Published by Disney/Hyperion
Date Published: May 7, 2007
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.Book Three. Out of the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, this is one of my very favorite books.
Maybe it’s because Annabeth goes missing 26 pages in and Percy defies everyone to go after her.
Or maybe it’s because it introduces my second favorite male character in the series, Nico di Angelo.
Or maybe it’s because this book has Artemis’ hunters in it and Artemis was always my favorite goddess.
Or maybe it’s because Zoe Nightshade talks in old-speak.
Or maybe it’s because I love when books start with prophecies and they don’t come together until the very end and yet you never saw it coming.
But it’s probably because this book start-to-finish, top-to-bottom was pure awesome.
When I first read it (what seems like forever ago now) I remember thinking it was starting off in a direction I didn't really like. Hey, I guess I like Annabeth and the fact Percy was the only one who seemed to care she was missing, irked me. However, Rick pulled it off astoundingly. There were layers of plot twists and everything, EVERYTHING kept me gripped until the very last page. And even then, another cliffhanger guys! Be warned.
I feel like this is the first book of the series that actually gets into Heavier Issues. Percy has hit 14 and is officially leaving childhood behind to become a bad ass teenager. The story gets a bit darker and turning it into a powerful book. Not gonna lie, I teared up at the end.
Don’t even give me that look you’re giving me.
It also perfectly sets up everything for the rest of the series overall. It is the perfect hump book. Again, with that look you’re giving me. You know what I mean.
That being said, I need to mention Nico. I hate getting so “writerly” in my everyday life, but Nico’s character arc is kind of a thing of beauty. In this book you see him as a young, cute, kinda nerdy little kid who is just the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen. By the end of the book (no spoiling) you begin to see the true torn nature of Nico and as a lover of broken boys, I eat that up.
Can I just mention my VERY FAVORITE PART? It’s in the end(ish) and not very spoilery, but those of you who have read it, will know and those of you who haven’t, will be confused.
That whole part where Percy does something very stressful and ends up with hair in a different shade... yeah. Kids, that had me jumping up and down on my bed like a freaking 8-year-old with its awesomeness. Especially who he shared that hair color with. Oh my gods. Rick. Coolest. Thing. Ever. It's small, but the details count.