Out now from Disney Hyperion; 268 pages
About the Author: “Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series. For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son. Today, over 190 million copies of his books are in print worldwide, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries” (Bio from author’s website).
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Percy Jackson is back in the newest installment of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, and this time, he’s trying to make it through his senior year of high school. After saving the world on multiple occasions, Percy just wants to graduate and go to New Rome University with his girlfriend, Annabeth Chase. However, he has to get letters of recommendation from Mount Olympus to be accepted. To get the first letter, he goes on a new quest to help Ganymede retrieve his missing goblet, which can grant immortality. With the help of Grover and Annabeth, Percy races against time to find the goblet and return it to Ganymedes before Zeus finds out it’s missing.
The Chalice of the Gods has all of the charm and humor that first held readers captive almost 20 years ago in The Lightning Thief. Reading this book, I felt like I was eight years old again. It was so nostalgic to read, yet it still maintained the feeling of being something new. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover were exactly like I remembered, but now they were applying for college and struggling with finals. I loved the dynamic between Percy and Annabeth and the way Percy thought about her. They are the perfect example of a wholesome, healthy relationship where both people support each other and motivate each other to be better. Percy thinks the world of Annabeth, and this pushes him to try and do well in school and get into college. Both of them know when to help and when to let the other fight their own battles. I loved getting to see more of their relationship dynamic in this book because I think they are a great couple for young readers to look up to. Riordan perfectly recaptured the magic of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, and no fan will be disappointed with this trip down memory lane!
Sam Yanis, Pine Reads Review Writer