This book set a platform for a tantalising third book.

Like The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters is packed with compelling drama and hilarious adventures. And if you are even slightly familiar with Greek mythology, you’ll have a blast reading Rick Riordan’s re-imagining of the Greek myths and the way he has updated the gods and their stories to fit them into the modern world and the world of Percy Jackson. Rick Riordan has a keen sense of comedy.

The Sea of Monsters is an outstanding book and a fitting and fantastic sequel to The Lighting Thief. All the characters have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies depending upon which part of the Greek mythology Riordan has pulled them out from. And yet the character development is fantastic. Luke, who betrays Camp Half-Blood in the first book, emerges as a perfect antithesis to Percy, a strong and sure villain to the doubtful and flawed hero. Along with Kronos, he is the arch nemesis for Percy. Annabeth lives up to her genes and it is evident that she is indeed the daughter of the goddess of wisdom, Athena. The friendship that she shares with Percy is very deftly and interestingly handled by Riordan. Tyson, one of the new characters in the book, takes much of the readers’ sympathy for his simplicity and sweetness.

Like the first book, the sequel is roll licking page-turning series. Readers would love the fast pace and the excitement of the adventures that befall Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson. There’s something dramatic happening on every other page and never does the pace falter. It’s the kind of book you compulsively read in a single sitting over a few hours. The end of the book, as I have mentioned earlier, is a cliffhanger and will ensure that readers make a beeline to the book shops to get the next installment.