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The Lightening Thief, Percy Jackson book 1, by Rick Riordan

This is the first instalment in the bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The first two books have even been made into movies, though the books are very different and much better.

This book focusses on the adventures of Percy Jackson, a twelve-year-old boy who discovers he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon. Being the son of a god and a mortal makes Percy a demigod, referred to in this book as half-bloods. Half-bloods are constantly hunted by various monsters and live in the only safe place for their kind, Camp Half-Blood. Designed like an extraordinary summer camp and full of activities such as monsters fighting, archery and sword fighting, this place is awesome!

The three oldest and most powerful of the Olympians are Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. After World War II the three made a pledge not to have any more children with mortals. But clearly, this promise didn’t hold. The fact that Percy is a son of Poseidon makes him more powerful than any other half-blood, including enabling him to control water. However, it also makes him a target for the worst of the worst, even some of the gods would like to see him dead.

Percy’s friends include his fellow half-blood Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and the satyr Grover. They join Percy on his quest and help him overcome various challenges. Annabeth is smart and clever while Grover is funny and kind. Without their skill and knowledge Percy wouldn’t be able to defeat his various foes. They are some of my favourite characters of all time.

This book is fast passed and filled with adventure, humour and mythology. I loved this book and couldn’t wait to read the next Percy Jackson book! I give it 10/10.

Happy reading!

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