Friday, February 09, 2007

The lightning thief

This is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This series is different than many of the fantasy novels today in that some of the characters are the gods and goddesses from ancient Greek myths. The children in this novel are half-god, half-human like the heroes in the Greek myths – Hercules and Jason. These children are part of the 21st century – their parents are one a god or goddess and the other a mortal.

Percy Jackson is the main character and he discovers that he is one of these children. No wonder he has had so much trouble in school! He learns that he has this heritage and is thrust on a quest to save the world from a war of the gods. Percy first meets Grover in one of the schools he has been sent to, they are best friends. He meets Annabeth at a summer camp. Annabeth, a daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr, help him on this quest to return Zeus’s master lightning bolt. Durng this time Percy meets his father for the first time.

Don’t be scared away by the gods and goddesses topic being too difficult; this is a great book and very readable.

There will be 5 books in this series.

Look here to learn what a satyr is.

Learn about the 12 gods of Olympus


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