The Hidden Oracle (#1 of 5) by Rick Riordan
Published Year: 2016
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Series: The Trials of Apollo
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.
Apollo has been grounded y'all. Yep, Zeus (his dad) got mad at him and sent him to Earth as a mortal. Talk about the worst grounding (for a god like Apollo) ever. And he's got some trials to complete before he can get ungrounded (or god status back, whatever, same diff).
I listened to this in audiobook format, and for the first hour or so, I thought I was going to scream if I heard about his acne one more time. But I just learned to laugh at his new human character just like I've always laughed at his godly character, and once I did, man did this book become hilarious (acne comments aside, those still brought a little twinge). The character arc in this book alone was just phenomenal and I cannot wait to see where RR takes it during the rest of his trials because it's going to be epic.
Loved, loved, loved the other characters in this one. As always, RR does a great job of making sure they shine through! Meg in particular was just so great. She's got a dark backstory that I can't wait to see fleshed out in the later books. I also really enjoyed Apollo's moments with his kids.
We find out a lot of information that I feel like is setting up the rest of the series, but it wasn't an adventure story. There was not big epic journey in this one. Don't get me wrong, there was definitely action and conflict, and somehow the baddies just keep coming (how are there always bad guys RR? I mean they just defeated freaking Gaia six months ago?), but I missed the epic quest plot line.
4 out of 5 stars.