Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4: The Battle of the Labyrinth

by Rick Riordan

Paperback, 2009



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PB Rio (c.1)




Disney-Hyperion (2009), Edition: Reprint, 361 pages


When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.

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361 p.; 5.25 inches

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LibraryThing member mattkirschner
The fourth novel in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series jumps straight into the action, intrigue, and mystery and rarely lets up. From start to finish, this book kept me rapt and intrigued as Riordan masterfully laid out and unfolded the mysteries therein. Excellent new characters and plot
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twists and turns make this an incredible read with enough adventure, action, heartbreak, and joyous moments to make fans crave the fifth and final installment.
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LibraryThing member frazrat
This is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series. Another fun tale. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially a reluctant reader. The action is non-stop. The mythology is fun and wacky. I can't keep these books on my shelf and usually have a waiting list for them. I hope there will be
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many more in this series.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
It's another round of perils and quests in this fourth installment of the series. I'm really enjoying the exploration of the themes of Western civilization vs. the aggression and tyranny of the Titans. The Greek gods aren't perfect, by any stretch of the imagination - yet the ideals they represent
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offer greater freedom than the fear and domination of the Titan rulers. I also think the situations Percy finds himself in with his various friends and the conflicting loyalties he feels are also interesting and very real feeling.
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LibraryThing member jolerie
The Battle of the Labyrinth is the second to last book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series. In this adventure, Percy and his friend gear up for their battle against the Kronos and his force of monsters and anti-Olympians. The mythological Labyrinth becomes the main stage where the story
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unfolds. Percy and his friends embark upon a quest to find the creator of the Labyrinth, Daedalus, who may hold the key to the success or failure of their exhibition. They are racing against the clock as Kronos and Luke are amassing their army to fight the Olympians as well as other various monsters and foes that test not only their strength but their courages as well. In the end, the fate of mankind is once again resting on these young shoulders as they make their way through a maze from hell.

This fourth book in the series is a far cry from the first book in the series. The story was intriguing and kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. The twist and the turns were ones that I had not been expecting. There is a part of me that almost wished that more time was spent on the different gods and their histories, (ie. Calypso) although that would probably be a completely different series in itself. In the end, I was thoroughly surprised, that which the first couple of books failed to achieve. Percy Jackson and the Olympians is proving itself to be like a warm drink on a bitterly cold day - taking its time to warm you up, but once you are settled, it feels absolutely heavenly.
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LibraryThing member wvlibrarydude
The series continues and the plot starts to thicken and change. Is this great literature? No. Is it fun? Yes. I like the strong characters, plot and mix of Greek myths to entertain my mind. Good entertaining reads.
LibraryThing member lunanshee
The fourth book in the Percy Jackson series is well researched, imaginative and fast-paced. Riordan continues to develop the characters of Percy, Annabeth and Grover and the reader can see each character maturing as the story progresses. Monsters and figures of Greek Mythology are brought to life
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in a modern manner that nevertheless stays true to the character in the original myths. Percy continues to be an entertaining hero whose inner diologue will have the reader chuckling. I look forward to the final voume in this series due out next year.
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LibraryThing member kameshaiyer
The best of the series. But, still, some cause for dissatisfaction.

Mr. Riordan is beginning to suffer from the Rowling Disease. That's creating a new artifact or artifacts in each book to solve problems that could be solved easily enough by an artifact already introduced and used in an earlier
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book. I am tempted to sing:
Deus ex machina du jour conturbat me.
but then Chaucer would disembowel me with Zeus' thunderbolt.
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LibraryThing member Alera
The fourth installment is just as fine as the first three. The prophecy and the journey it's led Percy upon is slowly moving closer to a head, and tension is everywhere. On top of that, Percy suddenly had to juggle the excitement and horror that is teenage hormones and possible romance. That he
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makes it through alive is no small feat. Wonderful addition to the series.
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LibraryThing member kaionvin
I knew it was probably inevitable, but oh I didn't want the dreaded "set-up" novel* to ever come for the Percy Jackson series.

*These can take form of the ill-advised philosophical interlude (see Taran Wanderer), the overly-long training montage, the psychological-trauma-purge-session so we can just
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slay some monsters next time, or the awkward-expository dump in which the deus ex machina is introduced... but usually an awkward combination of the above with the usual formula for the series. They're frequently the second-to-last books, or nowadays, frequently the first half of the last tome.

Actually in most ways, The Battle of the Labyrinth is a perfectly solidly entertaining entry and not a dire example of the "set-up" novel. In a brief sequence we check in with Percy Jackson undergoing orientation at his new high school, where he again runs into Rachel Elizabeth Dare, the mortal who can see through the Mist. But almost immediately the action ramps up and Percy is called to an emergency quest: Kronos is planning an invasion of Camp Half-Blood by leading his army through the Labyrinth and our heroes must enter the Labyrinth to seek Daedalus's help, before Luke does.

I like the idea of the Labyrinth as a living entity that grows underground, constantly shifting, and having entrances and exits all over the world. Riordan mostly uses it as a device to deliver the group directly to exciting new obstacles. There's only one new main character, Rachel Dare, who brings a nice new perspective, while the other returning characters get grouped into interesting dynamics. Teaming up Tyson and Grover on their own, for example, is a bit inspired mischief, while Percy and Annabeth have entered the bickering stage of their relationship... and don't forget the drop-ins by Nico and Rachel Dare.

The separated plot threads weave a vaster playing field than previous installments, but it's also the first book that can't really stand on its own as a full story. It seems a bit of a necessary evil to set up the inevitable "final battle" coming in The Last Olympian, but I miss the plain zaniness I most associate with the series. It's not completely gone-- Nico summons the dead with Happy Meals and the Sphinx has given up riddles for standardized testing-- but it's been reduced for a more serious overall tone. Combined with the new sorts of personal struggles Percy's going through (including the so many girl troubles Aphrodite promised him, oh Percy you fool), and it's a little bittersweet how close this feels to the end.
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LibraryThing member dalmador95
I love this series and am waiting impatiently to see how it ends. The use of mythology is great and the characters are very believable. It's just fun.
LibraryThing member TeenBookReviews
The fourth book in the Percy Jackson series is well researched, imaginative and fast-paced. Riordan continues to develop the characters of Percy, Annabeth and Grover and the reader can see each character maturing as the story progresses. Monsters and figures of Greek Mythology are brought to life
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in a modern manner that nevertheless stays true to the character in the original myths. Percy continues to be an entertaining hero whose inner dialogue will have the reader chuckling. I look forward to the final volume in this series due out next year.
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LibraryThing member writecathy
Riordan continues Percy's journey, this time Percy and his friends must battle to save the camp from attack by finding a mysterious and magical labyrinth, and then venturing underground to locate its creator, Daedalus.

The story gets progressively more complex, interweaving characters that Riordan
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has created and those he envisions from Greek mythology and interestingly, the relationship between Percy & Annabeth grows more complex too (Annabeth & Luke, Percy & redheaded Rachel Elizabeth Dare).

There's a touching tribute to Pan towards the end and much left open for interpretation (Pan's words to the group, the meaning of Annabeth's quest, Nico's re-appearance, Luke's fate).

Compelling as always, though you may want to read up on your mythology prior to diving in.
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LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
This fourth installment of the Percy Jackson series is just as action-packed as the previous three. When they hear rumors of Luke and the Titans trying to take command of the Labyrinth (an elaborate underground maze that connects many parts of the country), Percy and his friends set off to stop
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them. All the while, Percy is conscious that his prophecy draws ever closer to its conclusion. The tension mounts and Percy Jackson fans will be eager to pick up the fifth book.
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LibraryThing member agraves003
This book is about a boy named Percy Jackson who is the son of Posiedian. they have adventures to go on and it is a really thrilling book. if you want to find more about the adventures you should also read the other books in the series. I wouldn't start with this one because this is the 4th I would
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start with the lighning theif.
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LibraryThing member hpluver07
Percy Jackson's adventure continues in the next book by Rick Riordan. Packed with action, this book will be a fast read to anyone
LibraryThing member laf
This book is about Percy finding that there is an entrance to a giant labyrinth, bigger than the one in ancient Greek myths about the Minotaur, that covers the entire world. If Kronos, Zeus' father and enemy, learns how to navigate the maze, then he could go straight under the magic borders that
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protect Camp Half-Bloods.

Kronos wants to take down Camp Half-Blood before he tackles the gods at Mt. Olympus.

Now, Percy must find the maker of the maze so he doesn't tell Kronos how to navigate the maze.

I think this is an amazing addition to the series.
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LibraryThing member beserene
Oh yes, people, Percy Jackson is back! And not doing anything new at all! Woo!

I do laugh about this series because it, like so much of kids/YA lit, is completely formulaic, but the formula is so much fun, you just can't help enjoying yourself. I liked this volume better than the previous -- it's
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thematically dark, but seems to have recollected itself from the abyss of over-seriousness, so funny moments abound and Tyson the teenage cyclops is again (for at least part of the novel) entertaining us with his comic madcaps and cleaning skills. The impending doom that was glowering over us in the previous books is still impending, of course, and I suspect that Riordan has another couple of volumes before the plot resolves itself. In the meantime, I will keep reading.
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LibraryThing member lawral
Our young man is sure growing up. As if we didn't all see it coming, Percy and Annabeth are a bit awkward and crush-y. We don't even make it past page 2 before this awesome exchange:

"Think positive. Tomorrow you're off to camp! After orientation, you've got your date--"
"It's not a date!" I
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protested. "It's just Annabeth, Mom. Jeez!"

You can feel that "Jeez!" sear the page. It's lovely. Awkwardness like this abounds throughout the book, in and around the more action-packed plot Percy's readers are used to, and it's not just between Percy and Annabeth. It seems like everyone has a love interest all of a sudden, even Grover. I love it!

Aside from embarrassing romantic entanglements, The Battle of the Labyrinth mirrors the form and quality of the three preceding books in the series. There is action! There is a prophecy! There is THE prophecy! There are angry gods who can't seem to take care of themselves! There are Percy, Annabeth and Grover all ready and willing to save the day! I appreciated Annabeth's leadership role and the focus on Grover's quest in this book. I really hope that this more extended treatment of them is not just to make up for a 5th book all about Percy and his 16th birthday.
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LibraryThing member tapestry100
The fourth installment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series finds Percy and friends in the labyrinth, in search of Daedalus, to try to keep Luke and the forces of Kronos at bay and keeping them from overtaking Camp Half-Blood. I've heard from several people that the first three books of
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the series are the best, and that the series begins to fall apart with the last two books. I don't agree with this. I think the fourth book has shown the most promise so far, taking on a more serious tone and turning from just a fun, romping read into something a little more serious. Percy begins to see the consequences of his and others choices and actions, and begins to act a little more realistically to the situation at hand. Riordan does still keep the usual levity in the story, though.

As usual, there seemed to be rushed moments in the book. For this book, it seemed to me that the final battle was too rushed, but I feel that way frequently about the final confrontations in YA books. It just always amazes that an entire book can be taken to get to the confrontation, yet the confrontation is over in one single chapter. I guess I just always enjoy the build up to the battle, that when it finally happens, it just happens all too fast.

With only one book to go, Riordan has done a nice job of keeping fewer and fewer plot lines dangling so that I think he'll be able to tie up the story nicely. I'm looking forward to the final installment, but at the same time, as this has been an enjoyable series to read, will be sad to see the story come to an end.
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LibraryThing member vanedow
Another fabulous installment in this series. Percy and friends take on the famous Labyrinth of Deadelus as the battle to defeat the evil Titan Kronos gets even more serious.

I cannot wait for the next book.
LibraryThing member arianaderalte
What impressed me most about this book was the pacing. There's all the action and adventure we've come to expect in this series, but it was plotted out with clear moments of down time that never lessened the urgency of the main plot, something some of the earlier books didn't quite manage.

I like
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that Percy is slowly growing up in this series, along with everyone else. I worried about Nico becoming two dimensional, but although he's still a bit of a cypher, he's developing nicely. I actually really enjoyed the portrayal of a lot of adults in this book too - Daedulus and Chiron in particular. Hera was a bit flat, and I think the only person who cares about Luke any more is Annabeth, but we shall see.

I'm quite looking forward to reading the next book.
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LibraryThing member hal9209
Reading the fourth book of Percy Jackson, the Battle of the Labyrinth, you can't help but marvel at how the author tie the old Greek myths and stories into his book seamlessly. In addition to more appearance by the gods, this time with Hera and Hephaestus, the legend of Daedalus and the Labyrinth
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to the myth of Calypso and the god of the Wild Pan all tie into the plot nicely. This series really makes people want to read all about Greek mythology all over again!

Comparison with the Harry Potter series is once again, unavoidable. Not only because Harry Potter is the gold standard, but there are certainly many similarities between the series. Just like the second to the last book in the Harry Potter series, this book also spent time and beef up the romance element! There are three girls for Percy - Annabeth, Rachel and Calypso. Even Grover got Juniper! Not to mention we found out tough girl Clarisse has her heart for traitor turn crazy and now back to normal Chris. Love is in the air and i think it's appropriate given the characters are now 15 and they need to have that emotional connections before the inevitable battle in the final book. The rise of the main villain is another good example of how similar the two series are. There is also a battle at the end of this book, it is big, but we know it will be nothing compare to the final book. Just like in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the battle in the end is nothing compare to the battle in the final book. Even though I see all these similarities, but it is not an imitation like how Eragon is pretty much a copy of Star Wars but move it in the fantasy dragon land. That is a complete similarity of the plots, the similarity between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter is more in terms of the structure of the series and the writing style.

This book once again, make the series even more epic with the scope of the Labyrinth, the ever impressive monsters and the final battle. I know the chances are slim, but I really hope they get to make it into a movie. But one can only hope, since so far none of any young adult fantasy books turned films make it past the first movie. None of them made a ton of money. Even Narnia might not be able to adapt the entire series given the eroding responses. The only exception is Harry Potter. (not counting Twilight, since that's more of in the genre of teen romance territory)
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LibraryThing member gillis.sarah
I was so sad when I finished this book, because who knows how long I'll have to wait for Mr. Riordan to get his act together and release another book in the series???
LibraryThing member VirginiaGill
I enjoyed this book every bit as much as the previous three. The lessons on friendship in all its aspects are wonderful. Reaching out and doing what scares us because of our love for someone else. Allowing friends to be who they are, even when we don't understand it. Trying to see deeper when
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things look bad. All great topics to create discussion with kids.

I love Riordan's ability to give great mental images of horrifying "monsters" in such a way that you see it without it becoming the cause of nightmares.
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LibraryThing member maddog257
Battle of the Labyrinth is a book about Percy and his friends looking for a hidden labyrinth that has many secret entrances and is deathly. Percy and his friends find out a secret that might destroy the camp.

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