When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and...a ride from his mom.
The demigods race to the rescue, to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods whose parentage is unknown. But that's not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up his most devious trap yet, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.
Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge so far: the chilling prophecy of the Titan's curse.
I kind of love the middle of series, because (in good stories, at least) this is the part where things get intense. The happy "ooo, what an adventure this is!" feeling is fading, and now the stakes are raised so that the final battle actually means something.
In Titan's Curse, we get character deaths, and they are sad ones! On top of that, we get characters kidnapped, willfully leaving, and possibly having ulterior motives. All excellent!
Not that it's all dark. Percy is still very funny, and his growing attachment to Annabeth is adorable. Once again prejudices are overcome and unlikely friendships are formed. We get a closer look at several gods and goddesses--Artemis is pretty fantastic, and if I were a part of Camp Half Blood, I've no doubt I would have a crush on Apollo, lousy haikus and all.
Also, I really want a pegasus named Blackjack.
Four out of five lion coats.
Release Date: May 2007
Reading Level: Grade 3+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: YPL RIO