Review: The Hidden Oracle

Hey guys,

So after I recently finished all of the Heroes of Olympus Series, I decided I needed to pick up the next book in the Percy Jackson world and that is Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. And guys, I have never laughed so much at a single Rick Riordan book and that is saying something because Percy Jackson had so much sass that I spent half of his books laughing.

trials of apollo

My name is Apollo.

I used to be a god.

But that was before I was cast down from Olympus (a terrible misunderstanding) and woke up in a New York dumpster.

I persuaded Percy Jackson to give me a lift up to Camp Half-blood. But the place is in chaos. Demigods are going missing and the all-seeing oracles have fallen to a mysterious enemy known only as ‘The Beast’.

I figured that regaining Zeus’s favour would involve a series of harrowing trials, and I was right (I usually am). My first task? Protect the final oracle, hidden away for millennia. If I fail, The Beast will control the future, but worse- I’ll be stuck as a teenage boy, forever…

So this is the series thanks to the ending of The Blood of Olympus and is the ramifications of Apollo’s decisions during the big seven’s adventures. Without discussing what Apollo actually did, he has been sent back to earth as a mortal, teenage boy as punishment by Zeus. He crash lands in a dumster, meets another half-blood and immediately seeks out Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood.

Okay, this isn’t the first time Apollo has been sent to earth as punishment; so at least he knows that he needs to do some major bowing and taking orders for Zeus to take him back. But nothing prepares Apollo for the level of danger involved in this round of punishment; with all of the Oracles disappearing Apollo is sent to save them. It’s never that simple when half-bloods and Gods are involved but I cant disclose any more of the plot without some major spoilers and that just wouldn’t be fair.

Well I have already told you that this book is hilarious, Apollo is outraged that he has none of his godly abilities and is facing some mortal problems (acne and a chubby tummy) but a touch I wasn’t expecting was Apollo’s inability to write Haiku to be so prevalent. At the start of each chapter, instead of chapter names there is a Haiku written by Apollo briefly summarising the chapter; and they are awful!

Used to be goddy,
Now uptown feeling shoddy,
Bah, haiku don’t rhyme.

Casa de Jackson,
No gold-plated throne for guests,
Seriously, dude?

Seven-layer dip,
Chocolate chip cookies in blue,
I love this woman.

They get better and better throughout however as they pertain to the contents of the chapter I didn’t think that I should accidentally spoil you! I don’t think anyone minds knowing that Apollo gets introduced to some majorly delicious blue cookies thanks to Mrs Jackson.

Now this really is a continuation series from Heroes of Olympus, there is a lot of discussion of what happened throughout those books so I implore you to read that series first because there are major spoilers. We learn about what is going on with the big seven from Heroes of Olympus, where they are now and how they are going. Nico plays a larger role in this than I first thought and I loved him for it; and I love that Nico is more open about his sexuality and his relationships during this book because that just makes me love him for it even more. Especially since Apollo has had relationships with not only men and women but all sort of mythical creatures; and I loved that that is reflected. He talks about his previous relationships a lot, and you learn so much about the God that you realise that every time he finds some love, someone just has to take it away.

I loved everything about this book guys, I loved the characters, I loved the plot twists (oh and there are some major plot twists!), I loved the development and I loved the humour. I loved that for once Percy steps totally back and basically says dude I’ve done enough for the Gods and starts to focus on his own life. This is definitely a book I will be re-reading at the beginning of 2017 when the next book comes out (feb 2017 I believe), especially since it only took me a few hours to read.

You want some great character development? Read this book!

You want hilarious situations and characters? Read this book!

You want a deep, romantic, dangerous love? Go pick up a romance because for once there isn’t an immediate love interest storyline!

Basically guys, this is the start of yet another amazing series at the wondrous hands of Risk Riordan; a genius of the mythical kind. I know that this wont be the last series he writes in the Roman/ Greek Half-blood world, because he has created such a deep and well-developed world that the amount of stories that can come out of here are endless. I would like to see some Roman Half-blood only stories, at some point because that area of the world could still really be delved into!

If you were on the fence about starting this series (I have no idea why?!) please go and pick it up! And don’t forget to pre-order the sequel today!

Helen x


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