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The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo - Book 1 Paperback – 10 May 2016
|Paperback, 10 May 2016||
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Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006 and is now a blockbuster film franchise, starring Logan Lerman. Rick lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.
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After Harry Potter, it was Percy Jackson that pretty much hooked me - in fact, till today, these two are the only worlds that I will always have an hankering to go back to!
So when Like Queen Rowling, when Uncle Rick comes out with a new series (with a tease about the appearance of Percy Jackson!), you don't say WHATTT?? YOU JUST FREAKING PRE-ORDER THE HELL OUT OF IT :D
And that's exactly what I did! :P
Just a little heads up though, it would be better if you read The Percy Jackson Series and the Heroes of Olympus Series (in THAT EXACT reading order!), for there are characters that make re-appearance (YAY!!) and circumstances that are referred to, that you can only get the reference if YOU HAVE READ the aforementioned series :D
This new series is about the God Apollo, - and when you have a God turned to a whiny, pubsecent teenage boy, you know you have a gold mine in sarcasm, humor and repartee that Uncle Rick is so famous for!
Here's the thing - after a while, all the demi-gods stories tend to blend into one another, even though I adore Percy Jackson and the subsequent Heroes of Olympus Series (I need a re-read!), Sword of The Summer, became my least favorite of all.
But just when I think Uncle Rick has reached his pinnacle, he throws The Hidden oracle at me :P
Apollo isn't much of a human being - suffering from the narcissism and fallacy of being a GOD, he is entitled, whiny and absolutely irritating - AND I LOVED HIM!!
I mean, not as a character, but the fact that Uncle Rick made it so that he was literally unlikable at the start and for most of the story - I am not kidding - Apollo, as a God of Haiku and War was an ass but as a teenage boy, he is absolutely UNBEARABLE!!
For now that he has to survive Zeus's punishment, he has more than a prophecy to fulfill - he has a journey to make and things to understand. - not that he knows this of course.
And Camp Half Blood isn't exactly complete without the appearance of old favorites - seriously, I had tears in my eyes when I realized it was Percy that Apollo went back to for help - though it was weird to view him from a third POV - honestly guys, it was such a trippy experience!! I KID YOU NOT!
For those who believe that Uncle Rick lost his charm after The Sword of Summer (YIKES!) - YOU NEED TO READ THIS - because this book, in my opinion is one of the best works by Uncle Rick - it has a protagonist that you just can't help be irritated with, it has a bit more angsty and a plot that is intended for a bit more mature audiences.
Coupled with the typical snarky Uncle Rick style of writing - you literally have a winner!!
The basic story of this book is that the Greek god Apollo is sent to earth and striped of his immortality and godliness by his dad, the god of the sky Zeus. So now Apollo has to fend for himself and reach Camp half-blood.l, as he is just a sitting duck for monsters and demons anywhere else.
Then he gets to know that the Oracles are not working I.e. not giving any more prophecies. As he is the god of Prophecies, he is the one sent to recover them. And the story continues....
If you have read the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus, then this book will not disappoint. Another enthralling book by Rick Riordan. I much prefer it to Magnus Chase
Plus this book also comes with a short story by Rick Riordan on Percy Jackson called 'Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades'.
While reading this book I felt the need to read the 'Heroes of Olympus' book series as there are lots of references.
The book arrived packaged in bubble wrap in a plastic bag (I was expecting cardboard wrapping, but that's fine).
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