How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, Apollo is cast down from Olympus as a now very human teenage boy. But his acne is the least of his problems as he now must survive as a mortal against dangerous forces.
The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan brings back the fantastical Percy Jackson world. Although this series focuses on Apollo, not our beloved Percy. It is a fun and comforting feeling to dive back into camp half blood and all its extreme danger. If you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series and are wondering if you can read The Hidden Oracle then the answer is yes, but I wouldn’t. You could get away with reading this while only being a bit confused but honestly, just read the others first.
It’s always hard to read from someone’s point of view who’s not Percy but Apollo didn’t disappoint. Apollo is a narcissist but like all of Rick’s characters, you can’t help but love being in his head. We meet some new characters in this book and there all amazing. But the highlight for me was revisiting all the old ones. There’s still a few that we haven’t seen again yet, but I’m expecting they’ll pop up in the other books.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I normally enjoy Rick Riordan’s work, but I still loved it and I am expecting great things to come in this series. Rick Riordan set up a new adventure with flare and excitement and it’s great to see that it all still ties with the other adventures we’ve taken in previous books.
There’s not much I can say without spoiling this book and two other series. But once again, Rick Riordan has created a spectacular adventure with characters who will drive you crazy with sarcasm and fun. If you haven’t read any Percy Jackson books yet, you need to jump on this very long and amazing train. This book did not disappoint and I can tell, that there only going to get better.
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