Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

What if the gods of Olympus were alive in the 21st Century? What if they still fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes — like Theseus, Jason and Hercules?

What if you were one of those children?

Such is the discovery that launches twelve-year-old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.

I loved this book. I thought it was clever and funny and fast paced. It was clean, too. (Well, duh--the main character is 12.) I never in a million years would have dreamed that I would like dipping my feet in the vast pool of fantasy literature, but I am really liking the majority of what I have read so far. I am reading bk. 2 now, and I've heard that it's way better than this one. I'll let you know what I think! :)

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