The Titan's Curse
Percy Jackson and his friends Annabeth and Thalia are sent to Maine to check out and rescue two children in a private school. Their friend Grover is there. Grover has been protecting two Half-Blood children from the monster who is in charge of the school. During the rescue Percy meets another goddess, Artemis, and her group of maiden Hunters. Annabeth falls off a cliff and disappears during the rescue.
Then Artemis is kidnapped. Thalia, Grover, and Zoe, the Hunter lieutenant, are part of a small rescue mission from which Percy is forbidden because he is male. (Grover is a satyr, so he just makes the cut.) Percy follows them because he knows he must find Annabeth. He sees the group is being followed. After rescuing them, Zoe allows he is needed on their quest. The group heads west, needing to reach San Francisco from Washington D.C. in less than a week.
This is a group of half gods and mythical creatures. They are being chased by monsters and zombies. The half gods are between 12 and 15. You know they're going to have trouble. The prophecy they heard from the Oracle before they left is hanging over them. One will disappear in the desert. Another will die by the hand of a parent. Yet they need to save Artemis in order to carry on the larger war against the Titans.
The other day I was working in the library book store and a mother was trying to convince her 10-year-old son he wouldn't like Harry Turtledove (he wouldn't have). I tried to help her, but I was another adult. She finally forbid him to get that book and take another. I was reading The Titan's Curse between customers (the joys of working in a book store). I was able to convince him he might, possibly, like this series. I wouldn't have thought of it if I hadn't been enjoying this book at the time. I think Percy Jackson will be perfect for this boy. His mom made sure they had the title of The Lightening Thief and Rick Riordan's name written down for them. This series should be perfect for what he seemed he wanted.
The Titan's Curse tightens up the Olympian series more, making it tenser as Percy nears his 16th birthday. He has an enemy or two among the Olympian gods, but he has friends, too, as well as his powerful father. This book continues a fun, active children's urban fantasy series that will be enjoyed by that 10-year-old and those of us older who like good fantasy. But this series does need to be read in order. If you haven't read the other books, don't start here. Go back to The Lightening Thief and then sit back and enjoy.
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