- Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
- Format: Paperback | 312 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 191mm x 25mm | 181g
- Publication date: 19 April 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1423101480
- ISBN 13: 9781423101482
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 4,011
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared-a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
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Rick Riordan is also the author of the New York Timesbest-selling "Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief "and "Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two: The Sea of Monsters." 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.
By Adrian J. Watts 07 Nov 2010
The book featured some of the same frustrations as The Sea of Monsters - cf. a lot of talking and running around to get to a very quickly-resolved conclusion. The arbitrary limits the gods set on themselves are the only reason for 200 of the book's 312 pages; cut out all of that, have the gods actually being gods, and the story would be finished in just a few pages.
At least this was not just a retelling of another episode of Greek mythology with the names changed. (The Sea of Monsters may as well have been The Odyssey.) It drew on established mythology, but applied the series' real premise to it to make it something new and engaging. It was a marked improvement from the second book, and if the trend keeps up I am confident that some of my broader concerns about the series in general will be addressed n the two remaining books.
By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010
The SEA OF MONSTERS ended with a bang, with another child of the three gods emerging from the tree guarding Camp Half-Blood. Percy Jackson now has his hands full in THE TITAN'S CURSE, the third volume of the series.
When he answers an urgent call from his best friend, Grover, at a school in Maine, unexplainable things start happening. Grover has found two more half-bloods, who are siblings, but the assistant principal is a powerful monster in disguise. Grover will never get the half-bloods to camp without help. Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia set off for Maine to help Grover, but don't realize that they're walking into a trap.
Dr. Thorn, the assistant principal, has some tricks up his sleeve. When Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, arrives, things get out of hand. Dr. Thorn falls off a cliff with Annabeth. Artemis goes after her and everyone else returns to Camp Half-Blood. Here, they try to act as normal as possible, but two camper's dreams indicate severe trouble with both Artemis and Annabeth.
The Oracle speaks and five campers must find and bring back Artemis before the Winter Solstice. For the first time, Percy remains behind, but not by choice, and not for long. When Percy meets up with the group, the enemies start showing themselves--and the race to reach Artemis and Annabeth alive becomes more crucial. Can Percy save both them before the Winter Solstice?
THE TITAN'S CURSE leaves the reader hanging, waiting for several important questions to be answered in the final two books of the series. This fast-paced novel, along with the action, makes it a great series for fantasy lovers, reluctant readers, and anyone looking for a good story.
"In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut."