Onto the third book in the series and I am remembering why I love this series so much, so let’s see how this book pans out.
It’s not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…
Taken from goodreads
So while on a recruitment mission things start to go very wrong for Percy, the monster who is trying to take the kids gets away but not only that he takes Annabeth with him. At the same time the God artemis has been kidnapped and is hidden somewhere on the west side of America. This means a quest is in place to find Artemis in time for her to be on the council for the winter solstice. Percy is not chosen to go on the quest but he sneaks away anyway as he needs to find Annabeth. I remember when I first read this book that this was when I realised just how much I wanted Annabeth and Percy to be together, Percy was willing to travel the whole of the country and risk being killed in order to get his friends back.
You also get to see that Percy himself starts to notice he has feelings for Annabeth, yes it does take the god of love to basically have to tell him in order to do so but it is still progression. I feel bad for Percy during this book quite a lot, his friendship with Thiala is strained due to them both being children of the big three but Thiala is older so more like to be the child of the prophecy, but also because they are both very similar people. Not only that but because he is a boy, the leader of the quest Zoë is a hunters of Artemis hates him and at every single point tries to put him down.
Nico is a character I am actually interested in and it is going to be nice to reread his story, as I think except for the main three (Annabeth, Groover and Percy) he is my favourite character. This is because at a young age he has lost so much and has just as much potential as Percy does, but will his built up hatred make him make bad decisions? Well we will have to read to carry on.
The fighting scenes are starting to get better as Percy is getting more training and is learning how to fight properly, but we finally get to see the punishment that Ares promised from the first book coming back to bite Percy, which causes him to have to think on his fight when he is not able to fight.
The writing is great as it makes you just want to sit and read the book all in one sitting. This is what I have come to expect from Rick Riordan and it is great that even his early books are able to still do this. This is a great instalment in the series and I cant wait to get into the fourth book.