The series follows Percy Jackson, a boy who discovers very quickly at the age of twelve that being kicked out of six schools in as many years is the least of your problems when you are a demigod: a child of one of the Greek gods. Hunted by monsters and wrongly accused as the thief of Zeus’s master lightning bolt, Percy begins the series with a splash whose waves carry us all the way through to the end.
Humor is a large part of what draws me to Riordan’s work: a blend of jokes, irony, and quirky characters lightens the mood of the five-book odyssey, which tacks a course through a repeat of the Titans’ war with the gods. Despite the comic relief, he also has the power to put you on the edge of your seat with suspense as each book leads you closer to the fulfillment of the mysterious Great Prophecy, when the fate of men and gods will be decided forever.
Riordan lends new interest to the ancient myths: turning the self-serving Greek gods of stories into something more personal: the characters’ argumentative and mistrustful parents. Monsters, too, have received a makeover: Medusa runs a garden-statue shop, and the Furies disguise themselves as evil old schoolteachers.
Truly, the world of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters has been restored to its rightful throne in these captivating novels.