Page Number: 279
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books, 2006
My Rating: ★★★★★
This is the second novel in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one (The Lightning Thief) and as you can see I have given this one five out of five stars as well.
We rejoin the thirteen year old protagonist Percy Jackson for another action packed adventure. This time Percy is out to save his best friend Grover, the Satyr, from the grips of Polyphemus the terrifying Cyclops.
The tree of Thalia, daughter of Zeus, has also been poisoned and this calls for the healing qualities of the Golden Fleece. Luckily for Percy the Golden Fleece is also in the ownership of Polyphemus the Cyclops, so whist on the quest to save Grover, Percy can also save Thalia’s tree.
The characters are built up particularly well in this second novel, the relationship between our main characters Percy and Annabeth is interesting and hints towards a possible romantic connection growing in the following books. We also have Percy’s relationship with his newly discovered half-brother Tyson, a cyclops whom Percy met before returning to camp.
This novel encompasses everything I feel a young adult fantasy novel should have; a budding romance, family feuds, action, adventure…the list is endless! The themes Riordan addresses in this book are also quite profound, as I’m reading this from the point of someone much older it’s easier to read between the lines and see what ‘moral lesson’ is being told – and I really liked that aspect of the book.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who has read the previous novel, it would be difficult to get into without having that prior build up so reading them in order is a good idea!
Keep a look out for my review of the next in the series ‘The Titan’s Curse’.