Review: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. 
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

This is definitely my favorite book of the series, it had everything you could ask for and then some. It was an absolutely epic book that had a tremendous amount of action with Percy and company defending Manhattan from Kronos while the gods hand their hands full with other Titans. When I say tremendous amount, the battle is probably about 80% of the book, so we get a lot of great battle scenes. Riordan was able to put so much action in this while still giving some emotional moments between with our beloved characters to send you through a whirlwind of emotions. There was a Harry and the Henderson’s moment with Mrs. O’Leary, that I absolutely loved, as soon as it happened I immediately recognized it, John Lithgow would be proud!

“I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail a taxi, head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping along behind you, and nobody even looks at you funny.”

My only gripe is that Mr. Riordan seems to forget his own story line at the end of book 4 saying that mist was used by Chiron to cloud everyone on what happened at the school, including Percy’s new step-dad, Paul Blofis. For some reason without any explanation, Blofis remembers what happened that day at the beginning of this final book. Not a major plot hole, but big enough that it should be mentioned.

“With great power…comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.”

This was such a fun series, and I will definitely be reading more from Mr. Riordan in the future. This might be YA, but this fits all audiences… especially audiences that love Greek mythology! Which again, I felt like I got a great fun story, but I also got a history lesson with some of these minor gods that I didn’t know a lot about. That always wins me over! Also I’d like to say that Jesse Bernstein has done an excellent job with this entire series and deserves a lot of credit for how much I enjoyed it!

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