The Hidden Oracle

October 22, 2016

Trials of Apollo #1. Author: Rick Riordan.


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. (Published summary.)

My Thoughts:

Pretty funny for a middle-grade book, even if it does seem awfully familiar after two whole series with much the same kind of adventures. This time we have Apollo for protagonist. He’s a self-absorbed jerk, but at least it’s a distinctive narrator; and honestly I found his narration very amusing.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Narrator comments that he’s had at least as many boyfriends as girlfriends (this in connection with two male characters dating) and adds that you really shouldn’t ask about ‘godly children’ from such unions.

Language: None.

Violence: Two street hoodlums knock a boy down and kick him around pretty badly. They are then chased off by a garbage-wielding kid. A character’s leg gets cut off and reattached. Characters fight off plague spirits. Characters have to fight huge acid-spitting ants (this involves cutting off the ants legs and shooting them with arrows). Dryads extinguish Greek fire at the cost of their own lives.


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