Review: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

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Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Mythology (Greek)
Pages: 381
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books

5 Stars

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After what, to me, seems like a horde of negative or negative-ish reviews (5 in a row!), it was time for something positive. And what could be more positive than an amazing conclusion to an amazing series.

I finished rereading this book just a few hours ago and it made me so sad. I mean, I was really, really happy because the ending is so perfect. But I was also sad because I love this series to pieces and this was the last book. No more books from Percy’s perspective. No more great prophecy about the demigod of the eldest gods, no more wondering about Luke and Kronos. Last time I finished this series, I was a little shell-shocked because I’d marathon-ed the whole thing and I couldn’t believe it had ended. This time, it’s more of a bittersweet feeling.

But enough about that. At the end of Battle of the Labyrinth, Luke’s body got overtaken by Kronos, meaning Kronos is finally out of Tartarus and considering the amount of trouble he created when he wasn’t even there, we know that things are going to get so much worse.

At the beginning of the novel, Percy’s sixteenth birthday is only a week away, and all the campers have been going on missions to try to at least reduce the destruction Kronos is causing and maybe slow him down. They’re looking for the cruise ship because that’s where Kronos is and they’re waiting for the final showdown, the battle with Kronos and his forces. And let me tell you, it is a hell of a battle.

A large part of the novel is actually taken up by it. The fight that we’ve all been anticipating, it’s here and it’s done so well. We don’t often get to read about stuff like this. Two leaders, two armies, battle strategies, reinforcements, patrols… the whole thing. And I can’t tell you how satisfying this was to read. Rick Riordan once again proves that he’s amazing at his job. And I’m not just talking about the fighting. There was so much going on. We finally heard the full great prophecy, the gods were more involved than they’ve ever been, there was an arc with Rachel, with Nico, some really heartbreaking moments, and we got to know Luke a lot better.

The stakes were really high. But more importantly, they felt high. You could tell this was the end. And it was the perfect end.

This series is one of my favourites and if you’ve read the previous four books, which I’m guessing you have or you probably shouldn’t have read this review, I don’t need to recommend this one to you. You’re going to read it anyway. So I’ll just reassure those who are sceptical when it comes to last books of series’ (people like me) that this is a perfect conclusion.

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