Saturday, June 30, 2007
The Sea of Monsters
The second book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & The Olympians series was the last book of the month. The Sea of Monsters was almost as good as The Lightning Thief, the first book to introduce Percy Jackson, a half-blood with a mortal mother and the god Poseidon as his father.
In The Sea of Monsters, Percy is looking forward to the last day of seventh grade and a return to Camp Half-Blood, until giant cannibals attack him during PE class, and his friend Annabeth, another half-blood, has to rescue him, and his latest school friend, Tyson. Tyson, a Cyclops, turns out to be Percy's half-brother, because Poseidon is the father of all Cyclops. Together the three return to camp only to find a few changes. Chiron, the teacher who is a centaur is gone, banished from the camp because the magic borders protecting the camp have broken down due to the death of the protective tree enclosing the body of Zeus' daughter. The tree was poisoned, and strange events occur as monsters start to invade. To make matters worse, Grover, Percy's satyr friend is appearing to him in dreams, and he's in trouble. The only way to save Camp Half-Blood and Grover is a quest to the Sea of Monsters, known today as the Bermuda Triangle.
Once again, Riordan does an excellent job in telling the stories from mythology, stories of gods and monsters and heroes, through the eyes of Percy Jackson, a half-mortal. Percy is a wonderful young hero, loyal and protective of his friends. He and his friends are forced to fight for their lives against forces attempting to restore the power of Kronos, a titan and father of the gods. The Sea of Monsters is the second page-turner in a terrific series.
Rick Riordan's website is www.rickriordan.com
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. Hyperion Books for Children, ©2006, ISBN 0-7868-5686-6 (hardcover), 279p.