‘The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle’
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the Trials of Apollo Series
‘Wait. I’m mortal. Murder would kill me. Never mind.’
How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
‘Check your spam folder
The Prophecies might be there
No? Well, I’m Stumped. Bye’
This has to be one of the most well written books by Rick Riordan (and if you know me at all you know I love Rick Riordan’s writing) It really incorporates an amazing amount of humour which is perfect for a book narrated by Apollo.
After reading ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ series, I’d kind of gotten used to reading multiple perspectives but this book brought me back to my Percy Jackson reading days – I know I made that sound like a long time ago even though it was literally last year – and really got me feeling the Rick Riordan books again.
Reading another book in the same Percy Jackson universe really increased my ease of reading. I already knew about demigods, camp half blood and that strange things always happen when demigods and Gods are involved.
I found the plot completely engaging from the first page I wanted to see where the story was going to go. The development of the plot really goes at the appropriate pace and I never felt like the story was moving to fast or to slow.
‘The Hidden Oracle’ has really encapsulated the Apollo myth and taken his attitude and self appreciation to an amazingly comical level.
‘Kayla muttered an ancient Greek curse. If I had been a proper godly father, I would have washed her mouth out with olive oil.’
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10