I spent last week reading the last three books of Percy Jackson & the Olympians pentalogy written by Rick Riordan. I think I read the first two books of the series about one year ago, then somehow I get distracted that I let the third book left unfinished. Now I wonder why, because ones I started reading the third book again, I can’t stop until the last page of fifth.
So, it’s another fantasy novel. I have a thing for fantasy stories. I just love them! In fantasy there just no limits on imagination. Everything could happen, anything could exist, anywhere, anytime, anyhow, just anything a mind could imagine and beyond. I would also like to write a fantasy novel some day.
Back to the series. If “Harry Potter” was describing the world of wizard and witchcraft, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” is a story based on Greek mythology.
As a request from his son Haley, Riordan was telling him a bed time stories based on Greek myths, and when ran out of myths had been asked to create new ones. That was when he created a story of Perseus “Percy” Jackson, a demigod who have to deal with his destiny, which includes fighting with monsters, facing God and Goddess and their father (Kronos, the lord of Titan who they destroyed and planning a comeback with vengeance), and dealing with other mythological creatures.
Even among demigods, Percy is special because he is a child of one of the three big God that had promise not to have another descendant, due to a prophecy about the downfall of the Olympians caused by one of their child.
I like the way Riordan put ADHD and dyslexia as characteristic of demigods and explain how their brain that was programmed to read ancient Greek letters and their battle reflects causes all that. Demigods have better senses than human, they see things human can’t, they see so much it’s hard for them to concentrate. It creates a different point of view of those conditions. Now kids that diagnose with those (like Riordan’s son at the time), could see it as a special thing and feel better, if not great, about it.
Riordan knowledge about Greek myths that he gets as a Greek mythology teacher in middle school for many years, combine with his good storytelling ability, produce this interesting story that are not just enjoyable but also add some basic knowledge and curiosity about Greek myths.
These are the complete series of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” :
1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
>> Percy Jackson just found out what he really is: a demigod. This is the first time he knows that Greek mythology is not actually a myth. He goes to Camp Half-Blood where demigods got their trainings to face the monsters and missions they got from time to time. In this book, Percy gets his first mission: To find and return Zeus’ thunderbolt.
2. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters
>> Camp Half-Blood is threaten to be taken over by monsters. The magic tree that protected it all this long is poisoned and keeps getting weak. Percy get his next mission to get the one thing that could save everything. He also have to save his best friend Grover, the satyr from being a cyclops’s bride. To get it all done he has to across the sea of monsters.
3. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse
>> Olympian Goddess Artemis is kidnapped. Percy’s best friend Annabeth is also missing. Together with two hunters of Artemis, Grover, and a new found demigod Bianca, he’s on a quest to save both of them. They fought and beat a Titan named Atlas. Then Percy find out a fact about Bianca’s and her brother Nico’s father, that would make a huge change on things.
4. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth
>> Kronos is getting stronger. The war between the olympians and the titans is getting closer. Luke, one of the demigods that now is serving Kronos is planning to lead his army, that consist of monsters and demigods, to attack the Camp Half-Blood. To avoid the magic that protects the camp borders, Luke will going through a labyrinth made long time ago by Daedalus. This labyrinth has entrances everywhere that you can travel fast if you know the way, but it also has so many traps, monsters, dead ends, and illusions. The mission is to find Daedalus and stop Luke from using the labyrinth, even though it means they have to deal with the dangerous of the labyrinth.
5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian
>> Kronos and his army are attacking Olympus, while the Gods and Goddess are busy to fight Typhon, monster sent by Kronos to make them leave Olympus unguarded. Percy, the rest of the demigods and other creatures that’s on the Olympians side are fighting with all their power to protect Olympus. The prophecy becoming a reality. Heroes dies. Whole citizens of New York City puts to sleep. Olympus is falling apart.