The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 375 Pages
Genre: Speculative Fiction - Fantasy
Overall Rating:

Synopsis (from the book cover):
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 is dyslexic, he has ADHD and he recently gets kicked out of the Yancy Academy because no one believes that he is “manageable”. He is our unlikely hero – Percy Jackson. Following the events that lead to his expelled, Percy found out that he is not a mere mortal but a “demigod”, which is a term used to describe a half god, half human and for his own safety, he has no other choice other than to attend Camp Half-Blood. 

Here, he discovered the truth about his former Latin teacher, Mr. Gunner as well as his best friend during his year at Yancy, Grover. When he found out that he was the prime suspect in the crime of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt, he was immediately sent for a quest to retrieve back the missing bolt from whomever stealing it. Both Grover, his protector and Annabeth, daughter of Athena joined him in his quest searching for the bolt and preventing a war from breaking out on Mount Olympus.

As someone who loves Greek mythology, it is not so hard for me to fall in love with this book. The way it was combined with nowadays world was so simple yet amazing all the same. The thing that compelled me most is the way it was wrapped with fast paced action from cover to cover interjected with some great, tasty humours among the main characters. These, along with its fluid, smooth and easy writing makes this book unputdownable. I thoroughly enjoyed The Lightning Thief and would recommend this book for those looking for some light and quick reading.

Favourite Quote:
Ares has strength. That's all he has. Even strength has to bow to wisdom sometimes - Annabeth, Daughter of Athena


  1. I absolutely adore this series. The Sea of Monsters is great, but a tad slower than TLF...I'm sure you'll still love it. Brilliant review! :)

  2. oh I love love love these books!

  3. I haven't read anything from this series. I have, of course, seen the movie trailer. Have you seen the movie yet, or are you planning to see it eventually?

    Une Parole

  4. Great review Shy! This is one of my favorite series of all time--and the rest of the books only get better :D

  5. Nice quote. This sounds really good. I need to read it.

  6. @Emidy: I'll certainly continue reading this whole series. Three of its sequels are already on my shelf and another is on the way.

  7. Hmm..
    I don't feel like reading this one.
    I think I'm going to watch the movie instead.
    Anyway, great review.