Author(s): Rick Riordan
Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea. 'It's Buffymeets Artemis Fowl. Thumbs up.' Sunday Times Rick Riordan is the Mythmaster. The Greek Gods are alive and kicking - go to www.rickriordanmythmaster.co.uk and see for yourself.
I needed a palate cleanser after a few heavy books, and I've been meaning to read Percy Jackson for ages. I was not disappointed. After Percy is expelled from yet another boarding school, he ends up at Camp Half-Blood where is learns he is the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea. As a Hero, he is invited to go on a quest; to recover Zeus' stolen lightning bolt, presumed to be in the Underworld, home to the god Hades. With fellow demigod Annabeth and Grover the satyr, he travels across the US to Los Angeles (the gateway to hell), battling Chimera, Medusa and other mythical monsters. While in the Underworld, the friends learn that Hades' Helm of Darkness is also missing and realise that a dark force is attempting to start a war between the gods. While Percy Jackson is aimed at 8-12 year olds, I thoroughly enjoyed the fast-paced and intelligent writing style, and loved the mythological aspects. - Lucy
It's Buffy meets Artemis Fowl. Thumbs up Sunday Times
Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006.