But when you're the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive...
This is the third installment of the Percy Jackson series. Percy, along with some old friends and new acquaintances, goes on a quest to California to find his would-be girlfriend and a missing goddess, who have both been kidnapped and imprisoned by Titans who want to overthrow the Olympians. Story-wise, it's similar to the first two books in the series, and yet little by little the stakes get higher in each successive book. We meet more major and minor players in the mythological world, and Percy learns more about this world and his place in it -- not all of it positive. I'm finding this to be a fun series to read. Now that further movie adaptations are unlikely, I have no hesitation carrying on to the remaining two books in short order.
I do have quibbles with Riordan's (or at least Percy's) sketchy knowledge of DC geography, however.