Holy cow!!!! Uncle Rick, this series will be the death of me! As if the plot and the dialogues and pretty much everything wasn’t awesome enough, now I have to deal with emotional package, too?! What gives?!
In the 3rd book of the PJO series, we find Percy in a reluctant new friendship. We all remember how the previous book ended, with Thalia coming back to her human form – and the game against the titans getting even more complicated as we now have TWO children of the Big Three instead of one. And Kronos is not one to let such an opportunity go wasted – he’s trying to tempt her into helping him overthrow the gods. With the Hunters of Artemis making his life hard in aiding with the quest to rescue their goddess, two new half-bloods joining the camp – and so many monsters after said half-bloods – and Annabeth still hung up on believing Luke worth saving, what’s Percy to do in order to ensure his family and friends stay safe against new, even more dangerous threats than all he has faced before?
First of all: NICO DI FREAKING ANGELO!!!! FINALLY!!!! I love this dark kid to death – no pun intended, hahaha! – and I was anxious to see him. He’s just the cutest! I had a hard time not squealing every time that adorable cinnamon roll fanboyed over everything new he experienced. And I cried my heart out when he lost Bianca – and I’m talking waaaay before she did the stupid thing with the metal giant. I have two younger brothers, and sure, I find it taxing to be a big sister or even the responsible adult for them both sometimes, but I would never leave them at such a tender age trusting just some camp to take care of them, only for me to run around happily immortal. I loved her, but I still didn’t get her motives, is all I’m saying…
And Thalia! My God, she was tough to like! Still, I have to give it to her – she opened her eyes on the Luke matter much faster than Annabeth, who still insists he’s good! He’s not, woman! Hurry up and get it so that we can all move on with our lives! What’s it gonna take for you to understand? Because nearly getting killed for him obviously doesn’t do the trick!
Aside from that, the pace was even quicker in this book than the previous ones. Sure, they both had their air of urgency, but this one made it more… real. Like, we know we’re getting closer to the showdown, and we can almost feel it coming. This added to the stress the story is putting us through. Not to mention the crying. Gosh, was there crying – literally sobbing for hours and rocking back and forth!
“I can see the stars, my lady” – really, Riordan?!?! No mercy whatsoever! Just stomp on our broken hearts even more, why don’t you?! I just finished reading the 4th book as well – review will be up soon – and let me tell you, the tension doesn’t let up! We’re gonna cry our eyes out even more, just you all wait!