Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Five: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/1/25
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.
Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; the New York Times #1 best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; as well as all the books in the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous 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.
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Their travels and adventures take them to the Underworld, across the Sea of Monsters, and through the Labyrinth, all the while facing monsters and characters from ancient mythology. Riordan's characters are well crafted and likable, witty and quirky and they are again here in Last Olympian.
Other fantasy books I'd recommend are the brilliant time travel adventure 'Godstone' and 'Mariah Mundi':
GODSTONE - THE KAIROS BOXES
The one thing that left me a bit disappointed about this book in particular is that with it being the last one in the series revolving around the first great prophecy, and Percy finally having to play his very important part, I expected more conflict on him. Percy is under a lot of pressure and tension, I think it would have been more realistic, and more pleasing therefore, to see more conflict go on within him, to see him struggle a bit more to make the right decisions and therefore see some growth in his own personality, to go deeper and give more meaning to the "yealding" Hestia talks about. In short: I think we didn't see Percy really "yealding". It seems that everything was a bit too easy for him when it came to making decisions. That felt too unreal. I feel that the whole topic of yielding, maturing, being generous and really having to struggle to get there, which is what most have to go through, wasn't represented in a realistic manner. It was too simplistic.
On a final note, as much as I have found this new take on mythological stories fun and entertaining, I'm not sure I'll read the other books in The Heroes of Olympus and The Trials of Apollo series. It gets boring if you only read about the same thing. It would be great if the author wrote about other things besides mythology, and offered us new adventures to read without having anything to do with mythology.
I was wrong.
I think about two thirds of this book was all the battle that the entire series has been building to, which was so smart because it made it feel so big and important. There was no last minute gotchas, no subverting the fighting and attrition the war needed. If delivered on the big and epicness that has been promised since book one.
My only complaint, and it isn’t big enough to detract from my rating, is just the same one I have for every book in this series. I don’t love Riordan’s writing. I think he needs to slow down and take his time. I’m not saying turn these in to 600 page books, but just add 50 pages to the thing and give us some details and descriptions. Middle grade is plenty able to have depth and I just hope his future series have that in mind.
But, for The Last Olympian, I think Riordan outdid himself. This is clearly the best book in the series, and an incredibly satisfying conclusion to everything preceding it. 5 stars.
Everything really did come together quite well with a conclusion that had a certain gravity in it. Early on in the series the author showed that there was consequences and that not everybody would get away unscathed or alive. I felt that the ending of the series was satisfying and did conclude the series in such a way that it would have been perfectly fine for him not to continue on in the world. However of course he laid the foundation for the next series.
As of today he has written several other series based upon mythological Pantheon's as well as a sequel series to this series all contained within the same universe. He found his neech and has stuck to it. I have the feeling that most of his Works will be similar but is quality of writing will make it worth the read and purchase for the most part.
This series is appropriate for those ages 10 and up in the beginning but I do think that with the tone of the series shifting and everything that happens you could add a couple years toward the end.
Percy has to face some serious obstacles in this book and he becomes the true leader I've been wanting to see in the series. He leads his army against Kronos even when the odds are stacked up against him. Annabeth is always at his side and always makes a great companion with Percy. I loved that in this book you find out about Anabeth and Lukes past together and what led him to do what he did. This book was all-around very good.