The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Paperback –359 pages
Published – May 3rd 2016 by Penguin Random House
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 disoriented, 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 favor. 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’s been a while since I last was apart of the Camp Half Blood universe where there were angry Greek Gods, monsters and laughter and friendship! So it felt so good to be back in and reliving all those memories that I experienced for Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus.
This book took a little different turn, instead of being some teenage demigod we were following, we got to see the story from an actual Greek God.. Apollo! Although, we experience him being turned into a mortal teenager all because he pissed of Zeus one to many times.
He’s then met up with a new character – a demigod – Meg, and the two of them embark on a journey together to help save Camp Half Blood. They meet up with Percy in the beginning of the book which made me happy and then of course there were mentions of the other heroes from the previous books!
As per usual, Rick Riordan managed to have me laughing and smiling throughout another one of his books, which is what made me originally fall in love with them! Apollo constantly wishes he had his Godly powers back so he can feel powerful again, but of course has to deal with what it’s like to be mortal.
I did not see the plot twist coming at the end which made me have a double take at the sentence I read to make sure I read it right! I don’t want to give away anything that happens in this book though, because I want you to read it yourself and discover the mysteries!
Side note: Throughout this book there was many mentions of different types of foods that were eaten which I have taken note and plan to hopefully get back into the swing of things and start my Fictional Feasts up again where I recreate food from fictional books!
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Do I Recommend? Absolutely! Though I would recommend that you must have read all of the Heroes of Olympus books before starting – unless you don’t mind spoilers.
Happy reading, and until next time