The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth installment of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series by Rick Riordan. This review will not contain spoilers for The Battle of the Labyrinth, but it will contain spoilers for the previous three books.
Percy Jackson has gotten used to the near-death experiences that come along with being a demi-god, but when a mortal gets trapped in the middle of a fight with demon cheerleaders, things go from bad to worse. He doesn’t know why the mysterious mortal can see through the mist, but he confesses the truth to her moments before he jumps out of a window and heads for Camp Half-Blood.
The war between the Olympians and the ancient titan Kronos is growing closer with each passing day, and when a secret entrance to the camp is discovered, Percy and his friends must set out on a quest into the Labyrinth to try and prevent Krono’s armies from reaching the camp.
The Labyrinth turns out to be an underground maze that spreads across the world and has dangerous mysteries lurking around every turn. From monsters to gods, Percy and his friends will come face to face with danger more than ever before. Will he be able to discover the Labyrinths secrets in time to stop the invading army or will Kronos be resurrected and destroy camp once and for all?
The Battle of the Labyrinth is by far my favorite book so far in this series. This book needed to be something special, otherwise, I was going to be disappointed in this series, but it did not let me down. I was getting a little annoyed with how long everything was taking, but now I am glad it did.
I think my favorite thing about this book was the amount of character growth we saw. Percy grew a lot, but he wasn’t the only one. Luke, Kronos, Grover, Annabeth, Poseidon, and Mr. D all showed massive growth as characters. I got to know each one a little bit better and understand why they say and do the things that they do.
The Labyrinth was really interested and didn’t make any sense at all, which is probably one of the reasons I loved it so much. The travel back and forth across the country more times than I could count, but time never seemed to catch up with them, but other times time seemed to just fly by in the blink of an eye. They walked in circles while going in a straight line. They found caves that were too big to fit under the ground and were so close to the surface that they could hear the people above them. I loved it.
Once again, we got to meet more of the gods and goddesses and be reintroduced to a few that we had already met. I liked that Riordan stuck to the mythology, but also twisted it so that you never knew who was the good guy and who was the bad one. There was so much second-guessing on my part throughout the course of the book. While I always thought I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong just as often as I was right.
I really loved that Riordan never forgot about Percy’s mother. He did a good job of showing that the world still went on while he was at camp and on quests. The rest of the world didn’t know what was happening and wasn’t just waiting for him to save the day.
Overall, I loved this book and am really glad that I read it. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend this series to everyone, not just children and middle-schoolers.