Another week has come and gone so that means that it is time for another book review! whoop, whoop! This week it is time for what is becoming a summer tradition, a Rick Riordan book! yep, today I am finally picking up The Hidden Oracle, the first book in The Trials Of Apollo! Let’s do this.
My god I love Apollo. He has always been my favourite of the Olympian gods, at least in Riordan’s world. I just love how sassy and over dramatic he is. When I discovered that he was getting a whole series from his point of view I knew that I was going to love it. And now that I have read the first book I can say I was right.
I have been wondering what line this book was going to go down ever since I finished reading HOO last year. I wasn’t sure what direction it would take. Obviously it was going to have something to do with Oracle’s and prophecies, but that was all I knew. And actually I was pleasantly surprised by this book. its tone felt slightly lighter than the previous series but it’s storylines where a bit darker and more complex. You only really started to scratch the surface of the main story arc in this book but already you can see that it is a very complex and tangled web of a story and I am really intrigued to pick it apart as this trilogy progresses.
But I know that what I enjoyed about this book most was Apollo himself. It was so interesting reading a book from a god’s POV, even if that god is currently mortal. it was nice because even with memory issues, Apollo knows what is going on. Most of the time he has a base understanding of what is happening and knowledge of the situation. And I quiet liked that. But I also loved his inner monologue. He can be so brutally honest about situations. I liked that on more than one occasion he admitted to not having a clue and that he explained that most of the time that Gods are useless. They don’t know what to do so they send in their children to deal with the situation. I loved that he actually admitted something that we have all known since The Lightning Thief.
I also loved how much we got to learn about Apollo. We got to really see into his soul and uncovering things about him that we never knew. For instance, we got to learn about his 2 great loves and that why he has never married. We got to discover what made him, him. and that was really fascinating. But we also got to see him grow as a person. throughout this book you watched his attitudes towards things change. I am really intrigued to see how much he grows as a person as this series progresses.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. it held the same Riordan humour that we are all used to and this brilliant world, but it introduced us to knew elements and new characters. plus, this book is worth reading just for the Nico and Will adorableness.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read The Hidden Oracle? What is your favourite Riordan book? I hope that you have enjoyed toady’s post and I wills see you all again very soon.