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Percy Jackson And The Olympians Series
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Percy Jackson And the Olympians Series

You are probably eagerly awaiting the second movie, but did you know that Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series is a set of five books by Rick Riordan.

The novels in order are:

  1. The Lightening Thief
  2. The Sea of Monsters
  3. The Curse of the Titan
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian

The novels follow a young demi god, Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon), and his two best friends, Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr), on adventures that have them fighting modern day equivalents of Greek monsters from myth and legend. The main conflict in the novel is to prevent Kronos from taking over and destroying Olympus. Percy is thrust to greatness because he is a son of the "Big Three" gods, and is haunted (like most Greek heroes) of a prophecy that declares he will either help save or destroy Olympus. Therefore, Percy and his companions are sent on various quests to prevent Kronos from rising. Let the conflict begin!

The novels start when Percy is 11 years old and finish at his 16th birthday. The novels show Percy's coming-of-age. Percy starts out has an ignorant preteen, who has ADHD and dyslexia, and is in constant trouble at school. It is not till he is recruited to Camp Half-Blood (a training camp of demi-gods) that he realizes he is someone special. At Camp Half-Blood and on his various quests, Percy is able overcome his faults and turn into the true hero and man he was destined to become.

In order to make Percy's world seem plausible Riordan has created a world where the Greek gods never went away, but essentially follow the heart of western culture. These novels are a great way to learn about Greek mythology as the author puts the stories in a modern day situation in an easy-to-read writing style. Each novel brings new and different myths into the story. Riordan pulls in the stories of the great Greek heroes, gods, titans, and monsters into each novel. There are many parallels to the old Greek myths that are repeated Percy's quest such as the beheading of Medusa, the trials of Hercules, and the Labyrinth of Daedalus.

The novels progress into darker territory as Percy gets older to accommodate the plot line of the war against the titans. Each book is fast-paced, filled with action and humor, and will keep any age entertained. Luckily, all the novels are completed so you do not have to wait for the next one. I highly recommend you buy the whole series either as an eBook or a box set because once you finish one you will want to start the next one right away. You can also get them individually.

Enjoy!


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