Review! The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

apolloThe Hidden Oracle

Series: The Trials of Apollo (Book 1)

By Rick Riordan

384 pages – ages 9+

Published by Disney Hyperion on May 3, 2016

Synopsis- Meet Lester Papadopoulos. He’s a half-blood, sixteen years old, covered in acne, and just happens to be the god Apollo. You see, after all of the trouble with Gaea rising (in the Heroes of Olympus series), and almost taking over the world, the blame fell to Apollo. As Zeus said “Your fault, your punishment.” – so he turned Apollo into a human, of all things. Apollo just expects to have an easy time of being a human and expects that Zeus will feel Apollo learned his lesson. Apollo finds it a bit hard to win back the favor of his father. Where can he turn? Camp Half-Blood of course!

What I Thought- It is no secret that Riordan is one of my favorite authors. Every time I see a new book come out, I brace myself thinking it may be the one where he jumps the shark. I was especially hesitant with this one because it is yet another expansion of the Percy Jackson universe. I am happy to say Riordan once again did not disappoint. The story highlights Riordan’s masterful use of humor weaved into an action story. This book was hilarious. Apollo is so full of himself, you can’t help but like him. It is also really interesting seeing his character and personality change as the story goes on. It is a really unique perspective on Mr. Riordan’s world, finally seeing it truly from the eyes of one of the gods. Kids will enjoy reading the story, and meeting new characters, along with revisiting some of the older ones. Meg – the half-blood Apollo is charged with serving, is a great new character with an interesting past who I will enjoy getting to know in the coming books. The level of action and suspense is on par with what I’ve come to expect from Riordan’s work.The book reminded me of Riordan’s writing in the Lightning Thief (the start of the Percy Jackson series). With each book, the series gets more intense. I am wondering if that is what will happen with The Trials of Apollo series. Overall, a great concept and a wonderful introduction to a new chapter in this franchise.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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8 replies

  1. Thanks for the review! My son loves Rick Riordan, too! I’ll have to get this book for him.

  2. Almost picked this up today, but I was hesitant like you (jump the shark crossed my mind!). Glad to read a positive review.

  3. Apollo was annoying at first, but he grew on me too. It was nice to see Percy and gang again though. My son and I liked this and we predict it’s a 5 book series … 5 oracles. What do you think? I hope the Magnus Chase series is 5 books too!

    • So far, Rick Riordan’s kid books have been 5 book series, except for the Kane Chronicles. I think it may be five, but there are only three emperors in the triumvirate, but then there is the snake and the fact that this book’s emperor wasn’t defeated… This could go on. šŸ˜‰


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