TITLE: The Hidden Oracle
AUTHOR: Rick Riordan
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Grade
GENRE(S): Fantasy, Mythology
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.
It’s totally crazy to say, but this is my first ever Rick Riordan book! A friend suggested that I try reading this one, even though it’s the newest series and I’m really happy I did!
The Hidden Oracle follows Apollo after he is sent to earth by his father, Zeus. As a result, he’s a sixteen year old human (with acne and stomach flab, oh no!). He heads to Camp Half-Blood and immediately deals with new threats and trials.
The most amazing thing about this book is Apollo himself. My goodness what an excellent character. He’s so funny and I honestly laughed so much at the things he would say. He definitely is embarrassed to be a human!
Apollo’s character arc throughout the book is great. He goes from being this shocked God who is so disappointed to be human. Yet he flourishes in his new body and with his new friends along the way. I can’t wait to see how this development continues throughout the series.
Rick Riordan’s writing is great. It’s clear why so many kids and young adults love his writing. It flows so well and he does such an amazing job of making his story and characters so relatable.
My only “meh” feelings about this book is probably related to the fact that I have not read any of Rick Riordan’s other series. There are definitely a lot of characters and event overlapping that happens. While Riordan does a good job at explaining, I think the background might help me to enjoy the series a bit more!
Overall, I think this is a great start to a series. It’s enjoyable and the writing is great. I can’t wait to continue and I definitely want to read Percy Jackson in the future!
”When in doubt, I usually assumed the conversation was about me.Favourite Quote
About The Author
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, eighty-six 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.
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