Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 376 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure
I’ve already read this book once before, and I found that reading this for the second time was a very different experience, some things annoyed me this time around that didn’t when I originally read this book.
I think this is very different from the other books that Rick has written, usually, the main character/characters are those who are demigods who are being introduced into the world of the gods. I got very excited to read this book when I found that the main character would be the Greek god Apollo and that he would be mortal. Sometimes Apollo would be funny and make me laugh, but sometimes I found the way he acted to be annoying. I found that there was a line where Apollo being self-centered to be too much, it also had a tendency to be funny at times, I just wish it had been dialed down at times.
I think it’s interesting now that we get to learn more about the Oracles, and I liked that the entire quest took place at Camp Half-Blood. I feel that there was a missed opportunity to have one of my favorite characters from the original Percy Jackson series (Grover) make an appearance since of where this book takes place. I’m still holding out hope that at some point he will be in another book, even a small appearance.
There is wonderful character development, especially in Apollo who I found less annoying in this book. He was more grounded than he was before and he was less stuck on himself. There were some characters I feel could have used more development but it doesn’t bother me because they weren’t present for most of the book and I feel that their development will happen more in later books since I could already see the set up for that.
Being introduced to the new generation of members at Camp Half-Blood (I got so many feels being back there) was great, especially Meg who is from a cabin that was not as familiar with as others. This book was wonderful despite some of the issues I had with it, and I’m excited to be able to continue the series,