The Battle of the Labyrinth
|The Battle of the Labyrinth|
|Series||Percy Jackson & the Olympians (Book 4)|
|Genre||Fantasy novel, Young adult, Greek mythology|
|Publisher||Hyperion Books for Children|
|May 6, 2008 (US)
3 July 2008 (UK)
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback), Audiobook|
|LC Class||PZ7.R4829 Bat 2008|
|Preceded by||The Titan's Curse|
|Followed by||The Last Olympian|
The Battle of the Labyrinth is a 2008 fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology; it is the fourth novel in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Fictional demigod Percy Jackson, who is fifteen years old by the end of the book, tries to stop Luke Castellan and his army from invading Camp Half-Blood through Daedalus's labyrinth by trying to find Daedalus and convince him not to give Luke Ariadne's string, which would help Luke through the Labyrinth. It was released on 6 May 2008 in the US and Canada. It was received positively overall.
You shall delve in the darkness of the endless maze,
The dead, the traitor and the lost one raise.And lose a love to worse than death.
You shall rise or fall by the ghost king's hand,
The child of Athena's final stand.
Destroy with a hero's final breath,
After being attacked by demon cheerleaders at his new school, Percy returns to Camp Half-Blood and learns about the Labyrinth; part of the palace of King Minos in Crete that was designed by Daedalus. He also meets the camp's new sword master, Quintus. During a battle drill with Giant Scorpions at the camp, Annabeth and Percy accidentally find an entrance into the Labyrinth. Percy soon learns that Luke had used this entrance before and will try and lead his army through the Labyrinth straight into the heart of Camp Half-Blood. Annabeth reads the prophecy and comes back out of the Big House with a feeling of dread. When Percy and Annabeth privately meet afterwards in Athena's cabin, and Percy asks her if she is okay, she is moved to tears and holds out her arms. Percy hugs her, telling her that she shouldn't worry about whatever she was convinced to put his grudge behind him by the ghost of his sister. The next day, however, Percy and his friends (without Nico) depart to find Hephaestus, hoping he would know the location of Daedulus. While traveling, the group gets separated, with Percy and Annabeth searching for Hephaestus and Tyson and Grover searching for Pan after they talk to Hephaestus. After a meeting with Hephaestus, Annabeth and Percy go to Mt. St. Helens. Percy and Annabeth have a short argument during which Percy tells Annabeth to flee. Annabeth kisses Percy, tells him to be careful, and disappears.In the mountain he finds telkhines, also known as "sea demons". He is discovered by the telkhines, who attack him. In an attempt to escape the telkhines, Percy causes Mt. St. Helens to erupt, pushing him out of the volcano.
When Percy awakens after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, he finds himself on the mythical island, Ogygia inhabited by Calypso, who is revealed to be a daughter of the Titan, Atlas. Calypso then tells Percy of the curse she has: the Fates send a hero to her island every one thousand years; a hero she cannot help falling in love with, but then has to leave. Percy is surprised, because it's him she's talking about, but then refuses her love. After being treated for burns by Calypso and returning to the mortal world, Percy finds Annabeth saying her last few words, Percy gets the help he needs from a mortal girl named Rachel Elizabeth Dare, who is able to see through the Mist: the magical army to take Camp Half-Blood via the Labyrinth. While fighting a losing battle, the entire camp is either injured or killed, and Daedalus and Briares come out of the Labyrinth to help fight the battle and destroy Kampe. Grover rescues Camp Half-Blood by causing a Panic, which Pan had used once before, to scare away the enemy. When Percy returns home he gets a visit from his dad, Poseidon. Poseidon then tells Percy of evil at work with Kronos now in Luke's body and also gives him a sand dollar. Percy is later on the fire escape, where Nico appears, and is about to tell Percy how to defeat Luke.
- Percy Jackson is a 15-year-old son of Poseidon. He is the series' narrator and protagonist. He joins Annabeth in her quest to go into the labyrinth to find Daedalus' workshop.
- Annabeth Chase is 15-year-old daughter of Athena, and one of Percy's closest friends. She gets the quest to navigate the Labyrinth. Her feelings for Percy start to show but she is confused because of her lingering feelings towards Luke.
- Rachel Elizabeth Dare is a mortal who can see through the Mist. Her father is a wealthy businessman who buys the undeveloped land of the wild and builds developments upon it. Percy had previously met her at the Hoover Dam in The Titan's Curse, where she helped him get away from the undead warriors.
- Nico di Angelo is an 11-year-old son of Hades. Upset that his sister Bianca died, he is slightly unstable, and attempts to trade Daedalus' soul for that of Bianca. He has a sword made of Stygian Iron. He also is out to get Percy.
- Luke Castellan is a 22 year old son of Hermes and traitor to the Olympians. His body becomes possessed by the spirit of Kronos. He is the series' main antagonist.
- Grover Underwood is a satyr and Percy's best friend. His life's ambition is to find Pan, the lost god of the Wild. Grover, Tyson, Percy, Annabeth, Nico and Rachel find Pan inside Carlsbad Caverns along with some extinct animals. He gave all of them except Nico words of wisdom, and then died. When he died, his essence entered all of the characters' mouths (except Nico), meaning a piece of the wild remained in their hearts. He gave Grover the famous battle cry, Panic, which Grover used to scare off the intruders in Camp Half-Blood. The word Panic is named after Pan because in the Titan war he let out a horrible cry that drove all the monsters back to where they came from.
- Tyson is Percy's cyclops half-brother. He now works for his father in Poseidon's palace, under the oceans, in the Cyclopes' forge. Tyson enjoys forging, and nicknaming mythical creatures they come across. He joins Percy and his friends in the Labyrinth.
- Daedalus/Quintus was the creator of the Labyrinth and son of Athena, and has made a total of five automatons in order to cheat death. He becomes the new swordsman at Camp Half-Blood under the name Quintus, but only to see if Camp Half-Blood is worth saving. During the intrusion of Camp Half-Blood, he is stabbed, but instead of blood coming out of the wound, golden oil leaks from his automaton body. He has a murderer's mark on his neck (a partridge), a brand that appears on all of his bodies as a curse from Athena, because he killed his nephew, Perdix. He owns a hellhound named Mrs. O'Leary. After his death, he was assigned to build overpasses and bridges to help control traffic in the Underworld and according to Nico, he is happy with this job. Before he dies, he gives Annabeth a laptop containing all of the works he never had time to complete, as well as many of his ideas and theories.
The Battle of the Labyrinth received generally positive reviews. Publishers Weekly praised Riordan by saying, "One of Riordan's strengths is the wry interplay between the real and the surreal", and adding that "The wit, rousing swordplay and breakneck pace will once again keep kids hooked." Children's Literature said, "Riordan creates a masterful weaving of Greek mythology and traditional fantasy in this latest book in "The Olympians" series. Fans will enjoy the latest adventures of their favorite characters, and those picking the book up for the first time will have no trouble falling into this magical world." The website Kidsreads.com praised the book, saying "the story arc has remained unified and compelling." School Library Journal wrote that "[l]ike many series, the "Percy Jackson" books are beginning to show the strain of familiarity and repetition", before adding "However, the overarching story line remains compelling, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers breathless in anticipation of the fifth and final volume." Kirkus Reviews adjudged the book to be the best in the series and said, "The often-philosophical tale zips along with snappy dialogue, humor and thrilling action, culminating in a climactic battle between gods and Titans.” The Los Angeles Times gave a positive review, calling it "a glorious, no-holds-barred adventure with great plot twists, a melding of ancient and bionic technology and a cliffhanger ending that will have fans eagerly awaiting the fifth and final showdown between gods and monsters next year." It was first runner-up in the 2010 Indian Paintbrush Book Award.
The Battle of the Labyrinth was followed by The Last Olympian, the final book in the series, which was released 5 May 2009. In The Last Olympian, Percy and his friends defend Olympus from Kronos's army.
Fox has bought the rights to the entire series from author Rick Riordan, so it is possible that The Battle of The Labyrinth will be adapted for film. The film will likely have the title Percy Jackson: Battle of the Labyrinth.
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