Life made the read aloud of this one a bit herky-jerky, but Riordan clearly has a knack. The stories are exciting, tense even. It helps that Riordan is not afraid to have characters die. The characters develop. His mythology is sound and his creativity seems to be endless. There’s a little more of a self-conscious cliff-hanger this time, but he has probably earned it by now.

On to #4, The Battle of the Labyrinth!