The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
More excitement at the Percy Jackson series midpoint.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 75 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Infuses Greek myths and characters in the plot.

Positive Messages

Throughout the series are lessons in friendship and loyalty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Percy is loyal, kind, and determined to help his friends, even when they're not always nice to him.


Some fantasy fighting, a semi-major character is killed by a dragon, another evil character falls off a cliff and appears to be dead, teens are threatened and attacked by monsters.


A lot of play with almost swearing about a dam they visit: eg. "Where was the dam snack bar?"


Car, snack, soft drink, department store, electronics brands. Band names: White Stripes, Led Zeppelin.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A mention of adults drinking wine. A reference to drinking and drunk driving.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's some violence here, though mild compared to many fantasies aimed at this age group: teens are threatened and attacked by monsters, one character dies, and another appears to. There's some wordplay with the word "dam."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 4, 6, and 8-year-old Written byjennwhitmer October 14, 2010
I enjoyed the story, and it's action packed. The biggest problem is with the way the demigods were conceived. There is a lot of talk about the gods sleepin... Continue reading
Adult Written byreasonable mom August 14, 2011

read first

this series is very dark and violent. no question. there is also a lot of swearing, even if it is alternative swear words. I would proceed with caution. Kno... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2019

I actually died

I cried, a lot, heart-crushing plot, amazing detail, the plot was amazing, we also meet Nico di Angelo, death, death, and guess what? More death if you want you... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2014

My Favorite Percy Jackson Book

I thought this book was great. I thought that there wasn't that much violence and the part when they were at the hoover dam wasn't bad it was funny. I... Continue reading

What's the story?

When his friend Annabeth and the goddess Artemis both disappear just before the winter solstice, and when Artemis must be on Mt. Olympus to convince the gods to prepare for a war with the titans, Percy, his friends, and two of Artemis' followers set out to rescue them, led by a prophecy and Percy's dreams. But Kronos is preparing an elaborate trap for them, and Luke has been gathering an ever larger army.

Is it any good?

Rick Riordan shows how formula fiction should be done. Each novel in the series so far follows the same basic path: Percy goes on a quest that usually involves both rescuing someone close to him and at the same time accomplishing some task for the gods. All of these stories are part of an overarching story arc that involves the reawakening of the evil titan Kronos and a coming second apocalyptic battle between the gods and titans, presumably in book 5.

This kind of predictability is appealing to middle-grade readers, who like the comfort factor. So it is up to the author to keep it interesting and fresh. This Riordan does with a now practically trademarked blend of action that seems more violent than it is, witty humor that doesn't pander, and a wealth of hilarious modern takes on classical myths, all told by an appealingly loyal and self-deprecating hero. So far the author has been predictable in one other way as well -- the fun and the quality are both consistently high.

From the Book:
The driver got out, smiling. He looked about seventeen or eighteen, and for a second I had the uneasy feeling it was Luke, my old enemy. This guy had the same sandy hair and outdoorsy good looks. But it wasn't Luke. This guy was taller, with no scar on his face like Luke's. His smile was brighter and more playful (Luke didn't do much more than scowl and sneer these days). The Maserati driver wore jeans and loafers and a sleeveless T-shirt.

"Wow," Thalia muttered. "Apollo is hot."

"He's the sun god," I said.

"That's not what I meant."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Artemis and her followers. Why do you think they were so opposed to men? What do they tell you about the culture from which they come?

  • How do they fit into the modern culture of the book? Why would girls choose to join her followers?

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