The Titan’s Curse — Rick Riordan
“Five shall go west to the goddess in chains,
One shall be lost in the land without rain,
The bane of Olympus shows the trail,
Campers and Hunters combined prevail,
The Titan’s curse must one withstand,
And one shall perish by a parent’s hand.”
Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Thalia Grace were to meet up with Grover at Maine once he discovers two sibling demigods, Bianca and Nico di Angelo. As a matter of course, monsters are ubiquitously on the loom whenever demigods are close-at-hand. With the help of Artemis and her hunters, they survived the manticore attack, though Annabeth was captured by the aforementioned monster.
The goddess Artemis, whilst on the search for the rare monster that could possibly destroy Olympus, went missing. Percy and his posse must find her before the winter solstice, when the goddess’ influence could change an important vote with the war over the titans. They embarked on a dangerous quest to save the goddess and Annabeth, track down the ancient monster, as well as to defeat Kronos’ minions.
I believe Rick Riordan was determined to take up a higher notch with his third novel—attempting to create a groundbreaking story as a turning point for the remaining two books. And as expected, Rick surely contrived a story that left his fans tenterhook with every page brimming of action, suspense, twists (predictable or not), and basically, humor. New characters that would be fundamental individuals for the next sequels were being introduced; certain gods and goddesses would make an appearance in assistance to our heroes; and surely, imminent deaths are inevitable.
The original take on Greek mythology were booming with more verisimilitude—tempting me to believe that Rick’s world of mythology was real rather than just fiction; that demigods walk amongst us, monsters are everywhere, gods and goddesses are still reigning, and that we mortals are just oblivious to those.
Let me also share to you my favorite dialogue from our good-humored demigods:
Zoe: Let us find the dam snack bar; we should eat while we can.
Grover: *laughs* The dam snack bar?
Zoe: Yes, what is funny?
Grover: Nothing, I could just use some dam french fries.
Zoe: I do not understand.
Grover: I want to use the dam water fountain.
Thalia: And I want to buy a dam shirt.
Percy: *bursts out laughing*
Bessie: (from a distance) Moo
Percy: Did I just hear a cow?
Thalia: A dam cow.
This literally aroused me to burst into hysterics. 😀