Review: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle

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.

My Review (1)

After Harry Potter, it was Percy Jackson that pretty much hooked me – in fact, till today, these two are the only worlds that I will always have an hankering to go back to!

So when Like Queen Rowling, when Uncle Rick comes out with a new series (with a tease about the appearance of Percy Jackson!), you don’t say WHATTT?? YOU JUST FREAKING PRE-ORDER THE HELL OUT OF IT 😀 

And that’s exactly what I did! 😛

Just a little heads up though, it would be better if you read The Percy Jackson Series and the Heroes of Olympus Series (in THAT EXACT reading order!), for there are characters that make re-appearance (YAY!!) and circumstances that are referred to, that you can only get the reference if YOU HAVE READ the aforementioned series 😀 

“Please, Father, I get the point. Please, I can’t do this!”

Zeus did not answer. He was probably too busy recording my humiliation to share on Snapchat.”

 This new series is about the God Apollo, – and when you have a God turned to a whiny, pubsecent teenage boy, you know you have a gold mine in sarcasm, humor and repartee that Uncle Rick is so famous for!

Here’s the thing – after a while, all the demi-gods stories tend to blend into one another, even though I adore Percy Jackson and the subsequent Heroes of Olympus Series (I need a re-read!), Sword of The Summer, became my least favorite of all.

But just when I think Uncle Rick has reached his pinnacle, he throws The Hidden oracle at me 😛

Apollo isn’t much of a human being – suffering from the narcissism and fallacy of being a GOD, he is entitled, whiny and absolutely irritating – AND I LOVED HIM!!

I mean, not as a character, but the fact that Uncle Rick made it so that he was literally unlikable at the start and for most of the story – I am not kidding – Apollo, as a God of Haiku and War was an ass but as a teenage boy, he is absolutely UNBEARABLE!!

For now that he has to survive Zeus’s punishment, he has more than a prophecy to fulfill – he has a journey to make and things to understand. – not that he knows this of course.

“The weekend was here. Percy Jackson had arrived.”

And Camp Half Blood isn’t exactly complete without the appearance of old favorites – seriously, I had tears in my eyes when I realized it was Percy that Apollo went back to for help – though it was weird to view him from a third POV – honestly guys, it was such a trippy experience!! I KID YOU NOT!

For those who believe that Uncle Rick lost his charm after The Sword of Summer (YIKES!) – YOU NEED TO READ THIS – because this book, in my opinion is one of the best works by Uncle Rick – it has a protagonist that you just can’t help be irritated with, it has a bit more angsty and a plot that is intended for a bit more mature audiences.

Coupled with the typical snarky Uncle Rick style of writing – you literally have a winner!!

Not to mention, how adorable one of my OTP’s from the previous series are together – if you Percy Jackson fans need an incentive, why don’t you check out the conversations(s) below! 😉

“I apologize for my boyfriend.”

Nico rolled his eyes. “Could you not—”

“Would you prefer special guy?” Will asked. “Or significant other?”

“Significant annoyance, in your case,” Nico grumbled.

“Oh, I’ll get you for that.”


“In the meantime, no one should roam the camp alone. Use the buddy system.”

“Understood.” Will looked at Nico. “Will you be my buddy?”

“You are a dork,” Nico announced.”

 Oh and did I forget to mention WHO ELSE IS BACK?? 😀

“I don’t know about calling the whole quest thing Apollo’s trials, though. I think we should call it Leo Valdez’s Victory Lap World Tour.”

My Rating (1)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

  1. Haha! I loved the book too! It’s relieving to know that I’m not the only one who was insanely disappointed with Sword of Summer. It was so much like PJO 😦 Even the humor and I was heartbroken to find that book a bore because I got a signed copy of it. It’s a freaking prized possession! IT. WAS. SUPPOSED. TO. BE. PERFECT! But, like you said, Riordan gave us an amazing book right afterwards and all is right in Readerville. ( and Camp Half Blood ) :* ❤

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT? I loved the Mythology in Sword of Summer – but everything was absolutely similar – EVERY THING – to PJO!! 😀
      Hahaha it was the same for me as well! I have a signed copy of Sword of Summer – but it is still a prized posession – it is after all SIGNED! 😉

      I know! I was so FREAKING HAPPY with The Hidden Oracle that everything was perfect – best part for me was Leo’s return and Will & Nico’s banter! 😛 ❤

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      1. YOUAREMYBOOKTWIN! OHMIGOD! okay, We’ve discussed our twin-ness before on fb (I’m Sakshi Goyal) but THIS just proves it again. Even the obstacles and the ‘banter’ in Magnus Chase was similar to what was between Annabeth and Percy! ugh! Hidden Oracle worked wonders for my Riordan fandom 😀 I was a happy bookworm

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