Review: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Review: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Title: The Last Olympian, book 5 Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Author: Rick Riordan
Format: audiobook (Overdrive)
Narrator: Jesse Bernstein
Publisher: Listening Library

Summary

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

My Thoughts

First I have to say, with the prophecy, which we’ve been waiting for from like book one, is finally revealed in its totality. I thought I knew what was going to happen with the prophecy, regarding a piece about a cursed sword, but I was completely wrong. I couldn’t have been further from the mark.

The audiobook is once again narrated by Jesse Bernstein. He does such a wonderful job narrating this book, and playing Percy. I don’t think if I read the ebook or physical books, I wouldn’t be able to hear someone else’s voice. (Similarly, if I read a book of the In Death series by J. D. Robb, I hear Susan Erikson’s voice for the characters. This was tested when New York to Dallas was released, as I first read the ebook rather than listening to an audiobook. I didn’t have an audible subscription at the time and didn’t want to wait for the library copy to be available.)

There is betrayal to the camp, and the campers. Suspense, wondering how the campers will make it through the battle, or if any and who will perish. This book has everything. It even has a little romance, nothing serious, but it is there. Having all these things wrapped into one book, plus the natural humor Rick Riordian is able to incorporate into the flow of the story, I have to give this 5/5 stars. I definitely recommend The Last Olympian, and all the other Percy books to anyone who loves fantasy, or wants to get started in the genre.

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