Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan Review

Hello Readers,

We are continuing my love for the Percy Jackson series today by reviewing book two.  I love Sea of Monsters and it is the book that made me fall in love with the character more, I don’t mean any shade to the first book, but I think everyone develop more in this book.

"You shall sail the iron ship with warriors of bone,
You shall find what you seek and make it your own,
But despair for your life entombed within stone,
And fail without friends, to fly home alone!"

Camp half-blood is in trouble the magical boundary that protects Camp Half-Blood is weakening and deadly monsters are breaching the boarder. The boundary isn’t jutting a boundary the boundary was technically a gift from Zeus. When Thailia’s daughter of Zeus was mortally wounded Zeus transformed his daughter into a pine tree on Half-Blood Hill to stop her from dying and the boundary was created to protect the camp.

Thalia's Pine Tree has been poisoned and the magical borders around camp are failing the camps only choice is to send a hero on a quest to find the Golden Fleece. The Fleece is located in the Sea of Monsters aka the Bermuda Triangle (Side eye). You would think that a child of Poseidon would be the automatic choice for such a quest, but Tantalus and Dionysus chose Clarisse La Rue… a child of Ares.  

Percy wants to go on the quest for the Fleece as he has been having dreams about his friend Grover the satyr, who has been captured by a Cyclops that just happens to be living on an island in the Sea of Monsters. Clarisse doesn’t pick Percy or Annabeth and instead they go on a sperate quest that is given to them by the God Hermes.

In this book we get to see how messy it is being part of the Greek pantheon family. In this book we learn how easy it was for Luke to give his allegiance to Kronos as the Gods treat their children terribly. It’s heart breaking seeing how Hermes tried to reach Luke indirectly through Percy to get him to turn back to the light. We got to see more of Luke's childhood and understand how he feels the way he does and the reasoning behind his choices. Seeing this different side to the Greek Gods' family was a refreshing.

Clarisse La Rue existence annoys me during the first book she nothing but a bully and is just there in the way. However, in Sea of Monsters she becomes a better fleshed out character and you understand her more. This is also the same for our golden trio of Percy, Grover, and Annabeth. In this book we are introduced to another one of my favourite characters Tyson who is Percy's half-brother and a cyclops. Tyson is such a pure being and I am all for helping a team protect him from everything.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read the Lighting thief too many times or watched the movies too many time but for me the story picks up better in book two. That doesn’t mean I hate the first book I just like it a little less. The plot wasn't as predictable as the first book and we get introduced to more Gods, new creatures from myths and multiple new characters. This book is also slightly more hectic than the first, but I think that might be due to the story being more of an epic adventure.

Join me tomorrow for my review of The Titans Curse

From Greek Myths

  • Polyphemus 
  • Tantalus
  • Laistrygonian Giants
  • Colchis Bulls
  • Stymphalian Birds
  • Charybdis and Scylla
  • Circe
  • Scythian Dracaena
  • Agrius and Oreius
  • Sirens
  • Hydra

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