Total Hours to Read: 15 hours and 49 minutes
--Average pages per minute for the series: 1.80
Romance: There was a small dash throughout that culminates in the final book, but I found it tolerable and even sweet by the end.
Language: None, only some creative insults in Latin and ancient Greek!
Violence/Gore: There is fantasy violence (fights against monsters, etc.), and descriptions are given of the fight and often what happens to the loser. However, nothing is very graphic. For an adult, no biggie. For a sensitive younger child, you might want to be a little cautious.
Thoughts: This series was phenomenal. I really appreciate what a great job Riordan did on handling more adult topics and some real issues involved with war, friendship, etc. He kept things on an appropriate level for the target audience age range, but still gave a mature look at the issues. I especially loved how he crafted the character of Tyson. The only thing that bugged me a bit was the re-caps that were constantly cropping up, but I understand that not everyone has/had the ability to sit down and read straight through the series. What Riordan did most masterfully (I think) was he knew exactly what the readers would want, and how long they would hold out before they started getting antsy. He did a fantastic job of stringing the reader along with small answers and bigger questions until the absolutely fantabulous and superbly satisfying ending of the series. I got chills and my eyes welled up with happy tears simultaneously at the ending. I loved this series from start to finish, and would recommend it for all ages.
In the end: 5 out of 5 stars, here's hoping he can do this well twice!