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Harry Potter with Greek myths,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Paperback)
I have just finished reading all five of the Percy Jackson books out loud, and I'm not complaining! My son has had them as bedtime stories over a number of months. He loved them and so did I. He was already keen on Greek mythology, and these stories are very clever, possibly educational, as well as funny and wildly entertaining. I was a bit of a pushover to read a few pages more, and had to stop myself sneakily reading ahead after he was asleep... So, recommended, and when the box set is published I'd recommend that even more highly.
Orignally I bought this first one for my daughter, an avid reader, who didn't particularly like it. But then she wasn't keeen on Harry Potter either. My son, now 10, is a much less enthusiastic reader of fiction and it would be slow work for him to read these books himself, though he did sometimes skip ahead to find out what happened next.
As other reviewers have said, these books are easily described as "Harry Potter with Greek myths instead of magic, and an American summer camp instead of an English boarding school". It's true: The main character is a boy who discovers he's a demigod, and gets taken to a special demigod school. His two friends are a clever girl and a slightly gormless but loyal boy (actually half goat in this case). After a series of quests throughout the books, the series ends with a big battle where the students fight all the baddies led by a previously-destroyed evil lord who has managed to put himself together and come back to life again.
But it doesn't matter (unless you are JK Rowling maybe). This is a great read, and so are all the rest. I especially liked the way the Greek myths are brought into the present, notably Auntie Em's statue shop (don't look her in the eye!). It's well written, with lots of action, suspense and emotion, and great characters - both the young heroes and the modernised ancient Greeks that populate the series.
Enjoy - we are moving on to the Pharoah series next!