Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth, A Review































Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book. In all honesty, if I had to order the books in the order that they were my favorite, this book would be second on my list. The last book would be first, because it ended the series very well, and the first book would be first because it is the book that get's you sucked into the series. One of the reasons that this book is my favorite is because we learn a lot about Daedalus, who is a brilliant inventor/skilled craftsman. In this book you learn so much about him, and you begin to see a different side of Annabeth that I really related with. I began my freshman year of college in architecture, and while I didn't pursue it as a career, it is still one of my favorite subjects to learn about. 

The fourth book follows our friends Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson into the Labyrinth to find Daedalus, because they believe that he can help with the impending war. Although the beginning is the same, Percy has to fight monsters, this time it is not with a magical friend it is with a mortal - Rachel Elizabeth Dare. Somehow (you find out late in the fifth book) she can see through the mist extremely clearly and she helps Percy to fight the monsters in the school. Percy had met Rachel previously at the Hoover Dam (in the last book) but didn't know who she was or that she would be in the same school as him. 

This time, the group needs to go into the maze -- they accidentally find an entrance at Camp Half-Blood, and enter it that way. This quest is led by Annabeth, who is told by Janus she will encounter a choice that will affect the rest of her life, which makes her begin to second guess everything that she does. During this time, Nico is being led by the ghost of King Minos who absolutely detests Daedalus. Along the way, both groups encounter obstacles that they didn't dream they would face. They must fight different monsters, and they will come face to face with major and minor gods. 

Book four is action packed, and contains a lot more character development. You see both internal and external struggles of some of the characters, and how they choose the different paths they are going on. Much like the Harry Potter series, as the books go on, they get darker and darker. It's not that it's a bad thing, however it is something to think about if you're giving these to very young children. 

Much like the other books in this series, I'd give it a 5/5 stars. I loved this book and thought that it was a really quick read. I got through this book a lot faster than I got through book 3, which is a good thing. Also, this book sets the scene for the fifth book really well. The mood throughout the book is no longer light and fun, like in the first book, but more serious because not only do people's lives depend on this quest, but also the fate of Olympus. 
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