Book Review: “The Titan’s Curse” by Rick Riordan

Hello! Today I will be discussing the third book in the Percy Jackson series, The Titan’s Curse. If you are unaware, I have been making my way through this series and I have been really enjoying it. I have loved many of the other Rick Riordan books that I’ve read (The Kane Chronicles and The Sword of Summer), and I really want to read The Trials of Apollo, so I need to finish this series off to do that. But let’s get into the review!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…”

Characters:

Percy Jackson: our main protagonist who is the son of Poseidon, he will do anything for his friends, which is his fatal flaw. He is witty and sarcastic and I love reading from his POV.

Thalia Grace: the daughter of Zeus, she is your best friend until you piss her off. I had a love/hate relationship with her, but did end up liking her.

Annabeth Chase: she is the daughter of Athena and is absent for the majority of this novel due to her being kidnapped. She is very smart and goes through hell in this novel (not literally, of course). She is also my favorite character.

Grover Underwood: the best friend of Percy, Grover has an empathy link with him so he can sense what Percy is feeling and sometimes what he is thinking. He is also a Satyr who wishes to find the lost god Pan.

Zoe Nightshade: the lieutenant huntress to Artemis, she is very frustrating at times. I e had a love/hate relationship with her for the majority of this book. While she has an aversion to males, I did enjoy her character and found her to be a faithful friend who will sacrifice herself for not only Artemis but even Percy if need be. I was sad when she died.

Luke Castellan: he just can’t die, can he? He is the son of Hermes and he wants to bring the whole of Olympus down along with the gods/goddesses. He wants the demigods to rule. He is absolutely insane in my opinion and I don’t understand why Annabeth has this faith in him. He is bad to the bone and I really just want him to die already.

The General: he is revealed to be Atlas, the Titan who is responsible for holding the sky up. He is the general for Kronos and wants him to rise and for the whole world to burn, essentially. He is a crazy mother trucker…And he deserved what came to him.

Dr. Thorn: he is just a foot soldier who wants to prove his worth to the General so he will do anything to do that. He wants to bring Percy or Thalia to the General. He was a dangerous monster until he met his end.

Artemis: She is the daughter of Zeus and the sister to Apollo. While we didn’t see much of her, I really loved what I saw. She really cares for her huntresses and while she does have an aversion to men, she ended up liking Percy. I especially loved her interaction with her brother. It just made her seem more real to me.

Apollo: He is the son to Zeus and the brother to Artemis. He is obsessed with horrible haikus and I love his character so much. For starters, he is freaking hot. Also, I love how protective he is of his sister Artemis and I want to see more interactions between those two. He is hilarious and good natured and this book made me so freaking excited for the Trials of Apollo.

Plot:

The story starts off with Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia going to Grover’s new school because he thinks that there are two demigods there. Long story short, he gets himself kidnapped along with the two demigods, Bianca and Nico di Angelo, by a monster who is like the principal of the school, Dr. Thorn. Grover, Annabeth, and Thalia come to their rescue but the Hunt ends up wounding the monster while Annabeth is on his back. They both fall off the cliff. She isn’t dead, but was kidnapped. It was also revealed that Dr. Thorn was working for Luke.

The Hunt is led by Artemis and Bianca ends up joining them and Artemis goes off to hunt the monster. Apollo, Artemis’s brother, shows up to take the kids to Camp Half-Blood (including the Hunt). Thalia drives the sun chariot, which was a bad idea because she is terrified of heights, it is revealed later.

So they get there and Mr. D will not let them go and find Annabeth. Percy ends up pissing him off and Nico shows up, distracting Mr. D before he can pulverize Percy. Later, Percy is in his cabin and there is a fountain there, which is a gift from his father. He talks to to Tyson (loved it!) and Tyson talks about how there is a war brewing between Poseidon and these ancient titan sea spirits.

That night, Percy has a nightmare about Annabeth being in danger and Luke is responsible. Zoe also has a nightmare about Artemis being in danger because she was kidnapped (Annabeth and Artemis both being gone have to be connected). It is revealed that Annabeth had nearly joined the Hunt by the brochure found in her bag. Percy goes to see the Oracle, but she won’t speak to him.

They play capture the flag (Camp Half-Blood v. The Hunters of Artemis) and The Hunters win, so Percy and Thalia fight (hardcore; water and lightening). The Oracle comes and gives the prophecy about the Titan’s Curse to Zoe (how to save Artemis). Percy and Grover are forced to take the Oracle back to the attic.

There is a council meeting on who can go on this quest and Percy cannot, but Thalia and Grover can along with Zoe, Bianca, and another one of the Huntresses. That night, Percy has another dream in which Artemis takes this weight from Annabeth’s shoulders and Luke keeps someone from killing her (Dr. Thorn or the General? I can’t remember).

A Pegasus (the one Percy saved from Luke) comes, saying that Hippocampi need his help, so he goes and saves this baby cow serpent that he called Bessie. Afterwards, he sees Nico eavesdropping, so he goes over there (invisible) and listens. The other Huntress is sick, so she can’t go. Nico talks Percy into going and keeping his sister safe.

Percy goes on the Pegasus and sends it back after it grew too tired.  He follows Dr. Thorn and sees Luke and the General. The General is sending Skeleton Warriors to attack Zoe and everyone else and he sent the Nemean Lion to distract them so he can take Thalia. To defeat it, Percy throws space food in its mouth and Zoe shot arrows in its jaw, killing it.

Zoe finally accepts him as part of their quest. They have to lose the helicopter of the General’s hired men and they go on a train, know it belongs to monsters, and get off. A homeless man points to a train and then he disappears. Apollo (the homeless man) visits, tell Percy to not be afraid to go to sleep, and tells him to look for Nereus in San Francisco (he then makes Percy sleep).

Percy has dream of two people trying to get away from something. A monster named Ladon is mentioned. The girl is revealed to be Zoe and we later learn that the boy was Hercules. Zoe gave him a sword named Riptide. Everyone wakes up in New Mexico. The flowers on the coffee cups they bought start peeling off and Grover passes out. They are surrounded by Skeleton Warriors.

Percy discovers that the fur he got from the lion is bulletproof. Bianca kills one of the warriors and a wild boar kills the rest. It then turns to them. The boar is a blessing and takes them as far wesr as it will go. They end up at the gods’ junkyard. Ares pulls up and says that Aphrodite wants a word with Percy.

She wants him to save Annabeth because he’s “madly in love with her”. I found this whole scene hilarious. He gets out and they have to fight this giant statue because Bianca took a statue of a god for Nico. She ends up going inside to control it and amkes it destroy itself, which in turn destroys her.

They continue on and end up at Hoover’s Dam. Skeleton Warriors show up and a mortal girl saves Percy. He warns the other and through a prayer to her father, Thalia’s father’s statues come to life and save them, taking them to San Francisco. They find Nereus and discover that the baby cow serpent (who is so freaking cute I can’t even deal) is the monster whose entrails will cause the defeat of the gods.

They are attacked by the Skeleton Warriors again and discover that the prophecy points to Thalia since she is nearly sixteen. Mr. D saves their asses when they call him. They need to go to Zoe’s home before she joined the Hunt (where she lived with her sisters). Grover and Bessie end up leaving with the help of Poseidon (when Percy gave the fur coat as a sacrifice).

They all head to Annabeth’s dad’s house for her father’s help and he lets them borrow his car. They are almost to the mountain when  a lightening bolt is sent down and nearly kills Thalia (I don’t really think it was Zeus, to be honest). They get into the mountain and meet Zoe’s bitchy sisters, the Hesperides. Ladon is revealed to be the dragon protecting the tree of immortality. Zoe distracts Ladon (he does manage to get a swipe at her) before they all make it up the mountain.

They see Artemis is holding the sky up (Atlas’s job) and the General shows up with Luke, an army of dracaenae, a bound and gagged Annabeth. We learn that the General is Atlas and he is Zoe’s father. A battle ensues with Annabeth v. Luke, Percy v. Atlas,  and Percy convinces Artemis to give him the weight of the sky. Then Artemis and Zoe fight Atlas. They win and Percy tricks him into taking the weight of the sky once more.

Luke topples over the edge of the cliff and hits the rocks fifty feet below (he’s not dead). They get away, but Zoe dies from Ladon’s poisonous claws where he swiped at her. They all go to Olympus and Thalia joins the Hunt as Artemis’s new lieutenant. Athena, Ares, and Dionysus wanted Percy killed, but they are overruled and they have a party instead.

There is an interaction between Percy and his father when Poseidon tell him that he did well and this made me so freaking happy. I was grinning from ear to ear. They go back to Camp Half-Blood and after Nico hears the news of his sister’s death, he says he wishes that Percy were dead. Skeleton Warriors attack and fire kills them (from Nico). What do you know? He’s the son of Hades, but technically Hades didn’t break the oath because Nico was born before it was made. Nico was in the Lotus Casino for over seventy years.

Nico runs off after this encounter, saying that Percy sent those warriors. The prophecy is still Percy’s cross to bear and he bears it…well not gladly, but albeit rather reluctantly. Better he than Nico. After all of this goes down, Grover hears Pan speak to him, saying, “I await thee.” He immediately starts packing to go find him.

This is pretty much the end of the book.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. I definitely liked it more than the first two. I just found that the action was super intense and so was the storyline. I really enjoyed the frenemy thing that Thalia and Percy had going on for most of the book before they became actual friends. I really loved seeing the gods and especially an interaction that happened there. Mr. D scared the crap out of me in this novel. I ended up really liking all of the characters we were introduced to, but something I hated was Nico wanting Percy dead. I do not like that at all. And that was quite a bombshell that was thrown down. All in all, I really enjoyed this story. It was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. And I am super excited to get into the next installment to this series.
9
5/5 hearts

Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie

 

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