The third book in the Percy Jackson series was…ok. All of these books are just ok, not great, not horrible, just ok. the best part for me is that it is generating and interest in Greek mythology within my kids. The big drawback is that so much of the magic/mystical material feels very derivative from the Harry Potter series. As we were reading even the kids would pick up on certain things and say, “that’s just like Harry Potter.”
Anyway, the third installment is much like the previous two books; Percy and his friends find trouble, a quest is initiated, they bop around the country, culminating in a final showdown. We are introduced to Artemis and the Hunters which are an interesting addition and foil to Percy and his normal cohort. We also get to see more of the “evil plan” of Kronos, the main villain of the series. I also like the development of a titan-led army. It almost feels like a video game and Percy is moving through various boss battles in order to finally meet Kronos in the final battle.
As a person who enjoys YA fiction on it’s own, I wouldn’t highly recommend this book for just general adult readers. However, pretty much like any book, I wouldn’t keep it out of your kids hands. Reading even mediocre books is still good.