Before anything else, I apologize to my email subscribers who received a strange one sentence email saying only: “I read The Battle of the Labyrinth” a few hours ago. Like WHAT??? Uhhh good for you Marie!? You were confused, I was embarrassed, it was bad. REAL BAD. So here’s to no more accidents pushing the “publish” button before I’ve got a paragraph written up… May it last long!
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Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth—a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.
“Don’t feel bad. I’m usually about to die.”
I read The Battle of the Labyrinth in part before Heartless and in part after. To be honest, it didn’t capture my attention in the first half and that’s why I put it aside to move on to Heartless. (Awful, I know.) But when I finally got back around to it, I was pleased to find that the next half was so different.
I enjoyed the mounting complexity and action in this installment of the Percy Jackson series. The character arcs are coming together and it’s so cool to see them all intertwine! I’m particularly enjoying Nico di Angelo’s arc, but hey, we all have our favorites. 😉
Riordan’s writing style is still sassy as ever, and sometimes I really do wish he’d lay off and get serious. But overall, I could get past it and enjoy the story. It just feels dry and lacking sometimes because of it, though it never misses out on humor.
As for the plot of this story, though, it outshines all the others. There is more of a sense of meaning and purpose here and higher stakes. It felt like an adventure I wanted to be on, in a way. There were a few plot twists I didn’t see coming, which I really loved. It wasn’t extremely thrilling, but it was so, so enjoyable.
As for other elements of the story such as worldbuilding and dialogue, they remain the same as they’ve been throughout the series. Not disappointing, but not entirely incredible ether.
I was impressed with the ending of The Battle of the Labyrinth, the touch of emotion that’s been added, and the overall feel that it’s gotten personal. I have high expectations for the next book, as I can honestly say I truly enjoyed The Battle of the Labyrinth. I’m excited for what’s ahead.
I’ve covered the series’ worldbuilding in the past, and I’m not going to repeat a lot of it, because it’s much of the same. The world doesn’t feel distinct or focused on much. It feels thrown together a little haphazardly, but that’s fine. It doesn’t take away from the story. (Unless you’re a worldbuilding snob like me. Otherwise you should be fine.)
But to end on a good note, I loved the growth in Rick Riordan’s writing here. There was a little more weight to it, which I appreciated. There’s more of a sense of what’s at stake here than in the previous books, and there was a little more drive. That’s not to say it loses it’s trademark sarcasm; Riordan remains ever the sass master. There’s just a better balance between gravity and humor. Very well done, if I do say so myself.
So what now? Here’s my final thoughts…
The Battle of the Labyrinth was a pleasant sequel in the Percy Jackson series, even if it wasn’t all too thrilling. I enjoyed the introduction of new threads that I can’t wait to see tie together. I’m looking forward to continuing the series!
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