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
Publication: Hyperion Book CH (April 8, 2008), Paperback, 336 pages / ISBN 1423101480
Genre: Adventure, Urban Fantasy, YA
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First sentence: The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons and took me to a new boarding school.
Warning: This review has definite spoilers in it. If you haven’t read books #1 & #2 before, please do! (Unless you don’t care about spoilers, I guess.)
Though the second book was a little disappointing, I had high hopes for this one, especially since it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, I like this installment the least of all of them!
Summary from Amazon:
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared-a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
I did like some things. There’s some interesting new happenings in The Titan’s Curse, the best of which is Percy’s prophecy dreams. I’m sure those will come in handy later, for sure. I also liked some of the new characters, like the Hunters, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a feisty redhead who helps save Percy, and the Ophiotaurus, the cow-fish thing that turns out to be important later. Tyson comes back, and there’s some great fight scenes again, plus we get to me Annabeth’s father finally. Also, fatal flaws show up! Those’ll come in handy later, too.
That’s where the good things ended, though. I hated Thalia, Zeus’ kid who used to be a tree, and I didn’t particularly like the di Angelos either. Story points seem even more disconnected here than in the last book, and an alarming amount of characters come into the story only be be killed off halfway through. If a book was like a ball of yarn this one would be half unraveled and tangled around a thorn bush.
The bad guys were meh, the new gods introduced were meh, and everything else that I’ve forgotten about since I’ve read it must have been meh as well.
I was just dissatisfied with this book. It wasn’t nearly what I was expecting, and if I hadn’t already checked out the fourth one from the library, I probably wouldn’t have read it. (I did read it, however, and, sneak preview: I liked it much better than this one!) This one seemed like a stepping stone between #2 and #4, and not like a proper book in its own right. I hope that makes sense; I’m not sure how else to explain it!
Also, I couldn’t help noticing that Percy has a strange habit of saying that he won’t see something “for a long time,” and it’s always just a week or something. I think he said that three times in this book alone, and for sure he’s said it in the previous two books, too. Overdramatic, much?
And to compound my dislike of this book, near the end someone let through “assume” instead of “as soon.” WHOOPS.
In one sentence: A disappointing installment in an otherwise wonderful book series.
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