Monday, June 29, 2009
In The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson is about to get kicked out of boarding school . . . . again. And that is the least of his problems. He ends up at a half-blood camp for demi gods where he discovers that he has some family ties to Mount Olympus and is the prime suspect in the theft of Zeus's master lightning bolt.
On his journey to find the bolt and clear his name as well as save his father's reputation, he has to come to terms with dad's abandonment, and his mother's death, something he blames himself for. Challenges on his quest include trying to decipher the oracle's cryptic advice and staying alive while underworld gods and beasts are attacking, while trying to save what really matters most - friends and family. With his magic sword, Riptide, Percy takes on gods, does their dirty work, and oh, by the way, has to save the world at the same time.
I flew through this book in two days. It's action-packed from the first pages and takes you on a wild ride. Weaving familiar mythology and gods like, Zeus, Posiden, Hades, Ares and Athena along with creatures like Medusa and the Chimera into the plot adds fun and interest.
I highly recommend this thrill ride! There are five so far in this series and I can't wait to get through them all!