Book Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

HiddenOracleThe Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion on May 3, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure

Pages: 376 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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 disorientated, 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 favour.

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.

With a god turned mortal, Rick Riordan’s patented humor, and a threat lurking in the shadows for generations, The Hidden Oracle was every bit as emotional and hilarious as the author’s previous works. This may be Zeus’ worst punishment for Apollo yet, but it certainly makes for one heck of an adventure.

Oh, Apollo. Greek god of musicianship and healing, archery skills rivaled only by his sister Artemis. The one who moves the sun across the sky, majestic in all that he does. Except now he’s a scraggly teenager with acne, just trying to survive. Add his failing and fleeting memory to the mix and he’s a disaster waiting to happen.

Plus he now has a demigod to serve, and while Meg may be a short kid with glasses, she is definitely a handful. Eccentric, energetic, constantly moving and talking. Meg’s not afraid to fight and the revelation of her parentage was pretty obvious. She’s a force to be reckoned with regardless and her mystery is just as compelling as Apollo’s.

The Trials of Apollo brings us back to the rolling hills of Camp Half Blood during the quiet winter months. Keeping all of these series connected also provides a return for some old friends. Percy Jackson definitely makes an appearance as well as the enigmatic activities director, Chiron. That’s only the tip of the iceberg though and I’ll let readers discover all the cameos for themselves.

I have to say that I loved the narrative that this new series is taking on and was surprised but so pleased by the new foes. Riordan weaves myth so well into his stories and discovering more about the Oracles was such a delight. With Apollo as the protagonist, the humor takes on a new form with his perspective. Just imagine, he’s the same age as some of his children.

It’s no surprise that I totally enjoyed The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. When it comes to mythology, I’m always onboard and this one was another winner. Bringing plenty of sarcasm, jokes, and inner turmoil together, Riordan creates one delightful book. Clearly I think everyone should be reading everything he writes and I definitely need the next one ASAP!

So, are you a big fan of Riordan’s books like me? Did The Hidden Oracle live up to your expectations? Will Apollo save the day? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments below!

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