Review: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

26252859The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hypersion
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure, Monsters, Mystery

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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.


Yesterday, he was the mighty and melodious Apollo, son of Zeus. Today, he is Lester Papadopoulos, a mere, ungifted mortal.

There’s only one thing for him to do now: join the demigods at Camp Half-Blood.

What makes The Hidden Oracle incredibly interesting is Apollo himself. Yes, he is one narcissistic personage with high standards and a peculiar appreciation for poetry.

And, yes, he is tremendously flawed, there is no denying that. But funnily enough, that’s what makes him so likeable.

Plus, there is nothing more endearing than seeing a god care for his half-human offspring. Apollo is very protective when it comes to his children and friends.

No one can say that he only cares about himself.

As usual with any Rick Riordan book, The Hidden Oracle is filled with adventure, action, danger, mythology, monstrous creatures, originality, friendship and fun moments!

My qualm? It acts too much as the spin-off to The Heroes of Olympus, which is a series I could not bring myself to finish.

It can be read without having any knowledge of the aforementioned series, but there are countless of mentions of characters from it—many are actually part of this new series as well.

My suggestion is that you at least read the first book in The Heroes of Olympus if you have the time, for the author does not present the old characters in grand detail; he basically assumes we are already acquainted with them.

The Hidden Oracle is a highly entertaining new series containing a large set of characters and many adventures. It plunges the god of music, prophecy and healing, Apollo, into a dozen cut-throat situations.

I read it in a single day and look extremely forward to the sequel.


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7 thoughts on “Review: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

  1. I really loved this one Lola, I didn’t have much luck with his Heroes of Olympus series though, but hoping to pick it up again eventually. For me, Apollo took e back to the same fun that was Percy Jackson and I couldn’t agree more. He’s so narcissistic and that’s really what made him so likable. I’m really looking forward to book two in the series now. Wonderful review Lola, glad you enjoyed it despite those new niggles ❤ ❤


  2. I have read all the books in The Heroes of Olympus series except for the last one (me getting distracted by other books = no money to buy the last book) and I love all the books so far. Maybe I’ll wait until I finish the series before getting this one. Great review!


  3. I didn’t mind the HoO series but the last book was something of a letdown…plus ALL the books were pretty much TOO LONG and some were quite repetitive. I will be checking out The Trials of Apollo for sure though – I like Riordan’s humor and I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Apollo gets up to XD Lovely review^^xx


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