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

The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
Published May 3rd 2016 by Penguin Books Australia
RRP AUD $22.99

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.

I’m going to do my best to keep this spoiler-free but proceed with caution!!

Let me start by saying Rick Riordan doesn’t write books, he writes MASTERPIECES. Calliope would definitely approve. I’ve been an avid Percy Jackson fan since I was ten years old, so I definitely had high expectations for this book and I can truthfully tell you right now he definitely did not disappoint. Throughout Rick’s sassy book career, I think this may be the book that tops them all!

As soon as I saw Rick had put haiku instead of chapter names I knew I was in for a treat. Rick has such an amazing way of writing that makes his books perfect for all ages, and he can really capture the essence of a character. And, because I don’t want to spoil anything I’ll carefully blank out any possible spoilers from here on (however you can read them on my Goodreads review), THERE! WAS! SO! MUCH! *****! *****, ***** AND ***** *****! I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK.

I really do love Lester Papadopoulo Apollo and I missed his charmingly self-centred, naive winning personality and terrible brilliant haiku. He’s definitely what you’d call a special snowflake, even lying in a dumpster in the first chapter, his true personality shines through.

Zeus needed someone to blame, so of course he’d picked the handsomest, most talented, most popular god in the pantheon: me.

All in all I really LOVED this book!! Highly recommended to anyone! Even if you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series or Heroes of Olympus series (although it would probably be easier to understand), you’d definitely enjoy it!




Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over fifty million copies of his books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


11 thoughts on “Review: The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

  1. Great review! I’ve seen this book around and have relatively enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, so I think I might love this one too. For some reason though I’ve always felt like Riordan’s writing is a bit more Middle Grade than YA, so I might just wait for the right time to read it. 🙂

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    1. His writing in Percy Jackson was a bit more middle grade, but I felt his writing became a little older for the Heroes of Olympus series, but at this point I’ll read anything he writes, I love his works! haha


  2. Ah, I am so glad to hear that the book is good! I haven’t yet read it, but I will be reading Rick Riordan books as long as I live, even if I’m fifty reading about fifteen year olds haha. I have loved this real world mythological dimension he’s created, and can’t wait to read this newest installment!
    P.S. Thanks for checking out my blog, it brought me here!

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  3. Still haven’t gotten around to the Percy Jackson series, sadly, but it’s on the everlasting to-read list. Wonderful review — I’ll have to add this one as well. 🙂

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