The Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Another fantastic book by RR. We are introduced to our new main character in perfect fashion. “Just another meat sack.” Quaint Apollo, or should I call you Lester Papadopoulos? That is an amazing name and starts the book brilliantly.

Apollo is written just as well as RR’s other character. The sun God is forced into a powerless mortal body and dumped unceremoniously onto the island of Manhattan. Into a pile of trash. He must undertake a series of trials and get the Oracles back under his control or else he will remain mortal… and Lester. Accompanied by a feisty, sword-wielding street urchin and a bitey peach spirit, Apollo fights for the future. Camp Half-Blood is sparsely populated, campers are disappearing and all forms of communication are on the fritz.

The world building is just as beautifully done as the other Olympians novel. The reader is introduced to myths creatures and gods. Recommended that you read the two previous series before Trials of Apollo. There are characters (like our beloved Percy) and gods/monsters that you either meet or are mentioned in passing and it would be beneficial to at least be familiar with them.

The character development is also well-done. Apollo is his usual self-absorbed self but he also experiences some brilliant moments of humanity. You root for his success and roll your eyes at him simultaneously. Margaret, Meg for short, is his sidekick and occasional friend. Apollo doesn’t like to admit that he is actually fond of the little urchin. She immediately reminded me of Megara from Disney’s Hercules, sassy, cynical, questioning. The entire time that I was reading I kept expecting her to betray Apollo to the “Big Bad” but have grown fond of Apollo as well and regret her betrayal.

In case you are unfamiliar with some of the terms or gods, RR has a handy glossary at the conclusion of the book. Highly recommended, as are all of RR’s novels. Great for YA reader that enjoy witty writers, well-developed characters, mythology, adventures and just general awesomeness.

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