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QBD Reviews: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

9780141346809Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief introduces us to the world of Percy Jackson. Here, the gods of Olympus exist, along with all the monsters of Greek mythology and the offspring of the gods and mortals. These are demi-gods (or heroes).

Follow the 12-year old boy, Percy Jackson, who has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Known as a problem child, he has been kicked out of nearly a school a year, with this current school being his 6th in 6 years. Everything changes one night when he and his mum are attacked by a Minotaur. Join Percy as he discovers his true parentage, uncover monsters and myth that have entered Western society, and uncover just who it is that is slowly rising from the Pits of Tartarus. Who is it that is getting ready to overthrow Olympus?

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is an incredible book. It is a simple and short read and yet it incorporates everything from Greek mythology, namely tragedies and monsters. Rick Riordan has weaved a myth masterpiece in this novel. Highly recommend for all lovers of fantasy and of mythology, as well as those who enjoyed Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is a shocking start to this mythical series.

Character Profile: Percy Jackson

Please note, the following Character Profile does contain spoilers from both the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

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Percy Jackson Series: Book 1

Name: Percy Jackson
Father: Poseidon (Neptune)
Mother: Sally Jackson
Step-Father: Paul Blofis
Fatal Flaw: Loyalty. In the books, it is often repeated that Percy's downfall will be his unwavering loyalty to his friends and loved ones.
First met: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Character Overview: Percy is the initially unwilling hero of Olympus both in the fight with the Titans and again, in the fight against Gaia and the Giants. He is a natural born leader, who usually leads by running into the middle of the fight. He is loyal to a fault, literally, as his loyalty has been used against him by his many enemies. He is stubborn yet lovable. While he may not be incredibly intelligent, he has a charisma that draws others to him and an ability to lead that even Romans cannot help but admire.

Having the blood of the sea-god running through him, Percy is able to accomplish extraordinary feats, with near inexhaustible stamina while in or over water, which has allowed him to duel with beings like Ares, the god of war. He knows his exact location and bearing while over salt water and can even summon water at will, though this tends to leave him drained.

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Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson in the film adaptation of the Percy Jackson series.

Reviewsday: Magnus Chase & The Sword of Summer

magnus chaseRick Riordan is back with another epic adventure that blends together the worlds of gods and men in
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer.

Here's some thoughts we had while reading the first few chapters (with as few spoilers as possible):

60ec2fab9"My name is Magnus Chase. I'm sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed." Clearly this book is going to be epic.

60ec2fab9Oh no! He's homeless.

60ec2fab9Aww someone is looking for him. An uncle & cousin Annabeth. That's good. I wonder if that Annabeth is the same character from Percy Jackson?

60ec2fab9"Magnus, run. Hide. Don't trust anyone." What the hell is after this kid?

60ec2fab9"I don't steal from just anybody. I choose obnoxious jerks who have too much already." Nice to know you got values son.

60ec2fab9Hold the phone...the kid has rich relatives? Why the heck is he a street kid? Oh great, he's robbing them. This is how he dies.

60ec2fab9He doesn't die...yet.

60ec2fab9"You're sixteen today, aren't you? They'll be coming to kill you." Nice way to be creepy Uncle Randolph. Although he did just break into your house. Where's that nice uncle when you need him?

60ec2fab9You did not just get into a car with the guy that basically issued you a death threat.

60ec2fab9Well he's dead. Can't say we weren't warned.

So just to recap, 16 year old Magnus Chase is the pivotal character in this new series. His mother has been killed by some scary beastie and now he's choosing to live life as a homeless pick pocket, hiding from the thing that's apparently coming to kill him...which from the first page you totally know is going to happen. He has a family that he is trying to avoid, and some questionable friends from the streets that try to look out for him. But it's what happens after he dies that's important. That's when the adventure happens. That's where Magnus' story really begins....

Full of the hair-raising action that we have come to expect from Rick Riordan books, this one also has some incredibly witty moments e.g. "A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard." Readers of his previous series will love it, as well as new-comers to the fantasy adventure genre. Due to the nature of some of the battles, we recommend a reading age of 10+.

 

Blood of Olympus Competition

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Do you love Rick Riordan? Would you (or someone you know)  absolutely die if you could get your hands of a signed copy of his latest book, Blood of Olympus?

Enter our Instagram competition and you could be a lucky winner!

All you need to do is head over to our QBD Instagram page, follow us, repost the promotional image and add the hashtag #qbdthebookshop. It is seriously that easy...so what are you waiting for?

Entries end 5pm Wednesday 19th November 2014!

For more competition info, please see our Events page.

 

Reviewsday: The Blood of Olympus

9780141339252It's the final showdown....

Percy, Annabeth, Nico, Jason and all the gang are back in the fifth and final book of the Heroes of Olympus series: The Blood of Olympus. Get ready for epic adventure, witty banter, giants, gods and romance in this action-packed thrill ride! You will laugh, you will cry, you may even be heart-broken. (I kept a box of tissues handy)

The seven demigods of the prophecy—Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Leo, Piper, Hazel, and Frank—head off on their final adventure to defeat Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, or it is Game Over- Gaea wins!. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. And the best news is...someone is going to die. Eek!

Meanwhile, the demigods are having frequent visions of a battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter is closing in and time is running out. Will Riana, Nico and Coach Hedge save the day?

You'll have to read the book to find out!