The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
Genre: Mythology, YA, MG
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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.
(Summary taken from Goodreads)
My opinion on the book:
YEAAAAAAAAH! Another of Rick Riordan’s series , let’s celebrate! Yes, okay, so i totally love his books and i’m happy to have more of them coming our way… anyway, let’s get real and talk about the book.
So, the story begins six months after the war against Gaia when Apollo (the new main character) fall into a garbage can as a human. Wait, wasn’t he one of the 12 Olympians? Well, not anymore. Apparently as punishment for his actions back in the day Zeus has converted him into a mere human ‘Lester Papadopoulos’.
As he tries to find his way in the city, two guys tries to mugg him and he is saved by a little girl called Meg, who turns out to be a demigod.
From here, they both will try to get to Camp Half Blood with the help of Percy Jackson (who is making a short appaerence). Obviously as always, it’s never easy to get to camp, and when they get there they dscover there’s been disapparences and the camp is sort of abandoned, only a few demigods and Chiron are there.
Not only that but the Oracle isn’t working, so there hadn’t been any questes and so…
So now, it’s up to Apollo to bring back the Oracle.. that’s pretty much all i can say without spoiling serious stuff about the book.
So now let’s talk about impressions.
I’m always surprised of how Uncle Rick finds new stories to tell, how he manages to keep alive the world he first created for the Percy Jackson series. This one, i got to admit i did not expect, and it sounds deeper and darker than the previous ones.
We get to see many old characters, at least for a bit, we catch up with some great moments and news… life goes on in Camp Half Blood and out of it… We’ll get to know how are our heroes doing.
Although differently from previous installments we don’t see any of the Olympian gods, apart of Apollo in all the book. Which says something about Apollo’s punishment, or so it seems to me.
There’s a lot happening in the book, but at the same time for moments i felt like it was going too slow, like.. it took me to read it way more than i expected, which is weird with a Riordan’s book for me.
The book is narrated by Apollo himself, and it starts with a haiku as each chapter’s name, which is hillarious.
Even though i love first person narration, i got to say, maybe because i’m not the kind of person to talk and praise myself, that the fact that Apollo all the time talked about his greatness and how weird it is for him to be human and such, started funny but by the end i found it sort of annoying..Okay Apollo we got it.
Anyway, the writing was as always very easy, interesting and funny and yet i could not connect with the characters for some reason,… maybe because of Apollo’s character or something. Like, i mean, it’s not that i didn’t enjoy the book, i just thought i’ll enjoy it way more than i did.
To be honest, i gave it 4 stars only because it’s a Riordan’s book and i have high hopes for the upcoming books. Obviously i’m not worried, since it’s the first book of a new series and there’s a need the present all the conflict, it makes sense.
Also, i wanna say that i did enjoy finding how the books had evolve since Percy Jackson, where it was more for children and now it’s a sort of a YA series, talking about some Glbt stuff that wasn’t mentioned or was faintly hinted before and now we even have a canon gay couple. I think, these books are great for growing up with them because of that, although not only because of that.
Overall, as always it’s a pleasure to keep learning about Greek and Roman Mythology and History with Uncle Rick. There’s a good promise for some interesting characters coming up in the next books, oh man, i so hope my favorite character of ancient history is coming up in the series.
I won’t say much more because i don’t want to spoil the book for those who hadn’t read it yet. Obviously, in my opinion you have to read the previous series to fully enjoy this one, but there may be different opinions on that. Anyway, a great series coming our way in the next few years!
Stay Tuned and Happy Reading!