Series: The Trials of Apollo #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Greek & Roman, Fantasy & Magic
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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!