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Trials of Apollo, The Book One The Hidden Oracle Paperback – October 3, 2017 by Rick Riordan (Author)

Im happy about the release of this book, back to Camp Half Blood, and I admit the trip into Norse mythology was fun for a bit, but Ive grown quite fond of our past protagonists and it was nice to have them back. One thing I would recommend, this book could be read on its own, without reading the others that have come before it, but I wouldnt. There are some brief summaries of Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter, but it talks about the outcome of those events. Also, the book takes place at the start of Riordians last book Magnus Chase, and you know that based on what Annabeth is doing, shes in Boston. The book has Percy for a bit in it, but then it is primarily focused on Apollo and a new demi-god Meg. Like many of Riordians past books, the origins of Meg are a bit of a mystery. Uh, I really have to say, there are some hysterical reference in the book that are not entirely based on the knowledge of children in the normal YA range. Shout-out to a Rocky Horror mention! Anyway, the book is enjoyable to read as all the others and is quick. Apollo is on earth as a mortal, the oracles have stopped prophesizing and there are a lot of tie-ins to other stories that will emerge in the future, in particular Leo. I was worried that Apollo would annoy me, but his arrogance is amusing, and he has some pretty interesting narratives on his fatherhood, especially being proud of his childrens vanity. As a condition of his time on earth he must serve a demi-God, which is an enjoyable paring to read about and the character of Meg is unique and very strong. Theres still more to learn about her background though, which I am excited for in the future. I dont want to give too much away, but the new threat is a bit different from the past and pertains to historical figures, not simply the Gods and Goddesses in the traditional sense. The entire story is told from Apollos perspective and its kind of nice to have on-going pop-culture references, even as recent as Alabama Shakes. I highly recommend it! However, wait to read this after youve read the other Percy Jackson books! Check it out!

Review “Riordan fans will find all of the key elements here: wisecracking narration, underdog kid turned hero (well, god turned underdog turned hero in this case), mythological core, and robust side characters who round out the field. This is familiar territory for Riordan, but the formula works so well, and Apollo is just so appealingly unpleasant, that there’s little to fault in this adventure.”―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books”A clash of mythic intrigues and centuries of pop culture to thrill die-hard and new fans alike.”―Kirkus”Riordan’s many fans will be thrilled with this return to the world of Percy Jackson and friends. . . This latest has Riordan’s signature wry narration, nonstop action, and mythology brought to life.”―School Library Journal


Trials of Apollo, The Book One The Hidden Oracle Paperback – October 3, 2017 by Rick Riordan (Author) Review

The Trials of Apollo Book One The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan is the start of a new Greek mythology series from middle grade staple Rick Riordan. This new series centres around the god Apollo, who has been stripped of his godly powers by his father, Zeus. Naturally, adventures and shenanigans ensue. For me this read a little younger than the Heroes of Olympus series, more in line with Percy Jackson. Apollos human persona is aged 16, but he spends a lot of time hanging around with 13 year old Meg which naturally makes the feel of the book somewhat younger. Also, there is no emphasis at all on romantic relationships. What I likedRiordans writing style. After many series including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Riordans light, witty style should be familiar to most readers. If you enjoyed the earlier books, you will certainly enjoy this one. They are very funny. I breezed through The Hidden Oracle in an afternoon. While it is not necessary to have read the earlier series, I would strongly recommend doing so before picking up this latest one. There are many references to characters and events from previous entries that, while not necessary to enjoy the story, are enhanced by knowledge of both of the other Olympian series. The protagonist. I was amused by Apollo his attitude and the circumstances he kept finding himself in. In theme its very similar to Marvels Thor movie in which a god becomes mortal but takes some time to adjust to his new situation. I enjoyed Apollos character development and how he changes throughout the course of the adventure. I do have some concerns if that level of character development can be sustained through the other four planned books in the series, but time will tell. Catchups on our other favourite demigods. In this book we touch base with our heroes from the previous series. It was good to hear how Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo and the others are all getting on with their post Gaea lives. What I didnt likePerhaps because this was aimed at a younger audience, at times it was a little formulaic, especially if you know the previous book. Still, its more than made up for by Riordans wit and humour. In summary, if youve enjoyed the previous books, you will certainly enjoy The Trials of Apollo. I gave it four stars out of five. -Read Reviews-

This is one of the best books I have read. It was great that Rick kept Apollos arrogance but still made him realize that he had faults. I’m going to be real here and say that I was in tears on multiple occasions. It was also great that he decided to let people like Leo and Calypso have the spot light instead of Percy and Annabeth. I was laughing so hard and some parts, I almost fell off the chair I was sitting on. This is a book that you are going to want to read and will keep you on the edge of your toes waiting for the next one.

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