Riordan, Rick. The Sea of Monsters. New York: Hyperion, 2006.
Following on from The Lightning Thief is the second book in the Percy Jackson series, this one titled The Sea of Monsters. As the title might suggest, the events chronicled in this particular modern-day narrative of the gods are located on or near the sea and relate, in many cases, to battles with monsters.
With his world established, his home base efficiently described, and his principal characters set forth in the first volume of the series, Riordan is able, in this second book of his series, to spend more time on the plot, classical references, and carefully-described quests. Failure and friendship are key themes in this volume, and the story is advanced quickly and with apparent ease. This book, like its predecessor, was a delight to read.