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September 28, 2020

The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo 01) by Rick Riordan

Filed under: Young Adult Fantasy — Suramya Tomar @ 11:57 pm

The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo 01)
by Rick Riordan

Description:

He was once an immortal God. Now, he’s a teenage boy called Lester.

Apollo has angered his father Zeus for the last time.

So, how do you punish an immortal?

By making him human. Obviously.

Cast down from Olympus, he’s weak, disorientated and stuck in New York City as a teenage boy.

It’s the first time he’s been without his powers, and he has to survive in the modern world.

Which isn’t an easy feat for a four-thousand-year old deity, especially one with as many enemies as he has.

Apollo needs help, and he can only think of one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

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Rating: (4/5)

Review:

After finishing the previous books I was in mood for something light and happened to see the latest book in the Trials of Apollo in my feed. That made me realize that I had only read the first two books in the series and the 5th book had come out. So I started a re-read of the first two books while I wait for the remaining three to arrive.

The first book in the Trials of Apollo series has Rick’s trademark humor and it was a welcome break after the past few books I had been reading. The book is very light reading with a light-hearted view of the world. The lead character Apollo or Lester as he is now known after he was transformed into a mortal by Zeus is very narcissistic and only thinks about himself, however due to the way it’s written the character doesn’t cross the line into obnoxious which would have been quite easy to do. I loved how he keeps referencing popular culture and taking credit for major achievements like the songs Beatles wrote etc. Over the course of the book Apollo starts to realize that he was way too self centered and how unfairly the demi-gods were treated by the Gods.

Some of the Demi-gods from the Percy Jackson books & the Heroes of Olympus do make a brief appearance but some of them will have bigger roles to play in the future books in the series.

Over all this is a good fun book and a great beginning to a new series in the Percy Jackson universe.

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