Tuesday, October 30, 2007


The Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, bk. II
by Rick Riordan

This second installment in the Percy Jackson series starts with Percy again returning to Camp Half-Blood, but this time, against directions. he finds it under attack, as someone has poisoned the tree that protects it, adn someone must go on a quest to find the only thing that might heal it - the Golden Fleece. Yes, that golden fleece, did you know of another? The premise of this series is that Percy discovers as a young teenager that he is the son of Poseidon, and the others at the Camp are half-bloods, too, heroes in training.

The premise of the series is fun, though the storyline in this one is not great. The action still not bad, but it just fails to deliver the same kind of non-stop, gripping action and guessing about the mythology that the first one does. He does encounter plenty of the good old monsters, mostly ones that Odysseus ran into, since he has to travel to the island inhabited by the same Cyclops, and those with some knowledge of classics will likely find it as fun as I do to see wehre it's going, but still. Ultimately, while it's certainly okay, it just isn't as good as the first one. I sure hope things pick up again in book III. I will read it, just in case, because the first one was really good.

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