Trials of Apollo – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan Review

Now this is the latest series by Rick Riordan and I have only just started getting into it even though this book has been out for over 4 years at this point, but it’s never too late to get into a series so let’s see what I think.

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 disoriented, 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.

Taken from goodreads

One of the main reasons why it took me so long to get into this book is because it was all going to be based around Apollo, a character I have not liked in any of the previous books from Rick Riordan. This is because I find it very hard to like characters who think they are simply the best and can’t take any sort of criticism, so it was always going to be hard for me to like this series and unfortunately even Rick Riordan couldn’t make me like Apollo anymore. Yes there is some character progression towards the end of the book but you still have to read 300+ pages of someone simply saying that they can not wait to be a God again so that they are able to be the best once again, it just gets very boring very quickly.

One part that I did love to read about has got to be when we get a very small amount of Percy Jackson that we get, we get to see him try and turn away from all the dangerous events so that he and his family are allowed to try and live a normal life. 

One thing I will give this book is that the combat that is used to fight against enemies is not the normal kind such as with swords and shields but instead the characters are using bow and arrows as well as music which is actually a really nice way to have some fights go down. No matter how well an author can write there are only so many ways you can describe a sword fight, so have some music thrown in there and you get a really fresh experience.

The story itself is actually pretty good with numerous twists and turns to keep you on your toes as well as wanting to keep turning that page.

For me this book would have been so much better if Rick had used just about any other God (except Aphrodite as I have the same problem with her as I do Apollo) but with the progression we saw from Apollo towards the end then maybe this series might not be so bad.

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