So, somehow I’ve missed reading this series before! I thought I’d include it here.
Perseus “Percy”Jackson has always been a kid prone to “accidents”, things that aren’t really his fault but are inevitably blamed on him. With his dyslexia and attention issues, Percy hasn’t been well-liked. Away at yet another boarding school, Percy encounters some odd things going on. One of his teachers turns into a big monster and tries to kill him, another teacher throws him a sword to kill the monster, and his best friend, Grover, pretends that all of it never happened even though he saw it. Percy doesn’t know what to think until a Minotaur shows up at his house, causing Percy, his mother, and a magically appearing (and pantsless) Grover to run for safety. They are taken to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp of sorts for the mortal children of the Greek gods, of which Percy is one. But in the battle with the Minotaur, his mother vanishes leaving Percy to believe she is dead, and Percy has no idea which god fathered him. When he is discovered to be the son of Poseidon, one of the top three gods (the others are Zeus and Hades), he finds himself embroiled in a huge mess because the gods are upset. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, Percy (with Poseidon) is believed to be the culprit, and it could be the start of an all out war. Percy must find the lightning thief before the solstice or he’s toast! He’ll never find out what happened to his mother or save his father from the blame. With help from his trusty friend (and satyr) Grover and new friend Annabeth, Percy must journey into Hades’ realm and confront the god of the underworld who must’ve stolen the master bolt to start a war with his brothers…
In this second story of Percy Jackson, our boy hero must make a hard choice. His friend Grover is in great danger, and Percy knows he’s the only hope of saving him. But Camp Half-Blood is also in great danger because Luke, revealed to be a traitor in the last book, has poisoned a very special tree that protected the camp from outside attack. To save it, they need the Golden Fleece, a magical artifact that has been missing for hundreds of years. Although the quest for the Golden Fleece has been given to another young demigod, Clarisse, a daughter of Ares, Percy cannot just stand aside and not try to rescue his friend. Percy, Annabeth, and new character, Tyson, a young Cyclops whom Percy befriended (who also happens to be his half-brother, another son of Poseidon), escape the camp to travel into the Sea of Monsters and find Grover before he becomes roasted goat dinner! Meanwhile, the threat of Luke, his amassing army, and an ancient Titan enemy of the gods, Kronos, loom ever nearer.
In this third installment, Percy’s friend Annabeth has been kidnapped while they were trying to help Grover rescue two powerful new half-bloods. And during the night, one of the gods, Artemis, the maiden huntress, is kidnapped as well. Accompanied by Thalia, Zeus’ daughter that was changed back from being the tree that protected Camp Half-Blood, Grover, and two huntresses from Artemis’s band, Percy must rescue Annabeth and Artemis while avoiding the dangerous prophecy made by the Oracle. If Percy fails, the Titans are one step closer to challenging Mount Olympus.
Percy’s luck with school proves once again to be terrible as he is exposed by monsters and forced to run to Camp Half-Blood. There, Grover is under trial from his satyr elders because he has not yet found their god, Pan. Grover has only one week to find him. Things aren’t looking well on the Luke/Kronos front either as they are planning the destruction of Camp Half-Blood and all of its heroes. Their means to enter the camp? The mysterious Labyrinth. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson journey into the maze hoping to find its creator and persuade him not to help Luke and Kronos or the downfall of the gods is imminent. Luckily for Percy, he has some extra help from a very special mortal, Miss Rachel Elizabeth Dare, which doesn’t make Annabeth very happy at all…
Kronos has officially declared war on the Olympians. Most of the gods are busy fighting the enormous giant Typhon which has been raised up from Mount St. Helens and is making its way across the country to NYC, disguised as horrendously destructive storm system. There’s no one left to defend Mount Olympus except Percy and the heroes from Kronos and his army. Plus, when Percy has gone up against Kronos/Luke before, he has failed. Nico, son of Hades, has a risky plan for Percy, but to win against Kronos, everyone must sacrifice and work together otherwise their world is doomed. Annabeth, Grover, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, Thalia, Nico, Tyson, and other favorite characters from the series are back helping Percy and the gods defend Olympus. Some surprising twists and turns are in this final installment, and I’ll be impressed if you don’t get completely sucked in!
This was definitely a series I loved so much that I had to buy it! I absolutely need to read the other Riordan books (especially about Percy)!