The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
Format: Paperback

What would mythology be without a labyrinth? I think it is interesting to see Percy’s life moving forward. So much of these adventures focus on camp, but I am glad that it shows what is happening  in his mother’s life. So much happens in this book. Percy runs back into the mortal girl who can see the truth. Percy meets Calypso. As a dog lover I cannot help but be charmed by Mrs. O’Leary. I think that here the amount of references to classical mythology has pretty much peaked. I haven’t really talked about in the previous books Luke’s role. Really at this point if you don’t know what is going on with Luke then you shouldn’t be reading reviews for the 4th book! I think Riordan struggles with balancing Luke. It is easy to make him loathsome, especially when we are viewing the world mostly through the eyes of Percy. We try to give him some humanity through Annabeth but it feels forced, like she is just desperate to remember a better time. Perhaps it is because Percy knew Luke so briefly, or because deep down he is jealous of Percy but I do wish that Luke were given a more balanced portrayal.

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