Review: Trials of Apollo – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

About the book:

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.

Cover of Rick Riordan's Trials of Apollo

Review by Katy Haye:

I feel like I might be a bit late to the Rick Riordan party. I was introduced via the 13-year-old in my life who inhaled the Percy Jackson series at the end of last school year and moved immediately onto Magnus Chase (Norse mythology) and somebody Kane (Egyptian mythology). Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle was consumed on the sofa in the space of 24 hours with round about a giggle on each page, so I figured it was time to try it for myself.

Rick Riordan is a very talented writer. There’s loads of energy and his characters are glorious. Apollo himself was the source of most of the giggling – the ego of a god inside the body of a flabby, acne-ridden teen boy.

It’s only after I’d finished reading that I saw it’s classified as MG rather than YA, and that’s probably right – it didn’t have the emotional depth I would have liked to find, but it’s terrifically entertaining and highly recommended.

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