Book Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4
Publication Date: Published May 6th 2008 by Hyperion
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Summary: Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun, but when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears, pursued by demon cheerleaders, things quickly go from bad to worse.

Time is running out for Percy. War between the gods and the Titans is drawing near. Even Camp Half-Blood isn’t safe, as Kronos’ army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth — a sprawling underground world with surprises and danger at every turn.

Along the way Percy will confront powerful enemies, find out the truth about the lost god Pan, and face the Titan lord Kronos’ most terrible secret. The final war begins . . . with the Battle of the Labyrinth.

Review Overview:

  • One of my favorite story-lines so far; I love Deadalus and his labyrinth!
  • Fast-paced adventure that fans of the series will love though not as funny as the previous books
  • Percy continues to grow as a character
  • Heightens up the tension for the next book!

In a fast-paced adventure, Rick Riordan continues to amaze me by bringing myths to life in the fourth installment of the Percy Jackson series. As the evil Kronos and his army become more powerful, it is up to Percy, Annabeth, Tyson, and Grover to beat the army to the heart of Daedalus’s labyrinth. The fate of Camp Half-Blood is in the hands of Percy and friends.

Story-wise, THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH is my favorite so far. Daedalus and his labyrinth is one of my favorite myths, mostly because it brought me back to my Latin class in high school. I loved how Riordan brought the labyrinth to life. As usual, his writing was full of vivid descriptions that brought me into the intricate maze right next to Percy.

The writing was fast-paced as usual full of action and surprises around every corner. Unlike other authors, Riordan still has the ability to surprise me with awesome plot twists that I never would have seen coming despite having recently read his other books. THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH will not disappoint fans of the series.

This book lacked the humor that I loved in the previous books, but THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH makes up for that area in terms of character development and relationships. Percy continues to grow as a character, not only maturing with age, but as well as the powers he has. It was amazing to read what he could do with the gifts bestowed by him as the son of Poseidon. Furthermore, I loved his interactions with Annabeth, as awkward as they were. I love that their friendship is developing into something more, though Percy doesn’t really understand it at the moment. So adorable!

The ending left off with a lot of tension. I can just anticipate how amazing the last book will be. With Percy’s sixteenth birthday a year away, I can only imagine how much adventure there is to come. The war between the Titans and the Gods of Olympus is just about ready to go into full swing!

I am enjoying the series tremendously. Despite the fact that I still have one book to go, I can honestly say that the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will become one of my favorites of all time! I strongly urge you to read the series if you haven’t already!


  1. Ah, I love Percy Jackson and the Olympians! Sometimes I wonder if it is odd that I’ve read through this whole YA series, but it is just too interesting. I enjoy the way Rick Riordan weaves the original Greek myths into a modern-day context. He has really fanned the flames of my newfound Greek mythology obsession, lol.
    Over the March break I’m thinking of starting on his newer series, ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ :)

    1. I heard about his new series as well! But I think I’ll wait until all the books are out. I can’t stand waiting for the next book in a series! :)

    1. Haha figures… I haven’t seen it yet but I don’t have high hopes for it. I’ll probably just watch it eventually just to see what its like.

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