Battles, NYC, and the Underworld REVIEWING The Last Olympian

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We're back with another Percy Jackson review as we continue the countdown to the release of The Tower of Nero. 

We are 9 weeks and 6 days away from the release of The Tower of Nero (October 6, 2020)!

This is a The Battle of the Labyrinth SPOILER LAND, clearly, because this is a sequel. 
This review of The Last Olympian is completely spoiler free for this fifth and final installment. 

Let's jump in!

The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Adventure Fantasy
Year: 2009

The Last Olympian


All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. 

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. 

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited 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. 


So this is it. We've finally come to the final book in this series....and has it ever been a ride! When last we left our heroes, the threat of the Labyrinth was removed, and Camp Half-Blood was saved! However, a bigger battle is coming and this time, it is going to be heading its way through New York City and up to the Empire State Building. Why? Because that's the location of present day Mount Olympus, of course! It's conquering time for Kronos. 

I know I said that the third book was pretty grim and that there would be a darker turn for the series coming...welcome. Book four wasn't too bad, but this is book five and this time, Uncle Rick is coming straight for your heart. From the BEGINNING. As usual, I won't spoil anything within this book, but let me tell gets bad. We start off the book with a secret mission to hinder Krono's main ship and it goes all kinds of wrong. This one is the one that really made me sit back and go "wow, this is a full-on serious conflict." This time we aren't just throwing a bunch of teenagers into dangerous places, we are taking the fight to them and actually killing some of them, while seriously wounding others. 

So what do we have in store? A lot of New York. Most of this book does take place in New York City, because most of this book deals solely with the oncoming threat, strategizing for the fight, and actual fighting. The two detours we get are to Connecticut and to the Underworld. Forget bright, sunny Hollywood, we are going straight to dismal, dark Underworld territory. Why? Because Nico and Percy have a plan, of course. It is insane and Percy may not actually be able to handle it, but it is a plan nonetheless. 

What else do we have? Our favorite characters, of course! Including one Rachel Elizabeth Dare, who likes to throw wrenches at our favorite ship....that's right I'm talking about Percy and Annabeth. Will they? Won't they? Will they? Won't they? We should all be aching to know if we don't already. Rachel and Annabeth don't really get along, so Percy has to deal with that, while figuring out how he feels about both, and I'm sure we all have our favorites chosen by now because again, this has been a wild ride. Pull over, Mr. Toad, Percy Jackson is taking the wheel. 

What else is there? Even more conflict! Are the gods going to help out the demigods when Kronos launches his assault? Who knows?! They're all busy fighting Typhon, a big bad Titan that is causing a lot of problems for everybody. Will they even care enough to help? I know, but if you don't, you should read and find out, because I'm not spoiling anything for anyone. As usual though, the gods never make things easy for anyone to get anything accomplished, but that's just a fact by now. 

I love this book and it is such a fitting end to this series. It wraps up most of the things that we needed to know. It addresses the shortcomings of the gods, it addresses the weaknesses of our heroes, it shows the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, and its hilarious to boot. Why? Because as he does in every other book in this series, Percy narrates everything. Percy is still honestly one of the most fun and hilarious narrators I've ever read in a book. He's fantastic and he is such a great character to be following. He has his flaws, but he's likable. He does stupid stuff, but it always ends up turning into doing the right thing. He truly GOES THE DISTANCE.



Yep. This is definitely a goody. This whole series is fantastic, I can't recommend it enough. I give The Last Olympian a Lone Star rating of ✯✯

Now that we've finished reviewing the entire Percy Jackson & the Olympians series I can provide my series rating!!! I've never done this, but this seems like a good time to start. I give this series overall a Lone Star rating of ✯✯

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