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The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) by Rick Riordan
Review by Drew Bittner
Miramax Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 1423101456
Date: 01 May 2007 List Price $17.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

In his third adventure, Percy Jackson must seek out a missing classmate, as well as the absent Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt. Being a son of Poseidon won't be enough this time. Percy will have to meet some big challenges if he's going to keep a titanic danger from engulfing the world.

In The Titan's Curse, 14-year old demigod (or "halfblood") Percy Jackson is coming to terms with his half-divine heritage. He's been through two adventures already and has a reputation at Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for the Olympian gods' children.

Things are bad almost from the start. It begins with a mission to rescue two kids who might be halfbloods from a private school. With his friends Grover the satyr, Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and Thalia (daughter of Zeus), Percy sneaks into a school dance, only to find that the bad guys are waiting for them.

While trying to escape the minions of the school master, Percy and his friends are helped by Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, and her retinue of warrior maidens. Annabeth is believed killed in action, but the others are delivered to Camp Half-Blood, where they soon learn that not only is Annabeth alive (but a captive)... Artemis has also gone missing, lost while trying to hunt down a monster that endangers all of them. They also learn that a mysterious figure known as The General is behind Annabeth's kidnapping.

Spurred to action by a prophecy from the Oracle, Percy and his friends set off across the United States, from New York to San Francisco, to find Annabeth and Artemis, as well as prevent the titan Kronos from fulfilling his evil plans. Along the way, they encounter a captive titan, a beach-boy sun god and myriad more mythological dangers and entities. They also find out that there are bigger dangers on the horizon... and that not all of them will necessarily make it out of this mission alive.

By the end, of course, the secret of The General is revealed--much to the surprise and dismay of Percy and his friends!

Rick Riordan ups the stakes in this volume. Having started Percy off with big adventures already, it's time to build on the overall arc of the series--and that's what he does here. Some of the enemy's doings come into focus, lending a new urgency to Percy's adventures, while esoteric myths are recycled into fresh, modern incarnations to challenge and bedevil the young heroes.

Fans of youthful adventurers like Harry Potter will find Percy Jackson's tales an entertaining read, as well as an intriguing mash-up of Greek mythology.

Recommended.

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