The first book in the Trials of Apollo series, The Hidden Oracle (Lexile: 680; Interest Level: Grades 5-9) by Rick Riordan continues the adventure with Greek mythology that we began in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. The Trials of Apollo is Rick Riordan's third Greek mythology series.
Apollo wakes up in a dumpster in New York City. It appears that Zeus is punishing him by making him mortal. Again. Told in first person, Apollo tells us his thoughts on this punishment and what happens to him during his "trials," which begin with being attacked by two thugs and rescued by a girl. Think about that. The Greek god Apollo having to be rescued at all, and it is a little girl (around 12 years old) who rescues him. After she claims his service, Apollo convinces Meg to help him find Percy Jackson who will help them get to Camp Half-Blood, but this is only where the adventure begins!
When they reach Camp Half-Blood, Apollo and Meg discover that the Oracle of Delphi is missing (she hadn't been able to tell the future for awhile), and the demigods are disappearing. The camp itself seems to be under attack. Could this have something to do with Apollo's fall from grace?
As Percy and his friends have grown older over the course of several books, it is to be expected that some of the situations in this story match their ages. Couple that with stories from the Greek myths, and readers should expect some content that makes this book (and subsequent series) a little more appropriate for older readers. Fans of Rick Riordan, and especially Percy Jackson, will find this new series as engaging as the previous ones. If you are a newcomer to the world of Camp Half-Blood, however, you may want to begin at the beginning. There are definitely parts of this story that rely on an understanding of previous events. (384 p.)
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