Book Review: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo) by Rick Riordan

Posted May 18, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo) by Rick RiordanThe Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Greek & Roman, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781484732748
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five-stars

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 disoriented, 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 favor.

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.

“Nothing is more tragic than loving someone to the depths of your soul and knowing they cannot and will not ever love you back.”

The long-awaited second spin-off to Rick Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians has finally been released, and it was everything I could have hoped for. This new series stars fallen god Apollo, who has been banished from Olympus and forced to live as a human. Though without his godly powers, Apollo is still the self-involved guy he’s always been, and that’s what makes things so hilarious. Throw in the fact that he now has to room with his kids, and the story goes into a whole different direction than fans have seen before.

I was worried that Apollo’s personality would become annoying after a while, but I was mistaken. He’s freakin’ hilarious, and watching him flounder trying to make it as a mere human adds to the enjoyment. And that quote above? That’s about as deep as he gets, and it doesn’t happen all that often. However, readers won’t be bogged down by narcissistic godly pondering. Fan favorite characters from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series make an appearance throughout the book.

Besides Apollo’s snarky, sense of humor, I loved how awkward he was having to live with his children. Now that he’s a teen, he’s going through acne, lanky body, and sporting a less than “perfect” physique. Reading about him trying to navigate the crazy waters of being a father who’s the same age as his children was highly entertaining. I also loved his reaction to his son Will and Nico di Angelo’s relationship. After Heroes ended, one of the things I most wanted to know was how those two were doing with their new romance. Fans will get the opportunity to find out, as well learn about other popular characters, and what they’ve been up to since we last read about their exploits.

The Hidden Oracle is the first book in The Trials of Apollo series, and the second novel, The Dark Prophesy is due to be released in 2017. While you could jump into this world with this novel, I wouldn’t suggested it. Riordan does a wonderful job catching readers up to speed, but there’s so much that’s happened over the last two series, that I think readers who haven’t read the other novels will feel a bit lost. Then again, this is such a great world to escape to, why wouldn’t you start at the beginning? If you decide  to jump in, at least do a little research beforehand. You won’t be disappointed!

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

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2 responses to “Book Review: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo) by Rick Riordan

  1. I totally loved reading this book, too! The humor was very effective, even though I was also afraid Apollo would become a bit annoying after a while (which did NOT happen. He’s too funny to be annoying.) I also love the relationship between Apollo and Meg. At first I was a bit hesitant with Meg, but I liked her eventually. Great review, Tiffany!
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    • @Angelized_1st

      I’m glad you enjoyed the review. You’re right. Apollo and Meg did have a cute relationship. I can’t wait to see what Riordan does with it from here on out. Have a great week!

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