The Hidden Oracle (The Trials Of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

Book Review #79

Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials Of Apollo #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publication: Disney-Hyperion

Format: Paperback

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Pages: 458 pages

My rating: 4.5/5

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.

It feels a bit different to read the main character’s point of view other than Percy Jackson’s. But it is a good kind of different. Don’t get me wrong. It was also a great change to see and experience Camp Half Blood in winter instead of the usual camp season, summer.

Sometimes, I do pity Apollo of turning into a mortal (Lester Padoupolous) but when his obnoxious true self starts to unravel, I’m not sure if I should feel sorry for the big guy. But at the end of the book, he finds beauty in other people’s help and support and also the truth of living life to the fullest as a mortal in which the gods never see and experience much to care about it. 

This book is filled with lame yet humour remarks and I love it. It is a light read because literally everything is laid out and explained for the readers in form of questions and answers between the characters. 

I can’t wait to read the next book in The Trials Of Apollo! Hopefully, someday Zeus will see the truth in Apollo and revert him back to the god of sun, poetry and music. 



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