The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is probably my all-time favorite series. I recommend this book to anyone at all, no matter how young or old.
The Lightning Thief
This first book introduces the Lighting Thief series about a boy named Percy who finds out that all the Greek myths that he's read were real. He finds out that his dad is Poseidon, god of the sea, and someone has stolen Zeus' master lightning bolt.
Zeus claims that the thief is Percy, so he must find the real thief and return it before the Summer Solstice when the gods have a big meeting. This lightning bolt is important because it is Zeus' source of power, and if he doesn't get it back, there will be a big war between Zeus and Poseidon.
I like this mystery fantasy adventure, especially when Percy was sword fighting Ares, the god of war. This was one of my favorite scenes because it was exciting fun.
This book does not refer to the Greek myths as much as the others in the series, but it does introduce the Greek gods who are just like what you hear from the Greek myths. This book brings the ancient Greek myths to life.
The Sea of Monsters
This story relates to the myth of the cyclops, like the one in Ulysses. In the original myth, Ulysses has to escape from Calypso's, the cyclops, island.
In The Sea of Monsters, instead of escaping, Percy has to get to the island to get the golden fleece (like the golden fleece in Jason and the Argonauts.)
Percy needs this golden fleece to cure Thalia's tree because the tree makes the magic borders that protects his half-blood camp from monsters. Half-bloods are kids who's one of their parents is a god. Percy is a half-blood who lives at the camp because monsters attack half-bloods who don't live there.
This is an exciting addition to the Lightning Thief series.
The Titan's Curse
In The Titan's Curse, Percy finds out about two new half-bloods that don't know that they are demi-gods, Bianca di Angelo and Nico.
Artemis, goddess of the hunt, is captured by the Titans, the gods who existed before Zeus and Mt. Olympus.
Percy has to gang up with Artemis' hunters and save Artemis. Bianca becomes a hunter, and joins Percy in saving Artemis. However, this leads to problems between Percy and Nico.
The Titan's Curse is a very good addition to this series.
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Battle of the Labyrinth is about Percy finding that there is an entrance to a giant labyrinth, bigger than the one in ancient Greek myths about the Minotaur, that covers the entire world. If Kronos, Zeus' father and enemy, learns how to navigate the maze, then he could go straight under the magic borders that protect Camp Half-Bloods.
Kronos wants to take down Camp Half-Blood before he tackles the gods at Mt. Olympus.
Now, Percy must find the maker of the maze so he doesn't tell Kronos how to navigate the maze.
I think this is an amazing addition to the series.
This is one of my favorite series, but there is still one more book to come. The final book in the series, The Last Olympian, is coming out May 5, 2009. I can't wait!
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