Riordan, Rick. The Titan's Curse. Hyperion Books, 2007. ISBN 9781423101451. $17.95. 312p.
Reviewer: Tessa McMillan
Reading level: Young adult
Genre: Fiction; Fantasy fiction;
Subject: Mythology, Greek--Juvenile fiction; Artemis (Greek deity)--Juvenile fiction; Animals, Mythical--Juvenile fiction; Books--Reviews;
After their adventure in the Sea of Monsters, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Thalia try to rescue two demigod children. One of Kronos' monsters, a manticore, captures Percy's group and tells them that Kronos is going to raise a powerful monster to overthrow Olympus with the help of the General. Artemis and her Hunters rescue Percy and his friends, but Annabeth is captured. Artemis goes off to search for the foretold monster and is also captured. Percy, Grover, Thalia, and two Hunters go on a quest to search for Artemis and Annabeth. On their way they meet a cow-fish that follows Percy around. Their journey ends on Mount Tamalpais in San Francisco. Before going to the mountain, Percy realizes that the cow-fish is the powerful monster Kronos wants, so Grover escapes with it. On the mountain top, Artemis has taken the spot of Atlas, the General, in holding up the sky. Percy fights Atlas and tricks him into holding the sky again. The rest of the group escapes and returns to Camp Half-Blood, but Kronos' monsters are there. Nico, one of the demigod children, destroys all of the monsters, and Percy realizes Nico is Hades' child.
Riordan succeeds in creating another action-packed and expertly written story in the Percy Jackson series. This third book, like Sea of Monsters, has a cliff-hanger ending. The next book is The Battle of the Labyrinth.
Volume 31, no. 2 (November/December 2010)
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