Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I was looking for something gentle and safe to ease into 2022 so what better than a kids book right? I may have just developed a new obsession though.
I shockingly missed this series when I was younger but being a lover of Greek mythology, monsters and a good quest I knew it would be right up my street.
Percy Jackson is struggling in school, he has ADHD, dyslexia and he’s either loosing his mind or monsters are after him. He soon learns that he’s half mortal/ half god and the only safe place for him is at Camp Half Blood. Here he can get trained up in how to survive this new world, find out who his dad is and why there seems to be a price on his head. Cue adventure, quests, friendship, battles with monsters and gods all with a little sass, humour and bravery.
I enjoyed how Riordan weaves the mythical into the mundane ‘real world’, doesn’t hold back on the creepy and also explores the complex relationships and family dynamics that the gods extra curricular activities leave behind.
It was fast paced with lots of action, great characters and clever writing. Definitely a teenage read but I’m not ashamed to say I love it now in my 30s and can’t wait to read more of the series.
Middle Grade Fantasy