Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief
By: Rick Riordan
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Adventure
Pages: 375
Release Date: June 28th, 2005
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


This book never gets old. I dove into these pages for a second time to finish off my read around the country challenge. It was still as entertaining as it was the first time I read the book.

The Greek lore is spot on. Riordan has definitely done his research there. I've dipped my toes into Greek gods and the way the tails are woven together is an intricate maze of stories and Riordan has used them well.

The characters are also great. Heroic at the right time, but still children who are scared and unsure. Its a fine balance and the author really walks that line well.

I love this book and I will definitely read it again some day.


  1. This is such a wonderful. So far, I've loved everything Rick Riordan has written and I'm rather excited that he has something in the works dealing with Irish/Celtic mythology

    1. I love Celtic mythology and the way Rick Riordan can weave a tale. They are bound to be amazing. I can't wait!