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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan {5 Stars}

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan {5 Stars}

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Published by Disney Hyperion on May 3, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG, YA
Page Length: 376 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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.

5 Stars

Strengths:

  • The demi-god formula of Riordan’s other series was becoming a bit repetitious, but the Trials of Apollo series breathes new life into his universe – where magic, monsters, gods/goddesses, and humans play tug-o-war with the fate of the world.  Apollo (like Marvel’s Thor) is punished by not only being turned into a moral but a mortal teenager.  Without most of his godly abilities and knowledge, he resembles the young demi-gods who befriend him, but the slight differences keep the story fresh.  Among other things, relationships are a bit complicated with the demi-gods at Camp Half-Blood who are Apollo’s children, hopefully giving young readers a taste of what it might be like to be an adult … and how it is not as easy as it may look from their perspective.
  • I love all of these series because the young protagonists all have to step up and grow into heroes in order to save friends and family …. as well as the world.  The classic hero’s journey remains as engaging as ever.  And poor Apollo does have a long way to go from a shocked, angry, boy who’s just been thrown into a dumpster.
  • I studied classical Greek mythology in college and still learned something in this novel.  I need to go back and read up on the Greek oracles!

Weaknesses:

  • I really can’t think of anything I’d change about this book.  It is a quick and easy read, but it is suitable summer reading for a wide range of ages.  Over too quickly, I need to check out the rest of the books in the series.

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Barbara

 The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

© 2017, Barbara. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. I have only read the Percy Jackson series so far, I need to read his others they all look wonderful and this new series might be my chance to jump back in. Great review. Thank you!
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  2. I saw you gave this five stars and I was surprised, because I felt like these had gotten pretty formulaic when I gave up on it a while ago. I’m glad to hear Riordan has come up with some fresh :)

    • I spent an unusual amount of time cycling between rating on this one, but there are enough fresh elements that I think this series is a solid recommendation – especially for teens who have enjoyed Riordan’s other books.

      The formula is still there, and a few of the main characters from other books enter in briefly, but I’d recommend giving it a try.
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