Title: The Hidden Oracle
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #1
Would recommend to: Riordan fans, mythology buffs and those who enjoy YA fantasy.
Available in library?: Yes.
The Hidden Oracle is the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series The Trials of Apollo. It is set in the same universe as all of his other books, in which all of the gods of old turn out to exist and are still walking amongst mortals. The Hidden Oracle takes place after the final book in The Heroes of Olympus series: The Blood of Olympus.
The god Apollo, as punishment from Zeus, has been turned into a teenage boy, bereft of his powers and divinity. He must learn to survive in the modern world while he is beset by ancient enemies that wish to see him dead. And so he makes his way to the only place where he knows he will be safe: Camp Half-Blood.
I’ve been a fan of Rick Riordan for a while now. I’ve read just about everything he’s put out in the Percy Jackson mythos and consider it to be one of the better YA series out today. However, I was somewhat disappointed with one of his more recent releases: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, which is a shame because I love Norse mythology. My main issues were it was too formulaic, didn’t offer anything new and Magnus’s voice wasn’t different enough from Percy’s. The Hidden Oracle fixes all of these problems. Apollo is the most unique protagonist we have seen yet. He’s arrogant, snarky and he’s also a former god. The book also didn’t focus on the usual Percy Jackson formula in which most of the book is taken up by a group of demigods going on a quest for a McGuffin. Instead it centres around how Apollo copes as a mortal (though there is still a quest for the McGuffin).
Overall, The Hidden Oracle was a solid book written by a solid author. Riordan’s books are always a romp to read and this one continues that trend. The Hidden Oracle and the rest of the Percy Jackson series are some of the best Young Adult novels out there and I’d recommend them to anyone looking for a light, fun read.
Rick Riordan’s website can be found here.