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The Battle of the Labyrinth is an American fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology written by Rick Riordan. It is the fourth novel in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The novel was first published in the United States on May 6, 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide. It has been published in hardcover, audiobook, ebook, and large-print editions. To date, The Battle of the Labyrinth has been translated into 29 languages from its original English.

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The book follows the adventures of modern-day fifteen-year-old demigod Percy Jackson, the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood, Rachel Dare and Tyson attempt to stop Luke Castellan and his army from invading Camp Half-Blood through Daedalus’s labyrinth by trying to prevent the Ariadne’s string from falling into his hands.

The Battle of the Labyrinth received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising the storyline, humor and action present in the novel. The novel was on the Amazon Children’s bestseller list and Publishers Weekly Facts and Figures bestseller list. It was also the runner-up for the 2010 Indian Paintbrush Book Award.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1: I BATTLE THE CHEERLEADING SQUAD

CHAPTER 2: THE UNDERWORLD SENDS ME A PRANK CALL

CHAPTER 3: WE PLAY TAG WITH SCORPIONS

CHAPTER 4: ANNABETH BREAKS THE RULES

CHAPTER 5: NICO BUYS HAPPY MEALS FOR THE DEAD

CHAPTER 6: WE MEET THE GOD WITH TWO FACES

CHAPTER 7: TYSON LEADS A JAILBREAK

CHAPTER 8: WE VISIT THE DEMON DUDE RANCH

CHAPTER 9: I SCOOP POOP

CHAPTER 10: WE PLAY THE GAME SHOW OF DEATH

CHAPTER 11: I SET MYSELF ON FIRE

CHAPTER 12: I TAKE A PERMANENT VACATION

CHAPTER 13: WE HIRE A NEW GUIDE

CHAPTER 14: MY BROTHER DUELS ME TO THE DEATH

CHAPTER 15: WE STEAL SOME SLIGHTLY USED WINGS

CHAPTER 16: I OPEN A COFFIN

CHAPTER 17: THE LOST GOD SPEAKS

CHAPTER 18: GROVER CAUSES A STAMPEDE

CHAPTER 19: THE COUNCIL GETS CLOVEN

CHAPTER 20: MY BIRTHDAY PARTY TAKES A DARK TURN

Summary

The book opens with Percy Jackson attending freshman orientation at Goode High School, where he sees Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a clear-sighted mortal who helps him fight two empousai and escape. Percy travels to Camp Half-Blood, where he learns Grover is in trouble with the Council of Cloven Elders for not having found Pan. During a competition organized by the new sword instructor Quintus, Annabeth and Percy accidentally find an entrance into the Labyrinth, which presents a possible invasion route for Luke. Annabeth is given leadership of a quest to find Daedalus and convince the inventor not to give Luke Ariadne’s string. She chooses Grover, Percy, and Tyson to accompany her. Before leaving, Percy learns that Nico plans to bring back his late sister (with help from King Minos) by exchanging her soul for someone who has cheated death – like Percy. In the maze, the questers face a number of trials including meeting Briares, the Sphinx, and Janus, before arriving at the ranch of Geryon and meet Nico. They seek out Hephaestus, after which they part ways: Tyson and Grover search for Pan; Annabeth and Percy go to the god’s forge in Mount St. Helens.

In the volcano, Percy is almost killed by Kronos’s smiths, but escapes by causing an earthquake that ejects him from the volcano. When Percy next awakens, he finds himself on the island of Ogygia with Calypso, a daughter of the Titan Atlas. Calypso tells Percy she is cursed to fall in love with every hero that lands on her island but can never stay. After Hephaestus tells him of events in the mortal world, Percy realizes that he too must leave. Back at Camp Half-Blood, Percy and Annabeth go to Manhattan to find Rachel, who should be able to navigate the Labyrinth. Despite being captured by Luke’s minions, they eventually reach Daedalus’s workshop and learn Quintus is actually the ancient inventor, living as an automaton. He informs them that, believing they could never withstand a Titan assault, he has already helped Luke. They are suddenly discovered by Luke (a captive Nico in tow), who tells them Minos has been planning to exchange Daedalus’s soul for his own (not Percy’s for Bianca’s). The four teenagers fight to escape while the betrayed Daedalus remains in the maze with his hellhound.

The quartet later discover the Titan fortress at Mount Othrys, where they learn that Luke has been somehow possessed by Kronos. They run into Grover and Tyson, and discover the resting place of Pan, who speaks to them and passes part of his fading spirit into each. The group, minus Rachel, then heads back to Camp Half-Blood to fight. The Titan army floods out of the Labyrinth and appears to be winning until Daedalus arrives with Mrs. O’Leary and Briares, who kills Kampê. Grover scares off the remaining Titan forces by causing a Panic. After the battle, Nico helps Daedalus to pass on and thus destroy the Labyrinth. After a memorial service for the dead campers, Percy leaves camp for the school year. On his fifteenth birthday at the summer’s end, Percy receives a visit from his father Poseidon, who gives him a sand dollar, admonishing him to “spend it wisely”. Nico later appears to tell Percy his plan to defeat Luke once and for all.

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