Pages: 417 (paperback)
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology
Series: Trials of Apollo
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Puffin Books
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Book Format: Paperback
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Synopsis (as it reads): 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.
I have two problems with this book. Percy isn’t in it enough. He is only in it at the beginning and the end. I was expecting more of the 7 but only got some Percy and a bit of another character who I will not name due to spoilers. The other problem was Apollo. Yes, Apollo was his annoying, yet funny, obnoxious self and yes, there was some good character development. He was really irritating for almost the whole book.
Other than the absence of my favourite characters, I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle. It was funny and still had those moments that made you think, Oh no, oh no, OH NO. I really love that in a book.
As the blurb mentions, Apollo goes to Camp Half-Blood.
I was thrilled to see a map of CHB in the front. It is beautiful!!!
Overall, I give this book a 4.5/5 stars.