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Book Review: The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) by Rick Riordan

Updated on August 26, 2014

“I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want—a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humor, surprises, and mystery.” - Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse Book Cover
The Titan's Curse Book Cover | Source

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Book 1: The Lightning Thief
Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
Book 3: The Titan's Curse
Book 4: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Book 5: The Last Olympian

Main Characters

Percy Jackson
Thalia- daughter of Zeus
Luke- traitor to Camp Half-Blood, son of Hermes
Annabeth- daughter of Athena
Grover- Percy's best friend
Zoe Nightshade- Hunter, Lieutenant to Artemis
Artemis- goddess of the hunt
Apollo- twin of Artemis, god of the sun
Blackjack- Pegasus who has taken a liking to Percy
Chiron- former Activities Director at Camp Half-Blood, Centaur

The Titan's Curse: Making Greek Mythology Fun!

Annabeth and Artemis have been kidnapped. Percy and four others take on a quest to save her from an unknown captor. Ancient monsters are being awakened for the first time in thousands of years. They know something is gaining power and quickly and they have to stop it, but they don't know what or where it is.

Rick Riordan does not disappoint with the third book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Putting a modern spin on Greek mythology, Riordan shows off his creative genius page after page. In the third book, we get to know some new characters and connect even more with protagonist Percy Jackson and his best friend Grover.

The intended audience is middle grade readers, but readers of all ages will enjoy The Titan's Curse. As a bonus, readers will benefit from learning about Greek mythology in a way that's easy to understand and remember.

I recommend this book as a stand alone book, or along with the first two books in the series, The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters. Jackson is like-able and the stories are well-written and entertaining.

Interview with Rick Riordan

5 Facts About Rick Riordan

  1. Rick Riordan was a middle school teacher before becoming a full-time writer.
  2. His son Haley had just been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia when Riordan created the character of Percy Jackson, who shares the same characteristics. He said, “Making Percy ADHD and dyslexic was my way of honoring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions. It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark of being very, very talented.That’s what Percy discovers about himself in The Lightning Thief."
  3. He originally went to school to study music.
  4. He wrote award-winning adult mysteries before he started writing for children.
  5. He is from San Antonio, Texas.

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