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Percy Jackson: The Titan's Curse Action Scenes Ranked

Rick Riordan has a tendency with his 5-book series to start off slow with the first two books, to set things up and get prepared, and then really start going hard with the third book. Here, the Titan War officially begins with bigger and badder enemies, higher stakes, and deadlier consequences that really pack emotional punches. Changing things up with the colder and darker winter atmosphere, Percy and his friends join forces with the Hunters of Artemis, one Riordan's more popular creations, to track the mysterious 'Bane of Olympus' and outlast the enemy 'General' who Riordan really hyped up and turned out to be their greatest enemy so far. things get hella dark in this book as Riordan truly shows how dangerous the world of monsters and gods is.

With The Sea of Monsters, Riordan really drew some inspiration from Odysseus for the antagonists on Percy's journey. Here, Hercules served as the main source of inspiration. Of course, we already had the hydra, the Stymphalian Birds, and Cerberus make appearances but they were scattered throughout the last two books, this one having a more concentrated focus on Hercules. While for me, this book still doesn't reach the bar the first book set in terms of action sequences, they still are truly great and give a taste of what's to come in the next two books. Again, there are major spoilers here so if you'd rather not do that, then don't read. Just go get the book and enjoy that first. And if you proceed anyway, well, I warned you.

10. Nereus

The first action scene on the list wasn't really a true action scene but it was an important moment in the story as the group has made it to San Francisco and are desperate for a new lead. Thus, they track down Nereus, the Old Man of the Sea, who will answer any question once captured. So, it's up to Percy to grapple with the old sea god in a wild and entertaining scene as they wrestle through a homeless shelter and out into San Francisco bay with only Percy's water powers allowing him to keep up. After everything that's happened, it's a nice, humorous moment before things get dark and serious again. It also shows Percy's growth as he's only allowed to ask one question and while he desperately wants to know what's happened with Annabeth, who's been captured, he instead asks about the source of their quest: the Bane of Olympus, leading to one of the bigger surprises of the book.

9. Ladon

This is one of the shortest action scenes in the book, which is why it's ranked close to the bottom, but it's also one of the most tense. Here, the group comes across the guardian dragon of the Tree of the Hesperides: Ladon. The dragon with over a hundred heads that they have no chance of beating. Their only hope is to sneak around it as Zoe Nightshade distracts it. Of course, things go wrong and Zoe takes the hit for them as Ladon attacks, something that comes back to bite her later. This scene may not seem important in the grand scheme of things but it actually allowed Zoe to put her past behind her as she confronted her sisters one last time and fully acknowledged that they weren't her family, turning her back on them. This is also a good callback as Percy recalls that this dragon was the one that sent Luke down his dark path. While it might have been more fun to see a fully fleshed out action scene against Ladon, this one scene was enough for what was needed and set the pace for what was to come.

8. Battle on the Dam

After the disastrous battle with Talos (see below), the group is looking for a break and come across the Hoover Dam where, naturally, trouble ensues in the form of the skeletal warriors (which we later learn are called Spartoi) who have been chasing the characters for half the book now. First they run into Percy who, in attempting to escape, runs into Rachel Elizabeth Dare who becomes a key character in the later books. Then comes a totally Grover moment as he starts a food fight in order for them to escape. But then the unkillable warriors finally corner the group until they are saved at the last minute thanks to some angelic (and godly) help. Like the previous fights, it was short and not too action-packed but it got its point across and allowed one last fight scene with the Spartoi (for now). It also introduced one of the most important characters to come and gave Thalia a moment where she wasn't a badass warrior. All in all, pretty good.

7. Erymanthian Boar

Another short action scene but still longer than the ones preceding this. Here, while dealing with another attack by the Spartoi as well as a suddenly incapacitated Grover, the Erymanthian Boar appears and wreaks havoc for the team, forcing Percy and Thalia away from the rest of them. The problem is that the boar is so large and powerful that none of their attacks have any effect on it, forcing Percy to do what does not come naturally: use his brain. Fortunately he does come up with a plan that Thalia is not on board with, i.e. jumping and sledding down a large cliff due to her fear of heights. The whole sequence was tense because the boar was so OP that it did seem unstoppable. Still, they were able to outmaneuver it and make it work for them in the end.

6. Camp Half-Blood v. Hunters

Ever since Zoë Nightshade and the Hunters of Artemis were introduced, they came off as antagonistic and very unlikeable. So when the 'friendly' match of Capture the Flag between them and the campers was announced, every reader was hoping for the Hunters to go down. Unfortunately, the game was also the setting for the clash between Percy and Thalia that had been brewing since the start of the book. After a close-knit match that Percy nearly won, losing to Zoë's millennia of combat experience, Thalia and Percy come close to throwing down, only stopping due to the Oracle's sudden appearance. Still, the match itself was exicting and suspenseful with Riordan keeping readers hooked in to the Campers' hopeful victory.

5. Dionysus v. Thorn

Not many people thing of Dionysus as intimidating. In the series, he's just the grouchy Camp Director, bored out of his mind and consistently lazy, not caring about anything that happens. However, he's had a couple moments where he's given a glimpse of his true power. It's here that he reveals it. Near the climax of the book, the group is cornered by the secondary antagonist Thorn, the manticore who's been threatening the group from the start, and a group of mercenaries. They try to call for help only to reach Dionysus who maintains his aura of apathy. However, seeing they're all about to die, Percy begs him for help and the god takes pity, instantly obliterating the enemy by driving them absolutely insane and crushing Thorn to death with grape leaves. From then on, no one underestimated Dionysus's power again. Riordan hypes up the tension throughout and follows with one of the most epic scenes in the whole series.

4. Thorn's Arrival

Riordan starts the book out with a whopper as Percy, Annabeth, arrive Thalia to help Grover in extracting two new young demigods from the monster Thorn. Unfortunately, things go south as the group is separated and Percy and the two demigods, Nico and Bianca, are taken hostage by Thorn who reveals himself to be a manticore, and more than a match for Percy. Even when the others arrive, he easily holds them off and looks like he might even beat them, launching projectiles and using his feline capabilties to knock them aside. It's only thanks to the arrival of the Hunters of Artemis that the monster is sent running and even then he's able to take Annabeth with him. A strong start for the book and helped set up Thorn as one of the main antagonists.

3. Nemean Lion

At the start of the quest, the mysterious general decides to send a little 'playmate' to keep the group occupied. And that playmate is soon revealed to be the Nemean Lion, the monster with invincible skin. Thus comes one of the most action-packed sequences as the lion sends the group sprawling all across the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and they're unable to fight back, leading to some tense scenes as the reader wonders how they're going to get out of this. The truth comes in the form of Percy's wild imagination as he uses space food to get the lion to gag and open its mouth which is vulnerable. A truly ridiculous option that just make this whole scene better. The Nemean Lion is one of the most famous monsters from Greek Mythology and Riordan did its moment justice here.

2. Talos

This scene is perhaps the most tense as well as the saddest moment in the book and one of the saddest in the series as the group enters what is known as the Junkyard of the Gods, a trashpile of defective and tossed out weapons and machinery by the gods. They are given one rule: take nothing. So, naturally, someone takes something leading to the giant robot Talos attacking them. It's so massive that all they can really do is run away from it until Percy spots a way in but before he can do it, new character Bianca leaps in after making Percy promise to look after her brother. She succeeds in destroying the robot from the inside but at the cost of her life. Riordan had gone on and on about how dangerous the demigod life is in the past two books but you didn't really feel it until now as someone you grew to like dies. A gut-punching moment that set the tone for the rest of the series.

1. Battle on Mount Tam

As always, Riordan left the best for the climax as the group makes it to Mount Tam to rescue the captured Artemis and Annabeth from the mysterious General, revealed here to be the Titan Atlas (famous for holding up the sky) and Zoë's father. This scene is filled with great moments such as Thalia's confrontation with Luke and her heartbreaking realization that her friend is gone, Percy's fight with Atlas where he is easily swatted aside, and the best moment of all where Percy frees Artemis from he imprisonment under the sky (a concentrated area of sky energy that is constantly sinking towards the ground where Atlas was trapped) and takes it himself so she can fight Atlas and give them a chance. It's one of Percy's more heroic moments as he realizes that he can't do it by himself and leaves it to someone else, taking their burden instead. And it works out as Artemis proves to be the smarter fighter, luring Atlas into a trap as he is sent rolling into Percy and back underneath the sky. This scene also includes Annabeth's father arriving in an old plane to shoot down the monsters and buy them time. But the real kicker was Zoë's death, having been poisoned by Ladon and then beaten by Atlas, the two combined finishing her off. Still, she goes in peace, finally acknowledging Percy as a worthy individual and sharing her regret with Thalia. While it would have been better to see more of Artemis and Atlas's fight as well as Thalia and Luke's, the key fight scenes and moments here make this one of the best action sequences in the whole series.

And that's it for The Titan's Curse. There are a couple scenes missing here, such as the final confrontation with the Spartoi and Nico's instant obliteration of them. Or Thalia's hilarious scene of driving the sun chariot (it's like me in Mario Kart). Again, I hope all my readers enjoyed this and that, if you haven't read the series, that you didn't mind getting spoiled.

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