The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The battle of the labyrinthReading level: 4
Lexile: 590
Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians book 4
Genre: Adventure, myth
ELL-Friendly: Mostly
Library recommendation: Middle school

Goodreads summary:

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, 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

I listed to this audiobook over the course of a month and half, so my memory is fuzzy, but I thought this book was just as good as the rest. I’m relieved that the series hasn’t tanked as it’s progressed.

I also remember thinking that this book in particular was more complex than the others with the love interests, the complicated and secret emotions of Annabeth, Nico being a little evil brat, uncertainty about friends vs. enemies, not to mention the constant danger and action. In those ways, it was engaging and intense with its usual humor.

Oh and the ending was so sweet. The higher gods have been, well, mysterious, so it was interesting to see Poseidon’s soft side, if just for a moment.

Nico’s turnaround was pretty interesting. I never particularly liked the kid…but he’s just a child.It was sweet of Percy to be so kind to him despite Nico being hostile towards him. I’m interested in what the son of Hades does in the last book of the series.

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