Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Young Adult – Mythology – Fantasy
My thoughts: I had so much fun reading this book! As you may know, Rick is one of my favorite author and the Percy Jackson universe one of my favorite world. So I was really excited to go back into this world I adore. Moreover, I have always adored Apollo, he is one of my favorite Olympians. So getting an entire series from his point of view in which we’ll get to see everyone from the previous series is the best thing ever.
Since we’re on this topic, you do need to read Percy Jackson & The Olympians as well as Heroes of Olympus before reading The Hidden Oracle. Plus, both of these series are fantastic so do yourselves a favor and read them.
This book had everything I expected from it: it was extremely entertaining and action-packed. The plot was really well thought out and it had me guessing all along. As I was reading it with my friend Clara we were theorizing like crazy! The way The Hidden Oracle fit into the greater scheme of all the Greek Gods books blew my mind. It made me realize how much of a genius Riordan is. This book really reminded me of why I love this author so much.
I especially enjoyed following Apollo’s journey in this book and the evolution of the character. Being a God turned human he faces challenges he’s never faced before and that opens his eyes to a lot of things. It was also interesting to see his point of view on demigods, and how he and the other Olympians feel about them. Seeing him interact with his children and Meg brought up a different side of him and I really appreciated that.
Meg and the mysteries surrounding her were also a great element in this book. She is a really interesting character and I believe there’s still a lot we have to discover about her in the next books. I also feel like this book centered a lot on Apollo. Which makes sense, since we only have is POV and this is the first book. But continuing with this series I’d like to get to know the other characters more.
Speaking of the rest of this series, The Hidden Oracle does an amazing job at setting up what promises to be an epic series. Plus, it might be the first book in Trials of Apollo but it’s not the first book in this universe so there’s no need to set up too many things. That allows a quicker pace for the book, and a lot happens in this first installment. And of course, as with every Riordan book, there are a lot of Easter Eggs for his other books. Also, Apollo is hilarious!
“Stop it, Apollo, I scolded myself. You’re beautiful and everyone loves you.”
Overall I had an amazing time reading this book and diving back into this world. The ending left me emotional and extremely excited for what’s to come.
My rating: 5/5
Enjoy your reads,