Thursday, February 3, 2011

Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Published: 2005
Publisher: Miramax 
Pages: 375
Challenge: Off the Shelf!, 100+ Reading Challenge
Other: First book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. There are five books in there series, which are all published. 
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. 

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

This is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I've had more than one recommendation to read this book, because I love Harry Potter so much. I was hesitant for a year or two, but I finally gave in and bought the boxed set with The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse a little while back. I've read The Lightning Thief and all I can say is: I loved it!

The Lightning Thief introduces Percy Jackson and his best friend, Grover. We meet them on a school trip to  the Metropolitan Museum of Art and we see some strange things happening. Who said that the Greek Gods and the mythological creatures are legends, couldn't be more wrong. The Lightning Thief is full of Greek Mythology and even though it may sound boring, it's the opposite! I love the fact that the story is based on the Gods, Titans and everything around it. I've never been into history and everything that related to this, but I loved reading (and learning!) about it.

Percy is sent on a quest to find Zeus' masterbolt and return it to his rightful owner. This isn't without danger and Percy and his friends go from one adventure into the other.

If you loved Harry Potter, I think it's safe to say that you'll like Percy Jackson as well. I loved the storytelling, the characters and the mythology the whole story leans on.

My overall rating:

Because it was a marvelous read and I absolutely devoured the book. I can't wait to start reading The Sea of Monsters! Well done, Rick Riordan, for writing such a great story. 


  1. I loved this series, so much fun! I've read the Lightning Thief graphic novel and it just isn't as good as the original book.

    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

  2. It isn't? That's good to know, I've been meaning to try out some graphic novels and the Percy Jackson graphic novel was kinda high up on my list.. so Thanks :)


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