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{September 28, 2019}   {Review} The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

From Goodreads: 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.


I was really excited to start reading this novel; the Percy Jackson series was amazing, and I didn’t realize that Riordan had written a new series that takes us back to Camp Half-Blood! Apollo, now a mere mortal after angering Zeus, has a very interesting story, and once again, Riordan does a wonderful job allowing readers to pick up here without the need of reading the other ten books in the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles (the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series), though I think it would help with a few of the references that Apollo makes as he narrates his tale. I believe that this novel picks up 6 months after the conclusion of events in The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5), but as I haven’t yet read that novel, I can’t be too certain — but it makes sense in my mind based on the conversation that Percy Jackson and Apollo have towards the beginning of the novel.

Now, this is not a novel about Percy Jackson. While he makes a few appearances, as do some of the older characters from the prior series, readers are mostly given a whole new cast of characters to love and enjoy. For example, Apollo and his newest friend, a demigod named Meg, are a fun pair, and I relished their trials and tribulations as they attempted to set the world aright. Although a tad juvenile here and there (Meg is only 12 years old, afterall), I enjoyed their banter and the story overall, though I did find the foreshadowing a bit overbearing… as I called all the main plot-points well before they happened. Much like the Heroes of Olympus series, Riordan continues his crossover of Greek and Roman mythology, and regardless of the heavy foreshadowing, the story itself is still entertaining and definitely worth a read if you’re into Greek and Roman Mythology. I’m happily about to begin the second book in the series (with book four just coming out a few days ago), and think that, like the Percy Jackson series, this series, too, is a great addition for reluctant readers and, of course, any lovers of MG and YA novels. Three stars.

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