Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Book Critique 2016 – 02/09/2016: The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & The Olympians - Book III)

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For the review of all the books: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: A thoroughly enjoyable book and definite pick for young readers

Titan's Curse is the third installment of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan and published in 2007. Looks like the trailer for the movie version of this book has been released in February of this year although there has been no official release date. I am not even sure if the trailer is a valid one. Here's the first look at the trailer.

However, here is my take on the book. In this book the plot revolves around now fourteen-year old demi-god Percy Jackson (son of a mortal woman and Greek god Poseidon) as he takes help of his friends to rescue Annabeth Chase, another demi-god and his love interest - daughter of mortal man and Greek goddess Athena - and the Greek goddess Artemis - Goddess of Hunt, Forest, Hills, Archery and the Moon - both being kidnapped. This book also shows the remaining journey for Thalia Grace after her soul has been restored and her body is returned in the previous book, The Sea of Monsters.

As chaperones in delivering the two sibling half-bloods Nico and Bianca di Angelo; Percy, Annabeth and Thalia face the manticore named Dr. Thorn - Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx. It has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth. Dr. Thorn kidnaps Annabeth in the fight the ensues even though Artemis and her hunters come to aid. Artemis goes on her own to hunt an Olympus-destroying monster while the hunters and the remaining half-bloods are sent back to Camp Half-Blood along with her brother Apollo - Greek god of Sun. While at the camp Percy and Zoe Nightshade - lieutanant to Artemis - have similar dreams about Artemis and Annabeth being in danger. Another prophecy by the Oracle is delivered to Zoe shortly which is as follows:

Five shall go west to the goddess in chains,
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

Thus starts the journey again for Percy, this time a lot more at stake than he could bargain for. He along with his friends travel West per the prophecy to free Artemis. In the process they meet monsters and foes / allies alike - more than one confrontation with Luke Castellan (a demi-god son of mortal woman and Greek god Hermes); Atlas - the general of Titan army; Nemean Lion; Ermythian Boar; encounter with Greek gods Ares and Aphrodite; Spartoi - skeleton armed with weapons; Nereus - eldest son of god Pontus and Gaia; Frederick Chase - Annabeth's father and the dragon Ladon. Also one gets to see the lives and paths of Thalia, Zoe and Nico along-side; all working to prevent the onset of the Great Prophecy.

This returns me to the prophecy proclaimed in this book. There was so much grief, hurt and loss in this prophecy that I had actually taken a break to read this book after this chapter. However, I renewed my feelings towards it and finished reading it successfully. Glad I did because there were so many places I visited and so much more about the characters I learned. That has made me continue reading the series.

All in all another good book to pick up and read.
Tags: books, critique by amateur, percy jackson the olympians, reviews

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