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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized8 Comments

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Source: Purchased by me
Publication Date: 05 May 2009
Series or Standalone: Series (order listed below)
ISBN: 1423101472
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Websites:
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has been one that I’ve loved since reading the first book, The Lightning Thief. It was also a series that I started late in the game and so was spoiled in having ready access to all the books with the exception of the fifth and final book. I blazed through the first four in the story fairly quickly, listening to them on audio in my car and just becoming so entranced with the idea of demigods and the Greek Gods still walking amongst us mere mortals. So I hated the wait from when I finished The Battle of the Labyrinth to when Last Olympian was released. I immediately purchased it at the store because I didn’t want to wait for the audio at my library. The book then sadly languished for far longer than it should have before I had a chance to read it. When I did though it was instant love.
The Last Olympian is the first book in the series that I actually read in the print form and while I missed the narrator from the audios I could still sometimes here his cadences as I read the lines from the characters. As this was the last book in a five book story ARC events quickly got under way and as a reader I was swept along with them. This story was a little darker then the previous installments. There were more battles and as a result, more losses. Heroes rose in some of the most unlikely sources and I found myself cheering along with the other campers. The action was edge of your seat and even though you know in the back of your head that all will be well, that the Titans won’t win, you still have those moments of doubt as our heroes are faced with such daunting odds. 
For me, while I’ve loved the overall story ARC in the Percy Jackson series, it has had its ups and downs. The Last Olympian though definitely falls on the up side of things and I think that it is my favorite of all the books in this series. I’ve loved watching all the characters grow from the first book to really coming into their own with this one. There is an ending, a solid ending that leaves the reader happy and satisfied. An ending, that even if you didn’t know that Rick Riordan was working on a spin off series you would be content to say good-bye to Camp Half-Blood.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series Order (Click title to be directed to my review)
Book 1: The Lightning Thief
Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
Book 3: The Titan’s Curse
Book 4: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Book 5: The Last Olympian

8 Responses to “The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan”

  1. SuziQoregon

    Oh this gets me even more excited to start this series. Yes, I haven’t read any of them yet. I did pick up The Lightning Thief at the bookstore yesterday so I WILL be starting soon. I’m nearly done with my re-read of the Harry Potter series on audio, so once I’m done with that I plan to start reading The Lightning Thief.

  2. Irish

    SuziQ – its a great series. I LOVED the mythology aspect of it! I also just finished reading the first book in the spin off series and loved it just as much as this one. I highly recommend.

  3. Ikkin-bot

    I agree this is a great series and worth reading. The spin off series is out now I believe. Will you be reading that as well.

  4. Irish

    BermudaOnion – its a great series I love it.

    Ikkin-bot – Yes I will be reading the spin off. In fact I just finished Lost Hero and really liked it. My fully review will be up on the 27th. =)

  5. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    I really loved this book when I read it. It’s been a while now, but I’m ready to revisit Camp Half-Blood with Riordan’s new book, The Lost Hero. I haven’t picked it up yet, but I’m planning on it soon. Great review 😀

  6. Irish

    Nikki – I read this back in Feb…realized I never wrote my review when I was going to write my thoughts on Lost Hero. Love this series.