In The Battle of the Labyrinth, 15-year-old Percy must try to stop Luke and his Kronos-supporting-army from obtaining key things to success in the labyrinth that was made by Daedalus.
For a quickie on Greek mythology, the labyrinth was made for a king named Minos and the minotaur was put in there. It’s supposed to be incredibly difficult to navigate and stuff. (Check out Google for proper details)
Grover is also getting in a serious ton of trouble over his difficulty to locate Pan, the God of the Wild. I haven’t looked much into it, but it sees to me that there is some sort of mythological connection between Pan and the Greek labyrinth.
Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson troop off into the labyrinth to save the day again.
All in all, The Battle of the Labyrinth is getting a little darker and more serious; this is only to be expected though. There is a war brewing and the closer such things get the darker it should be expected, it would be pretty fluffy and out of character if Rick Riordan was sitting about and pretending like this war between the Titan’s and the Gods was just all fun and games. Plus, it’s nice to see that Rick Riordan knows how to pop in light, funny moments into the more serious themes occurring throughout the book.
I really love the characters and how they’re developing. Even Tyson, who was originally kind of simple-minded seeming has come so far; while still very child-like, he’s been able to start trusting Grover more and show more confidence in himself.
In The Titan’s Curse review, I already touched on how well Rick Riordan is setting up the series to progress and gradually introduce new gods and other aspects of Greek mythology. In The Battle of the Labyrinth, this included Briares, Calypso, and the Labyrinth. Plus, he doesn’t leave you being like “oh, there’s another book?”, there’s always a big bang at the end but the kind of big bang you can feel good about as opposed to the forced kind (he is a great writer, what can I say?)
Seriously, I can’t speak enough about this series and would so strongly encourage all of you to read it.
Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication: May 6, 2008
Publisher: Hyperion books for children
Genre: Fantasy, Young adult, Greek mythology
Page number: 341