Review: The Hidden Oracle

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

After the last Magnus Chase I was a a bit apprehensive. I didn’t feel like there was a new voice in the last one, it basically was just another Percy Jackson (who I love, but it wasn’t supposed to be him anymore). Well I am happy to report that Apollo had a very clear, individual, and new voice!

I really liked how Riordan was able to balance the age of an immortal god, with the new shell of a teenage boy. There was also the conflicting thoughts of a god and a mortal, and it was all so well balanced and believable. The new villains introduced were also very intriguing and I can’t wait to see how they play into past events and what they have planned.

Along with a great new cast of characters, we are surrounded by our favorites from the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series. So plenty of old faces popping up, but a great new focus on lesser visited characters.

I am really glad at how this first book turned out, and look forward to seeing where the series goes!

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