Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riorden

Author: Rick Riorden
ISBN # 0141319135
Publisher: Puffin
First Published: 2005
375 pages

The blurb:
The gods of Olympus are alive in the 21st Century. They still fall in love with mortals and have children who might become great heroes, but most of these children meet horrible fates at the hands of monsters by the age of twelve. Only a few learn the truth of their identity and make it to Half Blood Hill, a Long Island summer camp dedicated to training young demigods. Such is the revelation that launches young Percy Jackson on a quest to help his real father, Poseidon, avert a war among the gods. With the help of Grover the satyr and Annabeth the daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction - Zeus' master bolt. Along the way, they face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop them. Most of all, Percy must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.

This first in the excellent Percy Jackson and the Olympians series opens with a bang and continues at a frantic pace, grabbing you with both hands and dragging the reader along for the adventure of a lifetime! This is an exciting, funny and wonderfully entertaining promise of good things to come, bringing the gods of ancient Greece bang-up-to-date and incorporating the old myths and legends into the story in a way that is accessible to all, whether or not the reader has prior knowledge of them. This is a rip-roaring adventure that will delight young readers and encourage them to find out more.

Rating: 8


Blogger Kailana said...

Oh, this sounds promising, I might have to check it out!

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