Trails of Apollo The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan Review

I wanted to read through 5th wave by Tuesday, and the main reason for that is because I knew that the Trails of Apollo was being released on that day, the new series of Rick Riordan, I have finished the book so lets see what I thought of it.



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.

Taken From Goodreads

After hearing about this book coming out soon and it was going to be a new series by Rick Riordan you know I had to go and preorder it as soon as possible. Plus it also helps that I knew that Percy Jackson was going to have an appearance in this book.

I like the idea of this book, and how it carries on from the final book in the heroes of Olympus series. Apollo didn’t do his job and is costing a lot of people including the gods the ability to forsee the future because he was to scared to go and save the oracle from Python. So how does Zeus decide to punish him? By turning him into a human. Not only that but the human version of Apollo doesn’t have any powers and looks like a normal teenage boy with a bit of flab and acne (he hates this). However even though I did like this idea I was really scared that it would be a flop and it wouldn’t work as a series. After reading it I can say that the idea works but some parts are really annoying and almost made me stop reading.

I like how instead of using the same characters again and again Rick Riordan has introduced a few new ones and the ones that are in the old books are only in for a small amount of time expect for maybe Nico but he wasn’t a main character in any book till the finale. I do think that Rick Riordan has been looking at some of the Percy Jackson fan base for ideas in his book because a lot of the things that the fans wanted has been put in which is a good and a bad thing. There is a lot of Nico and Will scene which I like and the way he addressed the gay thing is by saying that Apollo himself is Bisexual so who the hell cares (I loved this bit), the Percy Jackson appearance and this is going to be a HUGE SPOILER SO SKIP TO THE NEXT PARAGRAPH NOW!!!!!           The return of leo.

Even though I like all of these things I wished that he didn’t include percy Jackson in this book, I wanted something that would make me go WOW. Yes I know there are only two scenes where he appears but still he just give him a break to study.

The annoying part of this book is Apollo himself, I like the little apperances he made throughout the series as he was annoying but also slightly funny but having a whole book about him just made his annoyingness really bloody annoying and I was looking forward to parts where he wouldn’t speak about himself. It wasn’t until half way through the book till I started to enjoy it and that was because Apollo started to grow up and stops seeing himself as the best thing since slice bread (im surprised he never actually says this in the book). The character growth with Apollo is probably the best I have seen in the last 15 books I have read by Rick Riordan.

The whole book is written amazingly and make everything very easy to imagine, such as what Meg looks all the way to how Rachel’s cave looks with all the new white paint. That is one thing I can never fault Rick Riordan for and that is his amazingly ability to write.

Overall I liked this book but Apollo will most likely annoy you unless you’re a young teenage then maybe not. I will be preordering the next book in the series as soon as it comes out as I am now liking the new Apollo and cant wait to see what comes next in his human life. If you like Rick Riordan and Greek Mythology then you must give this a read to keep the series going.


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