The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
Publication: May 5th, 2007
Genre: YA Fantasy
It’s not every day you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…
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The Titan’s Curse starts out with Percy and the gang rescuing some new demigods and meeting the Hunter’s of Artemis. This sets them on the course for the book. Something that can end the Olympians has just been brought into play and Krono’s wants to get his hands on it while also setting up a trap for Percy and co. The newest prophecy talks about people dying by a parent’s hand and some crazy stuff that Percy knows means disaster. Artemis is taken prisoner by Atlas and Annabeth as well and the Hunters and Campers together must save them both. Another quest filled with dangerous monsters, Luke & Kronos, and a lot of comedy. Percy will do all he can to save those he loves and the world. Plus there is the whole dooming prophecy of hi turning 16 still dangling over his head.
Prophecy & meaning
Five shall go west to the goddess in chains, (Zoë, Bianca, Thalia, Grover, Percy)
One shall be lost in the land without rain, (Bianca dies at a desert junkyard)
The bane of Olympus shows the trail, (Bessie the cow serpent)
Campers and Hunters combined prevail, (Work together)
The Titan’s curse must one withstand, (Percy holds the sky-Atlas’ curse)
And one shall perish by a parent’s hand. (Zoë dies by Atlas her dad)
Thalia is a new character who is a daughter of Zeus. She sacrificed herself for Annabeth, Grover, and Luke years ago so Zeus turned her into a tree that protected Camp-Half Blood’s borders. When the Gold Fleece cured the tree in The Sea of Monsters it cured it so much that she became alive. She is very powerful and when she and Percy argue it can get a bit wild. Nico and Bianca are new characters that Percy and the gang save from a monster at a school. It is revealed that they are brother and sister and the children of Hades but were born before the pact of the Big Three. He and Bianca were inside the Lotus Casino for some unknown reason, which we later learn, but were then brought back out into the real world. Bianca joins the Hunters of Artemis right away and is a bit of a happy girl who wants to form a name outside of Nico’s sister. Nico is very young but has to grow up quickly. He goes from a cute child playing card games to a dark boy filled with a lot of anger and hate due to the death of his sister. Zoë & the Hunters of Artemis are the last batches of newbies. Zoë is the main character who talks from the Hunters. As you know, the Hunters follow Artemis and are her maidens and they don’t take lovers. Zoë is very by the book and follows her orders. She does not like to be around boys but learns that some heroes are good people. I really enjoyed her a lot.
The Titan’s Curse is such a joy to read with the new addition of characters. I am telling you Riordan never goes wrong with his writing. The books continue to get better and the stakes get higher. I think one of my favorite things about Riordan’s writing is his action sequences. They feel very authentic and real. Also his comedy. Riordan is one author who I can read and really laugh out loud with every single book.
It seemed weird calling a teenager “sir” but I’d learned to be careful with immortals. They tended to get offended easily. Then they blew stuff up.
“Well,” said Apollo with a brave smile. “You were right, my dear. You had everything under control! Let’s go see if we boiled anyone important, shall we?
I got to my feet and willed the entire creek to rise. It swirled up, hundreds of gallons of water in a massive icy funnel cloud.
“There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it.”
“I’ll die anyway,” I said. “Give me the weight of the sky!”
“Let the world honor you, my Huntress,” Artemis said. “Live forever in the stars.”
“…Your fatal flaw is personal loyalty Percy. You do not know when it is time to cut your losses. To save a friend, you would sacrifice the world. In a hero of the prophecy, that is very, very dangerous.”