Title: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Children. Release Date: 3rd May 2016 Pages: 375.
Where Acquired: Amazon.co.uk I had this book on pre-order since February.
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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.
Review (all of my reviews come with a spoiler warning):
As my regular readers most probably know, I am a huge Riordan fan. So, back in February when I realised that The Hidden Oracle was finally available to pre-order, I did so straight away. The book finally turned up a couple of weeks ago and I finished it within two days. However due to revision and exams I am only getting round to writing up the review now, sorry about that.
First of all I have to say I was super excited about this book. Not only was it set in Percy’s universe, but it was also based around one of my favorite Greek Gods; Apollo. We managed to catch up with many characters from the previous two Greek series which was nice, and we got to see how they got on after the events in the Heroes of the Olympus series. The first of the old characters we meet is Percy himself. It was really interesting to see Percy from the point of view of one of the gods and I loved how he was just determined to live out his days without any more god drama. Percy’s mum is also pregnant which is exciting, it will be cool to see a mini Percy around the place. We also managed to catch up with Nico (One of my favorite characters in any of Riordan’s books) and his boyfriend *fan-girl moment* Will and the rest of the camp half-blood staff. Finally we got to see Leo (another favorite of mine) which was fantastic enough but to make things even better, it looks like he is going to be a permanent member of Apollo’s team on his quest for the oracles.
Apollo’s voice was interesting, I liked how much he grew as a character throughout the pages. He was both arrogant and funny at the same time, and you just couldn’t help but root for him. His story was also great, he was so different from the usual protagonists of Riordan’s stories. Until the end, he wasn’t really a hero as such, he was more of a whining victim and I loved it! His companion Meg was the unlikely hero we were craving in this book, she was hilarious and so, so, so unexpected. And that’s what made it even more heartbreaking when she betrayed him.. I could see a romance blossoming and everything… I was so disappointing at that point, I actually felt like crying. I had began to really love Meg, I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the books full of her oddball antics, the *BOOM* she upped and left, betraying everyone in the process. I was heartbroken, I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t. Remembering this is just bringing it all back, so I will move on… The villains in this book were interesting, they were a perfect mix of Roman and Greek. They also seem to be one of the biggest threats that the Greeks had faced so far, which could be awesome (in a good way)! I didn’t think it could get any worse, but Riordan somehow managed it, and that is what makes a good story. I just loved how every single terrible event was framed by Apollo’s sarcastic humor, and we can not shy away from the brilliant fact that THE CHAPTER TITLES WERE BACK! I do love Riordan’s chapter headings, the humor is just too cheesy, but that’s the kind of humor I like.
This is just another great book from one of my favorite authors, and with two series out a year now (Apollo and Magnus) what more can any girl want?
*These guys are just too cute ❤
“Nico,” I said at last, “shouldn’t you be sitting at the Hades table?”
He shrugged. “Technically, yes. But if I sit alone at my table, strange things happen. Cracks open in the floor. Zombies crawl out and start roaming around. It’s a mood disorder. I can’t control it. That’s what I told Chiron. “
“And is it true?” I asked.
Nico smiled thinly. “I have a note from my doctor.”
Will raised his hand. “I’m his doctor.”
*Poor Apollo 😥
“Nothing is more tragic than loving someone to the depths of your soul and knowing they cannot and will not ever love you back.”
*His arrogance ❤
“Zeus needed someone to blame, so of course he’d picked the handsomest, most talented, most popular god in the pantheon: me.”
*Meg just kills me, literally in the end 😥
“You’re gonna be like Aquaman?” she asked. “Get the fish to fight for you?”
“Thanks,” Percy said. “I haven’t heard enough Aquaman jokes for one lifetime.”
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