The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan
Publication: March 6th, 2008
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
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The Battle of the Labyrinth is literally that. A battle within the labyrinth that Daedalus created. But before that comes Percy is once again at a new school trying not to get kicked out. He should know something is up when life is going well and three cheerleaders that are not cheerleaders are there, plus the mortal Rachel who seems to see past the mist. Things blow up and that is the start to another wild ride for Mr. Jackson. The camp finds out that Kronos will use the maze to take his army into the heart of Camp Half-Blood. To stop him they must find the string that will help lead them through the maze. It’s a dangerous quest of betrayal and the clock keeps ticking and is drawing closer to the impending war.
Prophecy & meaning
You shall delve in the darkness of the endless maze. (Daedalus’s maze)
The dead, the traitor, and the lost one raise. (Dead people, Ethan Nakamura, Pan)
You shall rise or fall by the ghost king’s hand, (Nico decided to save them)
the child of Athena’s final stand. (Daedalus)
Destroy with a hero’s final breath. (Daedalus died to destroy the Labyrinth)
And lose a love to worse than death. (Luke becoming Kronos)
This book doesn’t have any new characters that are apart of the main cast of characters but we do get to meet Grover’s girlfriend named Juniper. She is a tree nymph and the cutest character lol. She is so cute and a major sweetheart. I adore how much she cares about Grover and is always trying to protect him. Then there is Quintus who is actually Daedalus. He was a great antagonist because when first reading (this was a reread so I knew) you sort of suspect something but I did not expect that. I like his addition to the story and what he adds to it.
The Battle of the Labyrinth is a tale of epic proportions. Book four is pulling out all the stops. The craziness of the maze translates into the writing. I love all the twists and turns (literally lol). Riordan gets better and better. Each book heightens the stakes that Percy and the gang have to deal with. It is in my top three out of all five books because of how amazingly written it is.
Nico had summoned the dead with Coke and cheeseburgers.
“Because of that little spat, I had with Hercules? Honestly, I got so much bad press because of one disagreement.” “Didn’t you try to kill him, like, a lot of times?”
I had made this. I had brought the ocean to this hillside.
And then she did something that surprised me even more. She kissed me. “Be careful, Seaweed Brain.” She put on her hat and vanished. I probably would’ve sat there for the rest of the day, starting at the lava and trying to remember what my name was, but the sea demons jarred me back to reality.
“I couldn’t release him, could I? I mean, I’m not that powerful!” The god grunted. “Not that powerful, eh? Could have fooled me. You’re the son of the Earthshaker, lad. You don’t know your own strength.”