The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4)

81%

18 Critic Reviews

I think you should read this book because it is funny and scary at moments and makes you want to read more.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.
 

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Author Bio: Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of three different mythology-based series for Disney-Hyperion: the best-selling Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series. The first book in the Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller. The five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series have sold millions of copies, been published in more than thirty countries, and inspired a major motion picture. Rick's novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
 
Published May 2, 2009 by Disney Hyperion. 367 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Battle of the Labyrinth
All: 18 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

The fourth and penultimate volume of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the best one yet...The often-philosophical tale zips along with snappy dialogue, humor and thrilling action, culminating in a climactic battle between gods and Titans.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by mine-zizou on Oct 30 2015

I think you should read this book because it is funny and scary at moments and makes you want to read more.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Spartacus on Sep 28 2011

This book is exciting, funny, adventurous and difficult to put down. I am a 9-year-old boy and I recommend this book to 8-15 year-olds and ancient Greek and Roman Empire geeks like me!!!

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Spartacus on Sep 28 2011

In The Battle of the Labyrinth his ex friend Luke and his army are trying to invade Camp Half Blood but can't get through the magic borders...This book is exciting, funny, adventurous and difficult to put down. I am a 9-year-old boy and I recommend this book to 8-15 year-olds and ancient Greek and Roman Empire geeks like me!!!

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Mel Odom on Jun 12 2008

In addition to all the great imagery and dialogue, Riordan continues piling on the Greek mythology in The Battle of the Labyrinth. I love how he twists it and brings it into our world.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Mel Odom on Jun 12 2008

In addition to all the great imagery and dialogue, Riordan continues piling on the Greek mythology in The Battle of the Labyrinth. I love how he twists it and brings it into our world. And he dangles each cliffhanger and revelation of the plot with evident glee and precise precision.

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Above average
Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on May 22 2008

This latest installment in the series is another action filled, often funny, read for both teenagers and adults. Greek mythology is again brought to noisy life by author Rick Riordan who draws parallels and links between the ancient myths and the modern world.

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KidsReads

Above average
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on May 06 2008

Percy and his friends continue to mature and become more complex through the series (he has girl trouble now, for one thing), as do their adventures. The story arc has remained unified and compelling, and although readers who pick up the series midstream won't be disappointed, they'll certainly want to go back and start over from the beginning.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Katy B on Jun 04 2015

This book will take you on an adventure you will never forget and will keep you guessing. I would give Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan 4.5 out of 5 stars because this book if full of twists and turns and it keeps you wanting more.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by WorldofD on Jun 04 2015

In conclusion, I found a book, The Battle of the Labyrinth extremely interesting and exciting. I would recommend this book to readers who are into the series or Greek Mythology, in general.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by fyrefly on May 04 2012

It’s certainly just as exciting – the action is pretty much non-stop, and the book reads incredibly quickly – but the book has a few too many rather dark elements and complicated morality to really properly call it “fun”. It’s still got its funny moments...this book did have a lot of good points...I can’t wait to find out how the story ends!

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Jun 03 2015

As with all the books in this series, the story is filled with action, mythological gods, monsters, and ghosts. Most of the battle scenes are fantastical and described in Percy’s humorous tone. However, some of the half-blood children die in these battles.

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Reading for Sanity

Above average
Reviewed by MindySue on May 01 2010

I definitely sensed a change in the characters and storyline in this book. Battle of the Labyrinth shows a darker aspect than any of the previous novels with themes of revenge and betrayal, while still staying relatively kid-friendly...My least favorite of the series, but still worth reading.

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Kidsmomo

Excellent
Reviewed by You(th) on Dec 23 2010

This book by Rick Riordan is amazing. It’s about Percy and Annabeth traveling into the labyrinth and trying to find the inventor Dadelus to help them to keep Kronos’s army from invading Camp Half Blood. This book was so good that I could not put it down for one second.

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Jen Robinson's Book Page

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 25 2008

This book features a nearly impossible quest, a dark prophecy, and constant danger. Percy and his friends must demonstrate courage, loyalty, and their own unique strengths to make it through the Labyrinth...In short, I would rate this as essential reading for fans of the series.

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Caught Between the Pages

Excellent
Reviewed by Kayla on Mar 27 2010

The fourth book was not a disappointment. It was full of action and humor...I loved the book. I’m sad to know there’s only one book left for me to read, and I know I’ll miss Percy, but I’m itching to get my hands on that fifth book right now. Ah, well.

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Thirst for Fiction

Above average
Reviewed by Rhys on May 04 2010

Although Percy Jackson: Battle of the Labyrinth is perhaps not the best of the series, it is certainly one of my favourites, and it really is a great contribution to the series as a whole. PJ: BotL will keep you hooked until the very end, and I mean the very end: right to the last page!

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Winged Reviews

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Reviewed by Mary on Aug 09 2013

The book is full of bittersweet moments, and a strengthening of the deep bonds between the main characters. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson are getting older and wiser and it works. I was both sad and excited to be nearing the end of their adventures.

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