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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Customer Reviews:

  • A wonderful "conclusion"
    What can I say, Rick Riordan has yet to disappoint. This last book was an excellent read and just as entertaining and clever as the previous books of the series. While Riordan definitely leaves the opportunity at the end to continue this story in some way (new and/or old characters being the focus) I feel that everything he had left hanging throughout the series was definitely concluded in some reasonable way as to satisfy even the most dedicated fans. I highly recommend this book (and the entire series) to anyone who enjoys fantasy, is into Greek mythology, or just needs a good laugh. Excellent work, Riordan!!...more info
  • A Must-Read for Everyone!
    Let's just admit it from the start: Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the perfect book series for both kids and adults. It's perfect for kids because it's full of things children love to read about- mystery, adventure, really bad villains, humor, and of course, a likeable hero for a main character. It's perfect for adults because, even though it meshes Greek myths together, it gets kids interested in hearing the real story, making them really learn something. Which makes their parents very happy. Plus, the parents can pretend to "just be reading it to my kid," while enjoying it as much as their son or daughter does! As a teenage girl, I've seen this happen with my parents. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. But back on the subject--the book itself.

    Firstly, there are major spoilers coming. So unless you want to know the entire plot of the book, uhh, please don't read the rest of this. Don't say I didn't warn you!

    The book, naturally enough, begins with a bang- in this case, whatever sort of a bang Blackjack's hooves make when they land on Percy's stepdad's new car. Percy barely has time to wave good-bye to one of my favorite side characters, Rachel, before he's whisked off with Blackjack and Beckendorf (Hephaestus's son and one of the lodestones of Camp Half-Blood) on a mission to destroy the Princess Andromeda. Luckily, their mission is successful: the demon cruise ship is no more. Unluckily, they have to pay a price for their victory. Only around thirty pages into the book comes the first death of a well-known character. And he's not the only one to die. Poor Beckendorf--he doesn't get to see the happy ending!

    Percy returns to Camp Half-Blood, where he breaks the sad news about his fellow camper's demise. Everyone, not unnaturally, is pretty upset--especially Beckendorf's girlfriend, Silena Beauregard. However, with no time to waste, Chiron and Annabeth manage to show Percy the infamous prophecy in the fourth chapter of the book. I must admit--it was a little dissapointing to have it unveiled so soon. I'm a great fan of drama. But what a prophecy it turns out to be! And what a reaction it gets out of Percy! "I don't want to have my soul reaped!!" Priceless! However, it's not all fun and games--the prophecy hints that Percy will die shortly after he turns 16. Which is is 5 days. Not exactly an optimistic beginning...

    Percy ends up in the woods, where he runs into both Mrs. O'Leary the friendly hellhound and Nico Di Angelo, another of my favorite supporting characters. Nico takes Percy on an incredibly dangerous journey involving Luke's dysfunctional family, Nico's not-much-better family, and the underworld itself. To make about 50 pages short, Percy goes through the same thing that Achilles went through and that Luke went through in order to be able to host Kronos. He's virtually invincible except for one spot on his body-- his own personal Achilles' heel, if you will.

    Soon enough, though, Percy finds himself back in New York City, defending his home turf from an enormous monster attack with only about 40 half-bloods. Although reinforcements keep arriving, many deaths of beloved characters occur, with only brief pauses in the action to mourn them. The knowledge of a spy among the campers keeps the suspicion surging forward until a shocking truth is revealed, and a side plot involving Luke's mom, the Oracle mummy, Hades, and Rachel will keep readers guessing what Rachel's true place is. But although the giant, flying pigs and huge drakons are exciting, possibly the most gripping scene in the entire book takes place with just Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Kronos. On Mount Olympus. In the gods' throne room, to be precise.

    Just as it was predicted many years ago, Percy makes the choice that will save Olympus--with an extremely unexpected twist added. Yes, the prophecy comes true...but the hero who dies is not Percy. And the reason why he doesn't die is thanks to none other than the almost-forgotten Annabeth. I don't want to give this part away, because it's possibly the most important and touching scene in the entire series. But I have to say--it almost made me cry.

    Yes, Percy Jackson saved Olympus. And yes, the ending was perfect. Everything was neatly sewn up; everyone was happy; everything turned out great. But. There's a new prophecy on the loose. And I have more than just a feeling that another Camp Half-Blood series is in the works. Most of the time, I hate it when an author just keeps writing books for money. But since I believe that this series has only gotten better with time? Well, bring it on, Rick Riordan!!...more info
  • Wonderful book
    This book was great. Great plot, great characters, great everyting. The way Rick wrote the book was perfect. It couldn't have been better. It was the kind of book where its about midnight and your telling yourself to put the book down, but you are so intrigued about what is going to happen next that you cant. The only bad thing about this book is that it was the last in the series. 5 stars and a wonderful book. Read it!...more info
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
    The Last Olympian
    Rick Riordan
    This book is about Percy Jackson, a kid who is half Greek god, half human. His father, Poseidon, had an affair with a human, Sally Jackson. In the first book of the series, Percy learns that the Greek gods are real, not mythological. From then on, Percy fights monsters such as the Cyclops, Cerberus, the Neamean Lion, the Sphinx, the Hydra, and many more. Now in the fifth book of the series, an evil titan lord named Kronos, who happens to be Percy's Grandfather, tries to take over Mount Olympus. Percy, and his friends who to go to a special camp for kids of the Greek gods with him, must try to stop Kronos from not only taking over Mount Olympus, but taking over the world.
    If you like fast paced and funny books, this book is for you. You don't really need to know that much about the Greek Gods to read this, although you will not get some of the jokes. This book manages to be funny in a grim situation, and very exciting. Rick Riordan has made a great final sequel to a five-part series.
    This book is a wonderful read. I was absorbed in it by the second page. It is perfect for kids and adults alike because the comedy and the mythology are great for everyone. The Last Olympian is perfect for anyone who loves mythology, humor, excitement, or all, like me.
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  • my son loved it
    My 10 year old son was waiting for this to come out and has
    reread it twice already!...more info
  • he did it again
    Percy visits Luke's mom who has gone crazy. When he leaves the goddess Hestia shows up and talks to Percy and Nico. Hestia sends Nico and Percy back to Percy's house where Percy talks to his mom about starting off Nico's way to beat Luke and become invincible (sort of). To do what Nico has in mind the first part to becoming invincible is to ask your mother for her blessing. After that Percy and nico take a visit to the underworld where Percy is put in jail by Hades. Nico and Percy make a daring escape and Percy takes a swim in the river Styx and takes on the curse of Achilles. Then Hades finds out where Percy and Nico are and he attacks them with a legion of zombies which Percy schools and then he schools Hades and Hades just manages to get away.
    Rick Riordan pulls it off again! This book takes you on a rollercoaster of adventure. New monsters, new titans, and new dates. Kronos reveals he has a spy in the camp carrying a silver necklace with a scythe on it. Who is the prophecy about? Percy, Nico, or maybe it's someone else not a child of the big three. Why is Luke's mom so crazy? Why is Demeter so obsessed with cereal? Who the heck is Hestia? Why shouldn't Amazon post this review? Almost all these questions are answered.
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  • A book worthy of the gods themselves.
    One of the bestbooks I've ever read,it was fantastic,you just couldn,t put the book now....more info
  • the last olympian
    the best book of the series. fast paced and action packed. everything comes together beautifully at the end....more info
  • The Final Book
    I recently read a very good book, entitled The Last Olympian. It was by Rick Riordan, an interesting and exciting author who lives in Texas. I have had the good luck to meet him in person. He is a very kind and benign soul who would help anybody. Anyway, The Last Olympian is the fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series. In the book, Percy Jackson, a son of Poseidon and the main character, tries to stop the evil titan Kronos from killing the Greek Gods and destroying Olympus, the gods home. He has friends and enemies that help and hinder him along the way. His friends include Annebeth, his best friend and sometimes girlfriend. Then there's Grover, a satyr or half-goat half-human. Another friend is Thalia, daughter of Zeus and lieutenant of the Hunters of Artemis. There's also Beckendorf, son of Hestaphaus, Tyson, his half-brother, and Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a mortal who can see through the Mist. The Mist is a magical thing that stops mortals from seeing unusual things such as a Minotaur or other monsters.

    The list of Percy's enemies is long and unusual. It includes monsters such as the Minotaur, and demigods such as Luke. Luke is a son of Hermes who tries to kill Percy multiple times because Luke has sworn to serve Kronos. In the book, the forces of Kronos try to take over New York City, because Olympus is right over the Empire State Building. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mythical action and adventure. However, I would recommend that you read the other four books first. While you could read this one first and then the rest, it would ruin the ending and take away a lot of the suspense and mystery, which is makes up a lot of the other books. I really hope that you read this book, and that you enjoy it like I did.
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  • the violent book
    I did not really like this book because it was a bit to turbulent. I like things that are a bit more serene, not a book whose every page, someone is wageing a war. I loved all the Percy Jackson books excepting this one. In my opion the author was a bit lackadaisical to show off his writing skills. The part where Hades tricked Nico was clever, but the awe quickly wore off.
    By Margaret Brown...more info
  • Awesome
    This book was awesome. Rick kept to the series and I really connected with the characters. I enjoyed reading it and it was definitely a page turner. I read it in two days. ...more info
  • A Good End to a Great Series
    I've read this series since it first came out. It generated the same buzz as the Harry Potter series, and in some ways it was better. Certainly it has a coherent mythology, is believable and is well written. This last book truly brings the series to a well rounded end, but we lose a lot of characters. This is not a good series for an eight or nine year old. There is too much loss and some scary images. This is an ideal series for the teen and adult. I would strongly recommend the series....more info
  • awsom book
    Percy Jackson has had a hard life in his 4 books fallowing this one. But it is going to get a whole lot harder. As soon as I herd this book was coming out I ran out and bought it. I finished it in a week I couldn't put it down. In this
    Final epic tale of Percy and his friends Grover, Annabeth, and the return of Thila they fight heroically to save Olympus and some surprising allies show up on the way. Percy alone has the power to save the world. Will he make the right choice? I loved this book so much I wish I didn't finish it. Not only for the action but for the twists and turns. Plus, its not bad for a history lesson.
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  • excellent finish to a terrific series
    Percy Jackson is a lot like most kids -- he has a hard time at school, he misses his friends and he's torn between two different girls -- oh, and he's also the son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. Being a demigod, Percy has had a series of breathtaking adventures in the series' previous four instalments, and now it's time for the Big Battle.

    While mortals think there's a violent storm system creeping across the Midwest, *we* know that it's really the gods battling Typhon, one of the Titans who has risen up to reclaim his place at the top of the god food chain. But if all the gods are battling Typhon, who's watching out for Olympus (based in the Empire State Building)?! It's Percy and his fellow demigods, youngsters who have experience and passion -- but will that be enough?

    Written as a first person narrative, this exciting book teaches a lot about the classical gods without tasting like medicine. The action and humor are ever present, and the characters are a treat. While there is betrayal and adversity and violence, there is no gore or cruelty. I loved the whole series and was really happy with this finish, which offered a plausible solution to the series' loose threads and led to a satisfying conclusion for our heroes.

    Well done and highly recommended....more info
  • Awesome
    This book was awesome. Rick kept to the series and I really connected with the characters. I enjoyed reading it and it was definitely a page turner. I read it in two days. ...more info
  • another winner for Rick Riordan
    Our 8th grade English class chose "The Lightening Thief" at the beginning of the '08-'09 school year to read together. After we finished many of the students went on to read the entire series. I pre-ordered "The Last Olympian" from Amazon and had the first copy at school. Four students have already read this copy and declared it the best of the series - a big "thumbs up"! It will be the first book on my summer vacation book list to read. I can't wait!!...more info
  • So sad to see it end.
    Rick Riordan's final book in the Percy Jackson series does not disappoint. The Last Olympian is a tour de force of battles, intrigue, love and ???

    Don't worry, no spoilers here.

    As he has done in his other books in the series, Mr. Riordan combines his knowledge of Greek mythology with a fine understanding of young people to create a book that will draw you in, hold your attention to the last and leave you begging for more.

    Percy again battles the forces of the ancient Lord Kronos along with his friends from past adventures. For a time, enemies become allies; and, just like in any "mortal" family, everyone must work together to bring the story to its satisfying conclusion.

    Boy-oneder's favorite character is Tyson. Sonshine's favorite is Mrs. O'Leary. As always, I am drawn to Annabeth. However, all of the characters are so well drawn as to seem real in the moment. Riordan's writing makes them jump off the page straight into our imaginations. He made me laugh out loud. He made us cheer. And the best part is: There's more to come!

    Go buy this book. Buy lots of them and give them to every kid you know. That recommendation that says this is for ages 10 and up ... phooey. Give them to everyone. Read them with your kids. Give them to libraries. Read them with other peoples' kids. ENJOY!...more info
  • Great!!!
    I purchased this book for my 12-year-old son and he finished reading it within 2 days. He can't wait for a sequel. Finally something that made him want to read....more info
  • Rick Riordan deserves at least Elysium.
    I had it on reserve at the bookstore. And then I got the e-mail that it was there, waiting for me to come and get it and read it. I rushed over and grabbed my copy of THE LAST OLYMPIAN, the final book in the PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series, and that night I went home and devoured the thing. I went into it thinking, "Okay, I know this is the last one, and Rick Riordan has been amazing with his plot twists and characters, how can this one really live up to everything and just blast it all out of the water? Maybe he'll have lost his touch after five books." And then, as I was reading, I was not disappointed. Riordan delivered. And he delivered good. THE LAST OLYMPIAN was a blasting ride into one of the most inventive uses of Greek mythology ever.

    The story picks up right where THE BATTLE FOR THE LABYRINTH stopped, and I must say, you've got to read the first four books before you come to this. I would even say you need to read the short story about Percy Jackson and Hades in THE DEMIGOD FILES to really get the full picture of everything. All that said, this, the fifth book jumps right in and gets going. The world is at the edge of its civilization. Kronos has mobilized his plans and his forces, and now everything is going to come down to a battle to the finish to see whether the Great Prophecy about Percy Jackson is fulfilled: Will he save Mount Olympus? Or will he end up helping it be destroyed? Either way, Percy Jackson is dead.

    This had to be the most action-packed book in the series. The whole thing was an amazingly huge battle with all different kinds of monsters, demigods, titans, and gods fighting it out over Olympus. Riordan is at his top form here -- he always excels at action scenes, and things run along so smoothly here, it's hard to keep up sometimes. I kept flipping pages so fast I didn't even check the page count (as I usually do). The plot twists kept coming, and I kept finding myself gasping out loud at each new turn. And, my ultimate test for any book: I got goosebumps twice during THE LAST OLYMPIAN.

    And Riordan doesn't leave off on characterization. Percy Jackson still has ways to grow -- and the themes that Riordan pulls out are amazing. All of his characters grow in different ways this book, and you finally find out the mysteries surrounding so many of them: Luke, Percy, Annabeth, Thalia, Nico, and even Rachel Elizabeth Dare.

    The one thing I am glad to say is that even though these books have ended, at the very end of the book, in the Acknowledgments, Riordan says, "As the first Camp Half-Blood series draws to a close..." which makes me believe that there will be more to come from Riordan based on this world he's created and revamped.

    All in all, there couldn't be a better series of books to spend time on. (It rivals Harry for sure... I might even like Percy Jackson better...) Don't miss out. Read these books. You won't be sorry. And if you are... well... there are special places in the Underworld for you....more info
  • excellent finish to a terrific series
    Percy Jackson is a lot like most kids -- he has a hard time at school, he misses his friends and he's torn between two different girls -- oh, and he's also the son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. Being a demigod, Percy has had a series of breathtaking adventures in the series' previous four instalments, and now it's time for the Big Battle.

    While mortals think there's a violent storm system creeping across the Midwest, *we* know that it's really the gods battling Typhon, one of the Titans who has risen up to reclaim his place at the top of the god food chain. But if all the gods are battling Typhon, who's watching out for Olympus (based in the Empire State Building)?! It's Percy and his fellow demigods, youngsters who have experience and passion -- but will that be enough?

    Written as a first person narrative, this exciting book teaches a lot about the classical gods without tasting like medicine. The action and humor are ever present, and the characters are a treat. While there is betrayal and adversity and violence, there is no gore or cruelty. I loved the whole series and was really happy with this finish, which offered a plausible solution to the series' loose threads and led to a satisfying conclusion for our heroes.

    Well done and highly recommended....more info
  • i love this book
    the last olympian is probably the best in the series. hestia says that she is the last olympian but i do not know why the book is called that. awesome book. i am going to read it over and over and over again. do not read any more if you have not read the book because i reveal spoilers. i am very surprised about silena being the spy.also in the end of the prophecy in the first book it says that he will fail to save what mattered most in the end but i read the whole series and could not find what the oracle meant. this is one of my favorite books that i have ever ever ever read and that i ever will read in my whole life. you must read this book. ...more info
  • awesome!
    this book pretty much rocked ! it was a lot more intense than the other books. intense action, and even a little love tiangles going on. it sums up the series pretty well and answers all the questions and stuff. you also learn a lot about luke's and nico's families. my only tiny complaint is that it could have described the planning of the battles a little more.(there are lots of battle sequences!) but all in all it was amzingly awesome!...more info