The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

THE LIGHTNING THIEF is the 1st novel featuring Percy Jackson. Percy is a demi-god – his mother is human and his absent father is a Greek god. But in the beginning he doesn’t know this. He suffers from ADHD and dyslexia and is often bullied. He has been expelled from several boarding schools. But the things that make Percy different in the mortal world are actually symptoms of his greatness. How could someone with godly blood in their veins sit still and concentrate. How could someone whose brain is hardwired for ancient Greek possibly read English.

Monsters also roam the earth. They don’t care about the humans, their role is to kill demi-gods before they get too powerful. Without realising it, Percy has always had trouble with monsters but it is getting worse as he gets older. Finally his mother feels that she has no choice but to send Percy to camp half-blood. Here he will be protected from monsters and learn the skills that are most important to a demi-god.

At camp half-blood Percy meets a group of kids who are just like him (although there are still bullies – the children of the war god Ares). He eventually finds out who his father is. He finally makes some good friends. And after some training he is sent back into the mortal world on a quest.

Percy’s quest is to find a lightning bolt that has been stolen from Zeus. He must return it to Zeus before the summer solstice to stop world war III (which will result if Zeus goes to war with Poseidon). Zeus is blaming Poseidon for the theft while Poseidon blames Hades.

Percy travels with two companions, a daughter of Athena and a satyr (half human half goat). Along the way they have many adventures and fight off many monsters. With time running out they manage to complete their quest. They gain the respect of some gods while making enemies with others.


I love it when my children introduce me to good books. I have been amazed with their knowledge of Greek mythology and know that most of that knowledge came from this book series.

As an older reader, I found some of the story a bit predictable, but still very enjoyable.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series – THE SEA MONSTERS.


Published 2005


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