The Battle of the Labyrinth Summary

Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth

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The Battle of the Labyrinth is a fantasy-adventure novel inspired Greek mythology and written in 2008 by Rick Riordan. It is the fourth in the Percy Jackson series.

The novel begins with Percy Jackson is at his freshman orientation at Good High School. Rachel Elizabeth Dare helps him fight two empousai, spectres who were disguised as cheerleaders. Percy flees to Camp Half-Blood, but Rachel remains. Percy is reunited with Annabeth, and they learn Grover is in trouble. He claimed he felt the god Pan in New Mexico, but is in trouble from the Council for not finding Pan. The next sword instructor at Camp is Quintus, who Percy finds difficult to read.

Quintus organizes a competition, during which Annabeth and Percy find an entrance to the Labyrinth. Annabeth and Clarisse have been working together, suspecting Luke of using this door as a route for invasion. He plans to use Ariadne’s magical string, currently in the hands of Daedalus. Annabeth is given the lead, and choose Grover, Percy, and Tyson to help her. Chiron tells her three participants is the traditional number, but Annabeth insists on a team of four. Percy receives a message: Nico is planning to bring his sister back from the dead by exchanging her soul. Percy is afraid Nico will come after him.

The four begin their quest. They encounter first Janus, then Hera, who grants them one wish. Annabeth wishes for navigation through the Labyrinth, but Hera says Percy already knows how, although he doesn’t understand what she means. Percy has been having nightmares about Daedalus, the Labyrinth, and King Minos, now living as a ghost advisor for Nico. They run into a monster named Kampe. Then they arrive at Geryon’s ranch, where they find Nico. They meet with Hephaestus, then part ways. Tyson and Grover search for Pan while Annabeth and Percy go to Mount St. Helens. When they arrive at the mountain, Percy has a confrontation with several telkhines, and he is nearly killed. They are reforging what the heroes later find out is Kronos’ scythe, when a sudden earthquake shoots Percy out of the volcano.

When he wakes, Percy is on Ogygia Island, where Calypso lives. She is a daughter of Atlas, a Titan. Calypso tells Percy she was cursed by the Fates to fall in love with heroes who land on her island, even though they must always leave. Percy knows he must find a way home, and finds campers burning his shroud, thinking him dead. He has an emotional visit with Chiron, Annabeth, and his mother. Then he and Annabeth go to Manhattan to find Rachel, who is clear-sighted and can find the way through the maze. Luke’s minions capture them and Percy fights Antaeus. Percy kills the giant and escapes with Quintus’ ice-whistle. Unfortunately, Antaeus’ death clears the way for Luke to conquer the camp.

They reach Daedalus’ workshop. Quintus appears and reveals that he is actually Daedalus, now a living automaton. He admits that he gave Luke Ariadne’s string as part of a deal with the Titans, believing the camp had no defensive chance, anyway. Luke’s army arrives, with King Minos in the lead and Nico in chains. They discover that Minos had been helping Nico find Daedalus so that they could use his soul as exchange for the old king of Crete, not Nico’s dead sister. Daedalus and Nico, both betrayed, side with Annabeth and Percy to defeat the Titans. The teenagers escape while Minos remains inside the maze with his hellhound.

The group finds the Titan fortress at Mount Othrys and learn that Kronos has possessed Luke. Ethan Nakamura joins the Titans. Nico must reveal his powers in order to stop Kronos. They run into Grover and Tyson, who have been searching for Pan the entire time. They run through a tunnel, and come upon Pan’s grave. Pan speaks to each of them and passes his spirit into each person.

After this, the group returns to Camp Half-Blood and prepares for a fight. The enemy army explodes out of the Labyrinth, led by Kampe. Just as the battle is turning in the Titans’ favor, Daedalus arrives with Mrs. O’Leary and a giant, Briares. Briares kills Kampe and Grover rescues Camp Half-Blood by causing a Panic. The remaining campers force the enemy to retreat. Nico helps Daedalus to finally die, and therefore destroys the Labyrinth, which had been running on Daedalus’ life force. Percy is left in the care of Mrs. O’Leary.

The camp has a memorial for all of the slain campers. Grover is banished from the Camp by the Council for committing an act of blasphemy. Percy leaves camp for the school year. At the end of the summer, on his fifteenth birthday, Percy’s father Poseidon comes to visit him. He says there is great evil at work with Kronos in Luke’s body. He gives him a sand dollar, tells him to spend it wisely, and leaves. Later, Nico arrives to reveal the secret for defeating Luke once and for all.