“Check your spam folder
The prophecies might be there
No? Well, I’m stumped. Bye”
Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Why you should read this book: Because a new series with new and old characters from this world should not be missed!
Summary from 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.
“Gods are almost always depicted as nude, because we are flawless beings. Why would you cover up perfection?”
Such a fun book, as always. Riordan can surely make me laugh and, no, I’m not a teen, not have been a teenager since more than a decade ago. Still, his books take me to adventures and make me happy. I can say without doubt, that I will enjoy his books until the end of my days. Keep ‘em coming, Rick!
The story is simple. Pick a narcissistic self-centered God, in this case, Apollo, who’s being a brat, as usual. He needs to be punished, that’s certain. But, how? Of course, the answer is clear: you made him the most standard looking 16-year-old mortal boy, with acne and a flabby belly. He is so weak he had to be saved by a weird looking 13-year-old called Meg, who claimed herself as Apollo’s master for his trials and will go wherever he’s going. Meg is something else. So zero power, tons of responsibilities. I’d be mad.
“Zeus needed someone to blame, so of course he’d picked the handsomest, most talented, most popular god in the pantheon: me.”
Apollo is indeed mad, but what can he do? He has to suck it up and face the consequences for his actions and face trials that will redeemed himself in the eyes of Zeus so that he can be a beautiful god again. Sounds easy. Well, maybe the world is in much worse shape than he’d thought; maybe he wasn’t really paying attention. Things won’t be easy.
“It always disappointed me when mortals put themselves first and failed to see the big picture—the importance of putting me first”
In order to win Zeus’ affection again, he goes to Camp Half-Blood. I missed camp so much; I missed everyone. Well, the only ones I knew there at first were Chiron, Nico and Will (otp) and some other demigods I don’t think I remember. A few cameos from the other series (it’s always a pleasure to see Percy!) and some were sadly only mentioned but I hope we will see more of them in the following books of the Apollo series.
“Good luck! I’m going to get the Lord of Darkness here some Gatorade!”
I want to see Apollo interact with all of his children. He has some; he kept himself busy apparently.
“It warmed my heart that my children had the right priorities: their skills, their images, their views on YouTube.”
Apollo is funny. He uses maybe a little too many puns but I love puns so I’m not really complaining here. For the first time in his very long godly life, he has to do things by himself; he is like a spoiled boy being forced to do the dishes for the first time. He doesn’t have his powers and that’s awful; millennia being able to bring joy and death around the world and now the only joy he has is bacon. Bacon is delicious.
“Or perhaps Zeus was just messing with me again—giving me a taste of my old power before yanking it away once more. Remember this, kid? WELL YOU CAN’T HAVE IT!”
The villains, uhm. I don’t know what to think about them. I don’t want to reveal more because I didn’t know anything and I was genuinely surprised by the few revelations. I will only say that I am afraid someone won’t make it, because those guys are really mean. I don’t like how powerful and scary they are.
“His curly hair extended into a wraparound neck beard. His chin was so weak I was tempted to create a GoFundMe campaign to buy him a better jaw.”
Apollo will have to be brave, get a grip, and start being less self-centered if he wants to succeed, not only for himself but also for the entire world. I love how diverse this book is. I love seeing this because the world is diverse, I go out and see all kinds of people, so if the book depicts the world we live in (plus magic and all kinds of wonderful stuff I would love existed), then it’s natural we have so many different human beings. This makes me happy!
“Things can turn out differently, Apollo. That’s the nice thing about being human. We only have one life, but we can choose what kind of story it’s going to be.”
Do I recommend it? Of course, it’s Riordan and I love his books.