Riordan, Rick. The Titan's Curse. New York: Hyperion, 2007.
As with many other series of young adult books, Riordan's Percy Jackson books grow darker as Percy and his friends grow older. The Titan's Curse is at once ominous and (like the previous two books in the series) very fast-paced. Building upon the ambitious premises set forth in The Lightning Thief (Book One), The Titan's Curse sends Percy and his friends ever further into the midst of an apparently ominous plot arc. A few plot twists keep readers on their toes, and information from the earlier books of the series is conveyed in ways that are not too repetitious. Characterisations explored in Book Two (The Sea of Monsters) are carefully expanded with the addition of two new characters whose stories, subsequently interwoven into the existing narratives, serve to raise expectations for the final volume most magnificently. This book is thrilling and exciting, and my only hesitation strives from a slight fear that Riordan may not be able to tie up all the wonderful strands of narrative with only two more books. However, I've not been disappointed by any of his books thus far, and each book thus far serves only to improve upon the previous. Well done, Mr. Riordan!