Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) & The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
Author: Rick Riordan
ISBN: 9781423101499 & 9781423101475
Pages: 384 & 400
Release Date: May 6, 2008 & May 5, 2009
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Books
Genre: Fantasy, Teen/YA
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In these last two books of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy must come to terms with the real meaning of the prophecy that has set the course of his life and face the forces of Kronos, the Titan who has risen to power and wants to destroy the gods of Olympus.
While I enjoyed the first two books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters), I felt like they were a little bit young and silly for my tastes. The third book, The Titan’s Curse, however, showed a more mature side of the series with important insights for Percy and his friends. The fourth and fifth books complete that trend, bringing this series to an enjoyable and satisfying close.
Once again, I really enjoyed the Greek mythology weaved into these books. It was fun to revisit the stories I read when I was young, but I also managed to learn a lot of new tidbits. Good mythology is always key to any great fantasy series, and Riordan does an exceptional job updating the ancient Greek myths and making them relevant to today’s world, all while injecting his trademark sense of humor into the situations Percy finds himself in.
I also really liked the way Riordan chose to end the series. The last two books were both action packed. The Battle of the Labyrinth was much like the previous books in style – Percy and his friends have to make a journey, to go on a quest to find something that will help them in their eventual fight against Kronos. The Last Olympian is the final battle, the showdown against Kronos’ forces. Percy really comes into his own in this last book, finally putting aside adolescent grievances (at least, for the most part) and petty grudges.
Riordan left the last book open-ended, meaning he can come back and continue Percy’s adventures in the future, and I hope he does. He is already planning a new Camp Half Blood series, which will be a spin-off of these books, but I’d love to see where Percy ends up. This was an enjoyable series that makes for perfect plane reading (I read the entire series over multiple months and multiple flights). If you’ve read the first few books in the series, I definitely recommend these, as the books just get better.