Title: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Release Date: April 8th 2008
When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he’ll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and…a ride from his mom.
The demigods race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.
Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge yet—the chilling prophecy of the Titan’s curse.
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
My Thoughts On…
For Percy Jackson of course his Winter break was going to start off with some sign of danger. After receiving a plea for help from Grover he drives out to a private military school with Annabeth and Thalia to retrieve two newly discovered half-bloods and bring them back to the safety of Camp Half-Blood. However there is already a monster on their tail and when Percy loses track of Annabeth, Thalia and Grover he decides to go after the monster, and save the two new half-bloods, on his own.
When the monster attacks Percy barely escapes in one piece, and that’s in large part due to the timely arrival of Artemis and her Hunters. However when the tide turned against him and the monster fled he took Annabeth with him. While Artemis leaves on a hunt to track down a great monster which could bring down Olympus itself Percy, Thalia and Grover head back to Camp Half-Blood with Bianca and Nico DiAngelo and Artemis’ Hunters.
Back at the camp, while playing capture the flag and trying in vain to decide what to do about Luke, Annabeth remains missing and Percy dreams about her crushed under the weight of a heavy burden. Then when Artemis goes missing as well Zoe and Bianca, two of the her Hunters, along with Thalia and Grover are chosen to go on a quest to find Artemis before the Winter Solstice and the council of the Gods.
Percy, desperate to find and save Annabeth, and also keep an eye on Bianca at the request of her brother, sneaks along as well. However along the way when he spots Dr. Thorn, the monster who attacked Nico and Bianca at their boarding school, he can’t resist spying on him, hoping for information on Luke, Kronos, or even Annabeth. But soon Percy has an army of skeletons that can’t be killed on his trail and he needs to warn Zoe, Thalia and Grover about what he overheard, about the monster coming for them, and about Kronos’s General waiting for them at the end of their journey.
As the group of five travel towards Artemis and towards Annabeth the prophecy which foretold destruction for the group starts coming true, and there’s one part both Percy and Thalia are wary of, the line which foretells one of them dying at the hands of their parent.
Percy is such a brilliant character, he cares so much for his friends and is willing to do anything to help them, which we have already seen in the first two books but we see once again in this one. After Annabeth is taken, and as the Hunter’s are planning their quest to save Artemis, Percy’s only thought is for Annabeth. He doesn’t want to go on the quest for the glory or the adventure, he wants to go to save his friend.
While he is incredibly loyal to the people he cares about he does have a very black and white view of things. In Percy’s mind Luke cannot be saved, the actions he has taken are irredeemable and he can’t understand why Annabeth doesn’t see that.
Thalia has been a tree for years before being awoken by the golden fleece, and while she understands a lot of the world there is still quite a bit she’s missed out on. She sacrificed her life for Luke and Annabeth and now, waking up years later, there is a new child of the big three, Annabeth has a new best friend, and Luke is working for the other side. There are a lot similarities between Thalia and Percy; they’re both very defensive and quick to anger, especially at each other, but they remain good friends at the same time.
Similarly to Luke Thalia honestly believes her father doesn’t care for her, that he abandoned her, and it causes her to see things from Luke’s side more than she’ll probably admit to anyone. She doesn’t believe her father will help her when she prays to him and she resents him for abandoning her.
We don’t see much from Annabeth in this book, but in some ways it was nice to see Percy, Grover and Thalia work without her. She’s the connection they all have, the glue that holds them together, and the one that usually comes up with the plans. Annabeth, despite everything he’s done, still can’t see Luke as anything else than her friend. She’s looked up to him since she was seven when he saved her and brought her to Camp Half-Blood, she believes he deserves another chance to do the right thing.
I loved the introduction of Artemis’s Hunters; especially Zoe who was a really interesting character, more so as bits and pieces of her history was revealed. I also enjoyed meeting the two new half-bloods, Bianca and Nico DiAngelo; even though Nico is mad at his sister for joining the Hunters, abandoning him, he still wants to look out for her on her quest the way she has for him his whole life.
The first two books, which don’t get me wrong I really did love, had more of a mixture of Greek myths and monsters with one as the central plot arc. The Titan’s Curse feels like the first book which has one solid story arc with just a few little elements mixed in here and there. The Lightning Thief introduced us to the world; the Gods and the monsters, however now we’ve reached The Titan’s Curse we already have the back story we need so now the series is reaching the point where the quests are all about one main goal. There are still monsters and Greek figures Percy and his friends meet along the way but they are connected to the end goal rather than miscellaneous creatures.
One of the main things I loved about this book was the inclusion of the specific titan and his curse which this book focused on. There are no spoilers of course but if you’ve read this book you know what the curse is and what burden Annabeth, Artemis and Percy take turns in bearing. The original story is one of my favourites in Greek Mythology, and I loved seeing Rick Riordan’s trademark modern spin on it, especially in what has fast become one of my favourite series.
The Titan’s Curse is definitely the best of the three books I’ve read so far, and I can see now what everyone meant when they said the series gets better and better. It feels like there’s more at stake now for Percy and his friends, like this book was the start of the path they’re going to be walking down to face Luke and Kronos.
What did you think of Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.