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.
So Rick Riordan has done it again. He has given us yet another amazing series invovling our favorite greek gods and demigods!
In all seriousness though Rick Riordan is easily one of my favorite authors, and with good reason. He has a fantastic sense of humor and has a gift for writing rememberal character. Today I want to talk about Riordan’s newest book The Hidden Oracle which is the first book in a new series titled The Trials of Apollo.
So to summarize what I liked about The Hidden Oracle was basically everything; however, specifically what really stood out to me wsa of course the characters. In this book we read from the point of view of the god turned human Apollo and Riordan does a perfect job of really emphising Apollo’s self-centered nature while still making him an overall likeable character. We also get some peeks into Apollo’s past that serves really well in building his character and making him more relateable despite the fact that he is a god.
Another character aspect that I really enjoyed were the interactions between Apollo our newest character Meg McCaffery who serves as Apollo’s companion through the book. The contant bickering between them made me laugh like their was no tomorrow, and their friendship was absolutely endearing.
If I had to pick one thing that I didn’t like about this book it would have to be the pacing (and take into consideration that this is more of a nitpick than anything). Compared to the Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase series, The Hidden Oracle moved at a bit of a slower pace, focusing much more on the mystery than battles and monsters. It didn’t detract from the plot at all, but it did make it a little more difficult for me to read.
Anyway, overall I throughly enjoyed this story, giving it a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads (obviously), and I absolutely can not wait until the second book comes out next year! If you have any kind of interest in greek mythology I would definitely recommend checking out any of Riordan’s book.
And that’s it for now, see you next time!