This book, third in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, has only one flaw – It leaves you wanting more. Fortunately the fourth book in the series is due to come out soon, so the wait won’t be too long.
Of course, its always better to have read the earlier books in the series and have a general knowledge of Greek mythology. However, I’m willing to bet that if you were to pick up this book by itself you would fall into the plot and characters fairly quickly. The books follow the “half blood” mortal children of the Greek gods who, after centuries, still haven’t learned self control and consequently continue having multiple affairs with humans. The gods retain the same offices they did in ancient times, although they upgrade the tools of their trade. Hermes caduceus transforms into a more socially acceptable and portable cell phone. Ares, complete in biker outfit, rides a motorcycle instead of fire breathing stallions. That sort of thing.
The series follows the exploits of one particular half blood hero, Percy Jackson, son of one of “The Big Three.” Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades made a pact years earlier to not have any more children with human women. Motivated by self interest, they intended to avoid a prophecy that said one of their children would make a decision capable of destroying the Olympians. If you’re at all familiar with Greek mythology, you can imagine how well that worked out. Add to the mix the Titan Kronos and his growing army, new half blood heroes, monsters, and plot twists. The result is a wonderfully funny, adventurous, imaginative book geared to entertain children and adults alike.
In my opinion, this book is suitable for all ages.
I recommend you read this. Right now. Go on. What are you waiting for?