The hidden oracle

Rick Riordan

Book - 2016

"After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor"--

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Riordan, Rick Trials of Apollo ; bk. 1.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion 2016.
First edition
Physical Description
376 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Main Author
Rick Riordan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Riordan thrilled readers with the tale of a boy who discovers he's a demigod, and in this spin-off series starter, he turns the tables. Apollo has done something to anger his father, Zeus, and he's been cursed to walk the earth as gawky, mortal 16-year-old Lester Papadopolous. If that weren't bad enough, he's required to obey the command of whichever demigod he encounters first, and in his case, that's grouchy, volatile Meg, a 12-year-old with a powerful ability to wield garbage as a weapon. Together, the pair make their way to Camp Halfblood, only to discover that demigods are going missing, and it has something to do with whispering trees, the blocked Oracle of Delphi, and a dangerous new threat. Apollo's first-person narrative, awkwardly juggling his godly egotism and teenage insecurity, is pure comedy, and Riordan's careful interweaving of Greek myths throughout the story adds some emotional depth to his often vainglorious lead. Cinematic scene breaks and fast-paced action give this plenty of appeal, but it's the familiar faces that will reel in Riordan's fans. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5 Up—Riordan's many fans will be thrilled with this return to the world of Percy Jackson and friends. Apollo has had his godly powers taken away by Zeus as a punishment for events in the previous series. Not only is Apollo now human but he's also a 16-year-old boy with acne and flab. The first-person narration is full of comments about the indignity of his new appearance and limited abilities, which adds to the humor of his often dark adventures. The story opens as Apollo falls to Earth and lands in a dumpster where he is attacked by a pair of street toughs. He's rescued by Meg McCaffrey, a new demigod who claims Apollo's service in his quest to redeem himself. Apollo and Meg recruit Percy Jackson to help them travel to Camp Half-Blood, where Apollo hopes to find help, but when they reach the camp, they learn about new threats against all the demigods. The protagonist discovers that he must restore prophecy by finding the hidden Grove of Dodona, which is the first step in defeating the newly revealed evil masterminds who are trying to destroy him. Riordan's characters continue to be an impressively diverse group, and he includes same-sex relationships between characters and has Apollo frankly discuss his bisexuality, which will be welcomed in libraries looking for books with positive portrayals of nonheteronormative relationships and families. VERDICT This latest has Riordan's signature wry narration, nonstop action, and mythology brought to life. A must-buy for libraries serving tweens and teens.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI [Page ]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Cast down from Olympus and transformed into a human after angering Zeus, a weak and disoriented Apollo arrives in New York City as a regular teen and is forced to survive in the modern world while endeavoring to regain Zeus' favor.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Favorite Greek and Roman demigods return in a new five-book adventure quest with a fresh twist: they’re helping Apollo regain his immortal status."A clash of mythic intrigues and centuries of pop culture to thrill die-hard and new fans alike."--Kirkus Reviews#1 New York Times best-selling seriesRick Riordan is considered the "storyteller of the gods" because of his five #1 New York Times bestselling series based on mythologyA continuation of the Percy Jackson saga, but it also stands aloneA new take on Greek and Roman mythology from the point of view of a fallen godBrings back beloved demigod characters from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus seriesIntroduces new demigodsVillains are based on Roman emperorsFeatures a diverse cast with people from all kinds of backgrounds and lifestylesPerfect for middle schoolers but can be enjoyed by older readers, tooHow do you punish an immortal?By making him human.After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, 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 favor. 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.