Book Review: The Hidden Oracle

About the book

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Series: Book 1 of The Trials of Apollo

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology

Links: Goodreads // Booktopia // Book Depository // Dymocks


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.



The Rating: 5/5 stars

Oh how I missed you Rick Riordan. I forgot for a moment there how light and fun Rick Riordan’s writing style was and I am so happy to be back in the Percy Jackson world. Further, reading from Apollo’s perspective is so incredibly delightful as he is just so self-obsessed and naive and it translates hilariously. I reckon Apollo would get along well with Gilderoy Lockhart, if they can pull themselves away from their respective mirrors long enough for their to be an actual coversation.


There wasn’t a dull moment in the book and I definitely recommend you pick it up if you enjoyed the other Percy Jackson books. Also it is a really fast read so if you are falling a little behind on your Goodreads reading challenges (come on, we have all been there) it is the perfect read for you!


If you are reading The Trials of Apollo, the Percy Jackson world probably isn’t anything new to you. After 10 books, there is only so much new mythology you can include but it was interesting nonetheless to learn about some new monsters and aspects of Greek Mythology. I would have liked to see some more Godly action though but oh well – the cameos made up for it!


The plot was basically split up into two parts – the overarching evil and the Apollo trying to deal with his new mortal self. Apollo’s humour and his relationship with Meg really made the story amazing and the book read really quickly – the plot was fast paced, the action was great, everything was amazing OKAY I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK.


THE CAMEOS! Yes yes yes! We got to see Nico again and we got to see Will and those two are just absolutely adorable together (Nico, don’t get angry at me for calling you adorable. You are and you have to deal with it.) We also get a heap more cameos – PERCYYY- but I wont tell you anymore so you can find them out yourself 😉

I have already kind of touched on how wonderful reading from Apollo’s perspective was but really – do yourself a favour and pick up this book. He is probably the funniest POV I have ever read and I cant wait to read from him again. Also Meg is amazing and quirky and is nobody’s side kick and her dynamic with Apollo was HILARIOUS. Also the vicious peach baby. Cant forget about him.



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