Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Last OlympianTitle: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian 
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult / Mythology / Fantasy
2010 (2009)
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 361
Started: 2nd September 2016
Completed: 3rd September 2016
Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: Most people get presents on their sixteenth birthday. I get a prophecy that could save or destroy the world.

That’s how it is when you’re the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, bad things will happen when I turn sixteen – because I’m the one who gets to decide the fate of the entire world. But no pressure.

This is the one where Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Oh, and the dreaded (and not to mention enormous) monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it’s me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil…

The Last Olympian is the final book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series that follows the teenage years of Percy Jackson, a demi-god son of Poseidon, as he goes on quests to save his friends and the world. The series consists of four other books: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, and The Battle of the Labyrinth.  I’ve reviewed the previous books and you can read these reviews by clicking on the book covers below…

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief          Sea of Monsters          Titan's Curse          Battle of the Labyrinth

This is my favourite book from this series. I think that it provides a great ending to a wonderful, engaging series but it also sets up the next series which is entitled The Heroes of Olympus. 

Unlike the previous novels, this book didn’t focus on a particular myth but it is meant to mimic the idea of a great war, like the Trojan War. Despite the lack of an overarching myth this book had a wonderful plot that saw demi-gods, gods, nature spirits, and even monsters working together to save Olympus and the world from the Titan Kronos who is the father of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Most of the book was dedicated to this final battle with many plot twists and deaths along the way. I enjoyed the fact that Riordan had most of the book about the different aspects of the battle as I usually find final battles rather anti-climatic as they only last a few pages. I liked the detail that Riordan gave to the battle as people dealt with different foes and struggled with injuries. The only myth that
this book really touched on was that of Achilles.

cronusI did like the ending, especially Percy’s request, and it allows for a new series to unfold as there is a new Great Prophecy:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall,
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors Death.

However, the final chapter of the book also provides an actual ending. There’s no reason to read the next series because this is a complete story. You don’t have to read the net series to understand anything (except the new Great Prophecy) and that’s great for people who don’t want to read endless series’.

I was glad to see that Rachel Dare played a huge role in the book again as she provides Percy with vital information and takes on a new role within this universe. She is one of my favourite characters. I also enjoyed the roles of Silena and Clarisse in this book. It was nice to see a genuine female friendship played out in a book like this as these girls will do anything to protect each other. It was a very touching relationship.

I think that the only thing I disliked was the weird ‘love triangle’ between Rachel, Percy, and Annabeth. There was also the problem of Annabeth’s odd little crush on Luke. It was all a bit of a mess and it distracted me at times from the main plot. The relationship between Annabeth and Percy is important to both this series and the next series but this book didn’t really need a love triangle when the main relationship was complicated anyway.

Overall, this book is a wonderful end to a genuinely enjoyable series. It’s full of action, friendship, and even grief and it’s enthralling. It’s a book that’s suitable for all ages and genders, except for very small children, and I’d happily recommend this book and the rest of the series to anyone. Riordan’s writing style makes Greek mythology accessible to everyone in a new and exciting way.


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

  1. I loved this book, and it is definitely the my favourite from the series, closely followed by The Battle of the Labyrinth. The Heroes of Olympus series is equally brilliant. I look forward to your reviews of them too. 🙂

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    1. My favourites are this book and The Lightning Thief.

      I’m looking forward to reviewing them. I’ve already reviewed The Mark of Athena but I didn’t review the first two books for some reason and I have read the last two yet!

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