The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1)
The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1 Author:Rick Riordan Dear Mortal Reader: — I have sworn upon the River Styx that the events in this book are purely fictional. — There is no such twelve-year-old boy as Perseus "Percy" Jackson. The Greek gods are nothing more than old myths. They certainly never have children with mortals in the twenty-first century, nor is there any such place as Camp Half-... more »Blood, a summer camp for demigods on eastern Long Island where I train young heroes to survive against their monstrous enemies. Percy never met a satyr or a daughter of Athena. They most emphatically did not embark upon a quest together across the United States to reach the gate of the Underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Having said this, I must warn you to think carefully before starting this book. If you feel anything stirring within you as you read -- if you begin to suspect that this story may be describing something about your own life -- STOP READING IMMEDIATELY. I cannot be held responsible for the consequences.
May the gods of Olympus (who of course do not exist) watch over you.
How could Harry Potter be better? Forget that wizard nonsense, let's have a series about how Greek mythology is real! There are kids who have one parent who is a Greek god, and they all need special training to defend themselves against the mythological monsters. Almost every child I've recommended this to has come right back for the sequel. As an adult reader who likes some children's fantasy writing but not all, I think this and the Peter and the Starcatcher books are the best I've come across in the last few years.
Love it! I cannot say enough about this series! It is witty, exciting, and makes you look back into your mythology books to make sure you "got it" all. This first book starts the series off strong, and it only gets better as each book comes out!
A great start to a new children series bringing greek mythology to life and to modern times. My 12 yo daughter read it first and then got my younger daughter and I to read it as well. A great read for the whole family!
Surprisingly pleasing. For those that enjoy Harry Potter, this intro to the series downplays the anglo-classroom atmosphere, but compensates with more adventure and a fun modern twist on Greek mythology.