Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief
“Her eyes began to glow like barbecue coals. Her fingers stretched, turning into talons. Her jacket melted into large, leathery wings. She wasn’t human.” The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is an amazing, action packed book, filled with magic and mythology.
Percy and Annabeth are both demigods; half god and half human. Percy is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Annabeth is the daughter of Athena, goddess of wisdom. Grover, however, is a satyr; half man, half goat. The group of friends are sent on a quest to retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt, and during their quest they come across monsters such as Medusa, Chimera (a huge chihuahua), and Ares, the war god himself. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover battle monsters, gods, goddesses, and other mythological creatures to save Olympus and the world from what Percy calls, World War III.
The novel is set in the character’s mind and portrays his thoughts which makes the book more intriguing for the reader. It is appropriate for ages nine and above for it’s violent content. I would recommend Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief to lovers of mythology that are seeking adventure. In The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan has taken greek mythology to the next level, and has made us ask ourselves: “Are Greek gods and goddesses actually real?”