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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5) (Hardcover)

by Rick Riordan (Author)

Product Description

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of 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 Percy Jackson and the Olympians 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.

About the Author
Rick Riordan is the author of the first three books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, and The Titan s Curse. 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.

A great series...a shame it had to end., May 5, 2009
By Toby Kenzington

This is the fifth and final Percy Jackson adventure and you know all your questioned will be answered. Percy is on the cusp of adulthood, but is he really the kid from the great prophecy? Who will Percy end up with? Will Luke's story finally be revealed? But before we get ahead of ourselves, Percy and Beckendorf must stop the ship, Princess Andromeda from reaching her destination. As Blackjack approaches the headquarters of the titan lord, snake women, hounds, giants, and humanoid demons all patrol the upperdecks, but like a dark comet zipping toward its destination, they managed to get past them without incident.

Soon after dropping the pair off on the lowest deck, Blackjack retreats, and Beckendorf, pulls an image of his beloved and begins to reminisce about the daughter of Aphrodite. With a glint of wariness in his eyes, Percy reassures him that they will succeed in their mission. So Beckendorf takes the lead, and with enemy voices arguing around them, they manage to reach the ship's engine room. Guarded by only one dog-headed half human, only one slice is needed for him to explode into dust. After setting several viles of Greek fire, a horde of monsters head toward our heroes.

All this, and it's only just started. What a story! What a series! The Last Olympian continues with its cutting edge, hip style of presenting Greek Mythology in a way that flows seamlessly into the first-person dialogue, and not force fed to the reader. You learn without learning, what a beautiful concept. The action is packed, and there are more than a few surprises - I won't mention them here. But I will say all the loose ends from The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) and The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) are sewn up in what must be one of the greatest series in literary history. Great job, Rick Riordan. A bit odd, but you sure can write. I would also like to take a moment and thank him for all he has given to help communities and is rare for someone of his status to be so involved.

******spoilers below *******

The answers to the questions stated earlier: During Percy's heroic escape from the Princess Andromeda, Poseidon tells him he must return to Camp Half-Blood and fulfill his destiny. Percy and Annabeth bring the prophecy to the war council where Percy discovers that no matter which side he chooses, he will die. This key event changes the tone of the entire book and sets up on terrific final battle. Percy dreams of Rachel, and tells Annabeth which causes Percy and Annabeth to become angered at each other. Trying to clear his mind of Annabeth, Percy wanders to the edge of the forest where he finds Nico, Juniper, and Leneus, discussing Grover's health. Leneus doesn't want to help Grover, but is convinced by Percy. Nico and Percy then decide to find Luke's mother and hence, discover Luke's past.