Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3: The Titan's Curse

by Rick Riordan

Paperback, 2008



Local notes

PB Rio (c.1)




Disney-Hyperion (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages


When the goddess Artemis disappears while hunting a rare, ancient monster, a group of her followers joins Percy and his friends in an attempt to find and rescue her before the winter solstice, when her influence is needed to sway the Olympian Council regarding the war with the Titans.


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Physical description

352 p.; 5.25 inches

Media reviews

So it's funny, but it's also very exciting, with the gods behaving in that disgraceful and unpredictable way that gods do. Then there are the really bad guys. If you're familiar with these ancient characters, you'll be impressed by how Riordan handles them. If they're new to you, it's a gripping
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Readers who are familiar with ancient mythology will enjoy Riordan's tongue-in-cheek approach; those who aren't just might be tempted to go to the original sources to learn more.

User reviews

LibraryThing member cpotter
Percy Jackson and his friends once again are threated by the minions of Titan lord Kronos. In this adventure they meet with the hunters of Athena, encounter the General (Atlas) and lost members of their rescue party. Their travels take them from New York and DC to the snowy mountains of Nevada, on
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to the desert, up the river to Hoover Dam then on to San Fransisco.
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LibraryThing member RebeccaAnn
Although this book seems to be regarded as the weakest book in the series, I thought it was quite a bit better than its predecessor, The Sea of Monsters. I thought the build-up and suspense was much better. I liked the relationship between Thalia and Percy, short-lived as it was. I especially loved
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the actual scene involving the titan's curse. I thought that was very well written. I think I might even call this book my favorite of the series so far. It caused me to finally break down and buy nice boxed set of the entire series.

I still wouldn't say these are the best youth fiction books around, but they're decent. Being a college graduate student, these "silly" books are all that keeps me sane sometimes so I'm going to continue reading the series. Having already read a couple chapters of the fourth book, I can say that one looks like it's going to be excellent!

4 stars!
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LibraryThing member StormRaven
In an interesting twist, at the end of The Sea of Monsters, the power of the Golden Fleece served to cure Thalia's Tree to such an extent that Thalia, daughter of Zeus, also came back to life. This complicates matters in The Titan's Curse by adding a second demigod with a parent who is a member of
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the "Big Three", and muddying the meaning of the prophecy that everyone had previously assumed applied directly to Percy. This, as one might expect, is just the beginning of the problems that confront Percy Jackson and his friends in the third installment of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as the main story line of the series begins to seriously pick up steam.

[More forthcoming]
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LibraryThing member NashNordin
Percy, Annabeth, Thalia and Grover were on a mission to help two demi-gods. But something went wrong when they were attacked by Dr. Thorn, a manticore. A group of huntress; led by the goddess, Artemis appeared to help them and Annabeth went missing in the struggle. Artemis then went on a quest to
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search for this monster, leaving her huntress with the half-blood camp.

But then, the huntress found out that Artemis went missing. Five people among the campers and huntress were chosen to go through the quest – to find Artemis before the winter solstice, excluding Percy. Determined to save Annabeth, Percy went out and followed the group on his own.

I found the third book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is much better than the second one. I like the storyline much better than the previous one. I thoroughly enjoyed Percy’s and his friends’ adventure to save Annabeth and Artemis. It was definitely fast-paced and entertaining. I have to say that I am definitely surprised with the twist at the end of the book. I look forward to read Percy’s next adventure.
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LibraryThing member snapplechick
This book was really great. Percy JAckson is coninuing the fight for the gods against Kronos and Luke. This was the saddest book in the series, but it was my favorite too. A really great read.
LibraryThing member reannon
This is another excellent entry in the Ella Clah mystery series, about a Navajo tribal policewoan who is a former FBI agent. It is one of two mystery series I know of that focuses on Navajo culture. The other one is the magnificent Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series by Tony Hillerman.

Mourning Dove
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focuses on the murder of a National Guardsman just returned from Iraq. Was it a carjacking gone wrong or something else? The plot works well, and along the way Ella's relationships, particularly with her daughter and her mother, grow and change.

Excellent story.
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LibraryThing member leom4
a very good follow up to an excelent series. A lot of good suspense.
LibraryThing member HustonAlba3
Much like the last two-except by far, the best one yet. Perceus fights along side Artemis and her companions. The friendships made and the mysteries unraveling are AMAZING. The deaths given.... sad.
LibraryThing member hpluver07
I liked this book, but it definitely leaves you hanging! I can't wait for the next one!
LibraryThing member mattkirschner
Incredible! I had such a tough time putting this novel down, as Riordan pulled me in even more than with The Lightning Thief with his world of incredible twists and turns. Riordan is a master storyteller, as every line has purpose and meaning in this series, and this was one of the best of the
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bunch. The integration of the gods and supporting characters in the story were especially strong. Read this novel!
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LibraryThing member Anduril85
I found The Titans Curse to be another great book in the series with just as much good humor, and exciting action, once again packed full of all the gods and monsters you could ask for, if you haven't read this series before then I think you should give it a try, it's one of my favorites.
LibraryThing member wmswarriors
Best book of the series! I highly recomend it if you like fantasy, myths, and action! If you liked this one read the rest of the seires!
LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
The action continues in this third book in the Percy Jackson series. It's winter vacation and Percy does not expect to end up at Camp Half-Blood, but Grover's tracking a couple of potential heroes at a boarding school in Maine and Percy, Thalia, and Annabeth are coming along. Things go awry and
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Annabeth goes missing as does the goddess Artemis. Artemis's Hunters are intent on finding her, Percy is intent on finding Annabeth, and a prophecy calls for a quest of five... two of which will be lost.

I'm not generally a series person, but this series has definitely gotten me hooked. It's funny, action-packed, and brings mythology to life. This third book ends on a total cliffhanger, so I really can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
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LibraryThing member emitnick
More adventures for halfbloods Percy, Thalia, and Annabel - half-human, half-Greek God. Annabel is captured by a monster, as is Artemis when she goes after her. Percy, Thalia, Grover the Satyr, and two Hunters travel off to San Francisco to get them back. Lots of thrills and fun.
LibraryThing member 9pb01bev
I liked it because a lot of things happen evry where
LibraryThing member laf
In this book, Percy finds out about two new half-bloods that don't know that they are demi-gods, Bianca di Angelo and Nico.

Artemis, goddess of the hunt, is captured by the Titans, the gods who existed before Zeus and Mt. Olympus.

Percy has to gang up with Artemis' hunters and save Artemis. Bianca
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becomes a hunter, and joins Percy in saving Artemis. However, this leads to problems between Percy and Nico.

The Titan's Curse is a very good addition to this series.
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LibraryThing member stephmo
The Titan's Curse is nearly all adventure and action, and not all of it rests with Percy in this third installment. Refreshing! We meet the Hunters, the female-empowerment branch of the demigod set, a mysterious set of twin half-bloods and we even learn why that quest to find Pan is so gosh-darn
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enticing and important. In our story, things go horribly wrong during what should be a simple grab of two young half-bloods and Annabeth seems to disappear into thin air. Back at camp, dreams appear to several individuals and we learn that Annabeth is in danger, along with Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. New monsters, old threats and big secrets await a cross-country trip our hero Percy isn't even selected to be a part of until fate clearly intervenes.

It's a fun read and there's enough monster action to choke a Pegasus. It's exactly the stuff of heroic adventure. There's still plenty to share about the difficulties of parents (mortal and god alike), as well as the mysterious backgrounds of newer quest members. But Riordan has hit a stride in this third volume; the sharing enhances and pushes the story forward instead of feeling like a drain on the action where you push through it just so you can get to the next battle or snark-off with Ares. I'm looking forward to the next volume.
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LibraryThing member HermionesTwin
This book was also good, but not quite as good as the first.
LibraryThing member missmath144
It wasn't so bad. Any kid who liked the first two and/or who likes mythology might like it, but I wanted to get back to my adult books.
LibraryThing member lefty33
The third book in the series is as fun and adventure-filled as the first two. Readers encounter gods not met in the first two books, learn more Greek mythology stories, meet some new heroes, and face unexpected monsters (some treacherous, some quite docile). The narrative maintains the same humor
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as the first books, even while the heroes are in mortal danger.

I particularly enjoyed the council of the gods and seeing the characters develop as individuals and as friends. In the first couple of chapters I was afraid that I had already figured out the plot, but was pleased to be surprised by unexpected twists later in the book. Overall, I found this to be an exciting addition to the Olympian series.
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LibraryThing member beserene
Okay, so this installment in the Percy Jackson series wasn't quite as good as #2, but I blame that mostly on the fact that Tyson is hardly in it at all. Instead, we have a new "new friend", who is quite serious and never cries or pats the ponies or makes an expandable shield from a wristwatch. In
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fact, the tone of this book is generally more serious than the previous one (Grover does not at any point wear a wedding dress, which seems a shame). Yes, I get that the world within the series is getting darker, and the characters are getting older, so one ought to expect the more serious tone, but this again is what happens to so many of these types of series -- Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, etc. They start out bright and fresh and funny and then get bogged down in their own dark sides. While this is made up for by the deepening of the peril and the intensifying of the quest (keeps us reading, that's for sure), it's a shame because those of us who have read a few of these series (and that's not just adults, but kids too these days) are often most entertained by what is funny or fresh or irreverent about them. I mean, Rowling's one-liners were the best things about the first couple HP books, but then they got forgotten as the story progressed. It seems that something similar will be happening to this series. Does that mean I'll stop reading it? Nah. I'm still interested and it is still interesting. (PS: People we like die in this book -- which is yet another familiar development -- so if your children started reading this series quite young, you might want to read this one with them.)
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LibraryThing member gillis.sarah
The first book in this series was great, but this one might be even better. Luke is getting more and more evil (and more misunderstood...aww) with each book, and now his evil has become personal. Action-packed, just like the first two.
LibraryThing member colvin
I didn’t want to read it, but a student made me! I’m not usually into the old gods & goddesses talking all modern, but the story held my attention. This is the third in a series called Percy Jackson and the Olympians; Percy is Perseus, a camper at Camp Half-Blood, where Dionysus is the somewhat
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negligent camp director and Chiron the wise director of activities. Missing the first two books in the series means I don’t get some references, but do get explanations for earlier events & characters. Lots of suspense, action, & wisecracks. Knowing your Greek mythology helps, & perhaps your Norse also; is Luke Loki?

Anyway, Percy & friends face an ominous prophecy and work with suspicious companions to rescue Artemis from the evil plans of Kronos and other Titans.
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LibraryThing member vanedow
This series keeps getting better and better.
LibraryThing member Joles
Another masterpiece by Rick Riordan. This book is just like the first two in terms of writing. We've now met even more of the Gods. We again see the Oracle and get a new prophecy. This book allows us to get close to Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt.

Well written. I cannot wait to dig into book 4!




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