The Hidden Oracle – Review

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Book 1 in the Trials of Apollo series
Genre: MG mythology, urban fantasy
Pages: 376
Format: hardcover
Source: bought
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The Hidden Oracle was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it absolutely didn’t disappoint. It was totally brilliant, just like all of Rick’s other books. πŸ˜€

the plot

In this book, Rick has spun a new story, different from his previous, but still with enough ties to them that returning fans will be obsessivelyΒ happy. I know I was. Readers follow Apollo as a teenage mortal boy as he tries to save the Oracle of Delphi: his punishment from Zeus for Octavian’s part in the Greek and Roman demigod war. Have you ever heard of anything like this before? I haven’t, and the effect was me ecstatically devouring every page. πŸ˜€ (Figuratively, I promise.)

And like in all of his other books, the balance between action and humor was spot-on. I was literally laughing from the very first page, and saw no sense in tabbing funny bits bits; I most likely would’ve used up all of my tabs, with one or more on each page. One of my favorite parts was the haiku chapter titles. Most of the time they were random and didn’t make a lot of sense, but they made me laugh. πŸ˜€

Two of my favorite haikus, for no real reason:

Check your spam folder
The prophecies might be there
No? Well, I’m stumped. Bye

Armed to the eyeballs:
A combat ukulele
Magic Brazil scarf

the characters

Apollo has to be one of the best male leads Rick has ever written, aside from Percy and Leo, because they’re the best. He had a very distinct voice, different from Percy, Carter, Jason, Frank, Leo, and Magnus, and that’s impressive to me. He was also one of the most amusing, self-centered characters I’ve read about, and I loved it so much. I can’t even compare him to anyone, because as a god-turned-mortal, he’s entirely unique. But then again, Apollo was entirely unique as a god too, so no surprise there, haha. I think one of my favorite things about him was that he would make “offensive” jokes about mortals, and then take it back when he realized he was one. XD

Meg is awesome, too. I wouldn’t say she’s one of the best, but I really liked her and she was weird. I mean, we’re introduced to her when she throws rotten fruit at two guys attacking Apollo, and I don’t know if you can get much weirder than that. It was epic and hilarious, but weird. She has that sort of attitude throughout the book, too: amazing, funny, and odd, too. She never narrated, but her personality made her an equally distinct character, and an interesting sidekick for Apollo. πŸ˜€

In this book, we’re reunited with Percy and a handful of other old friends. I won’t say who exactly, so you can find out on your own if you haven’t read it. I will say, though, that I loved being reunited with people, and the reunion was my favorite part of the last two or three chapters. πŸ˜€ (I wish there had been more old character reappearances, but there’s plenty more books for that to happen in, so I’m not complaining.)

the setting

Rick stayed true to the original Percy Jackson books in this one: Apollo’s story took place in New York, too. Most of the story was in Camp Half-Blood, but there were also scenes in dark, enchanted forests, anthills for gigantic, acid-spitting ants, and the Labyrinth we all know and love from The Battle of the Labyrinth. πŸ˜‰ At a glance, Rick doesn’t focus too much on description, but if you’re really into his stories, you’ll notice his subtle descriptive charm and imagine the magical world he created beyond the Mist. πŸ˜€

the relationships

Apollo and Meg meet very early on in the book, and eventually became close friends that care a lot for each other, but in a completely platonic way. When he initially meets her, Apollo thinks of Meg as nothing more than an orphan girl that lived in an alley, dressed like a traffic light (no joke), and pelted people with rotten fruit. But as the story continues, he clearly grows to care for Meg and thinks of her as a real, genuine friend. πŸ™‚

While at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo meets a couple of his kids for the first time. It was kind of odd reading about him bonding with his kids knowing that they were his mortal age or older, but it was still sweet. As a god, he essentially ignores his children and prides himself just for remembering their names, but as a mortal he’s much more caring and tries to get to know them. I loved it. πŸ˜€

Also, our favorite gay couple from Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus is back and really happening. It was awesome.

the twists

By Apollo’s standards, being a fan of dramatics, there were a lot of twists. I didn’t think so, but I was entranced from page one regardless. I think it’s just about impossible for me to react any other way to Rick’s books now. However, there was one twist between chapters 26-28 (I’m not exactly sure) that seriously messed with my feels. I can’t say much more or even mention a name because it would be a major spoiler, but I will say I totally didn’t see it coming. I hope it can be mended in the next book. *crosses fingers*

overall

Each one of Rick’s new books is better than the last, andΒ The Hidden Oracle is no exception. It was a brilliant book with the perfect ratio of new and old elements, and I was hooked throughout the whole thing. The sequel can’t come quick enough. ❀

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m off to start The Wish by E.V. Jones, and I’ll be going to bed soon. (maybe) I hope you’re all having an awesome day/night! ❀

Make sure to check out my giveaway for three copies of Schism by Britt Holewinski! πŸ˜‰

Until next time…

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