Title: Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology
Date Read: May 6-11, 2016
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 am reminded yet again why Rick Riordan is my most favorite author.
Going back, I remember the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series was my door to the readers’ community. And having to spend ten books with my favorite demigods would make one think that they’d be satisfied with all the Greek adventures, sassy remarks and not-so-Great Prophecies. But no, we’ll never get enough of them. So, going back on track with our favorite vain gods and sassy demigods feels like a childhood being re-written once again with more adventures but less prophecies.
You know how Greeks are. They like good ol’ prophecies. Unfortunately, with no Oracle to give prophecies and Apollo being dumped (literally) in a dark corner of Manhattan, stripped off his godly powers, how will the demigods go out there and have themselves killed? Sounds like a vacation but not for demigods with ADHD. You’d think a god would be brave having lived such a long time and witnessed a lot of challenges through the centuries, but that’s not the case with Apollo. (Probably all gods)
I didn’t really have any worries before I started reading the book. I knew I’m going to love it the moment Riordan announced a new Greek series is coming out. He could write a number of series with Percy and Annabeth still the main characters, and I’ll never get tired of reading them. Unfortunately, it was time for a god to shine. And that lucky (or maybe not) god is Apollo. And suffice to say, he is my favorite Greek god next to his twin sister, Artemis. Don’t let him know I said that. The god likes being #1 on the list of Top Most Famous Greek god. I guess they all do.
If you’ve met Apollo in Riordan’s past books, he’s still the same. But more cowardly. You can’t blame him. He’s powerless, has acne and a belly flab. Who wouldn’t be scared when all your life you’ve been living a perfect one? I guess we can just come out with the best moral from the story: Be good to your dad. You never know when he’ll suddenly zap you to mortality when he feels like you’ve been playing on his naughty list and have been ignoring your list of chores. Or something like that.
Like always, we get the usual sassy and sarcastic remarks from both gods and demigods. Things can’t get any funnier when a vain god is trying to deny his mortality. Also, it’s nice to see your favorite demigods back in action, but its also good that we get to finally meet and spend some time with the other demigods back in Camp Half-blood that we never really got to know in the past series. While for the plot twist at the end, I kind of figured it out. Apparently, you don’t always get to have a happy ending with new friends. At least, not in the first book. We’ll see in the next books of the series, which will be released for the next 4 years. Yup, we can wait. We can definitely wait. (No, we can’t. P.S. Uncle Rick, could you maybe write a little faster, please? Don’t leave us guessing. The Oracle already placed us on hold.)
Anyway, I know it’s a little bias of me, but I’m pretty sure everyone can already guess how much stars I would rate this book, right? Yup you guessed it, right! A constellation of stars.
BY THE WAY!!! I’M JUST GONNA PUT THIS ONE DOODLE I DID.
If in any case, you still haven’t read The Hidden Oracle, then there is no reason to worry. This is just something I made. I’m pretty sure you won’t pick up any spoilers from this, so…
Not all monsters were three-ton reptiles with poisonous breath. Many wore human faces.
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