Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. 
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

This was another fun filled adventure with more twists and turns around every corner for Percy and company, and it felt like it had a lot more danger and consequences involved since we are getting closer and closer to the final epic battle. We got to meet some cool new characters throughout the story, as well as a certain red head we’ve met before. Riordan definitely did his research on Greek mythos, because I felt like I was getting a history lesson with all the minor gods and situations they were in, that I didn’t know much about. I love this, because I love learning new things and especially if it’s Greek mythos related.

Something that made me laugh was when we meet Eurytion the cow rancher, and it’s not him specifically, but the narrators chosen voice… who reminded me of Billy Bob Thornton’s character from Slingblade, once I realized it, I couldn’t get it out of my head and giggled every time he spoke. I don’t talk a lot about the narrator, Jesse Bernstein, but he really does do a fantastic job and deserves a lot of credit with my enjoyment of this series.

I thought this was a great book, but as an experienced reader, one thing that bugged me is the whole “keeping important info from people” trope. It happened in the other books as well and I didn’t say anything until now because it felt like there was a lot of it in this book. I’m not a fan of this, so every time one of the gang held something back, I got annoyed. Considering it’s target audience, and the fact that it is about young kids, it’s probably not that big of a deal. So other than mentioning it, I didn’t reflect that in my grade.

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