SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com):
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.
Goodreads Rating: 4.37/5 Stars
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
I am a huge Rick Riordan fan and have a special place in my heart for these middle grade level books. They are just always hugely entertaining, dish out strong life lessons, and never fail to make me smile. This new spin off series was no different, but I will admit to having a strange difficulty in getting through it.
First off, this series follows Apollo who has – once again – been turned mortal by his father, Zeus. This is due to the events of the Heroes of Olympus series. (Basically, if you haven’t read Percy Jackson or the Heroes of Olympus, many references and plot points won’t make much sense for you.) He had a very sarcastic and self centered voice throughout the book. Now, usually I am all for sarcasm and humor, but with Apollo it almost rubbed off the wrong way and got to be annoying at times, especially when he kept pulling in the whole “I’m amazing” tangents.
However, it was nice to see a lot of returning characters from the other two series. Their cameo’s pulled the story together nicely and added more interest for me, when it came to the plot. I always like to see where the characters find themsevles in the future and the fact that Rick keeps pulling them back into his new stories make new and old fans alike happy! It brought a smile to my face whenever those characters came back to us.
In addition, we got to get to know some of the more minor faces from the other two series in this book. Although I’d love to see them get involved more, but I know that might not be possible with what Rick Riordan has planned for the future. Either way, I do look forward to seeing where the next four books take us!
Also, it was really nice to explore Camp Half-Blood again and to get to visit more greek mythology. Although I am taking a mythology course at my college – not going to lie, it’s ruining the fun parts of ancient mythology for me – it was still fun to see the angle that Riordan was taking with many of them, and then to futher hear what Apollo had to say on the matters. I liked how it shows that many of these myths are still very much alive and are still garnering interest from people of all ages.
This may have not been my favorite book written by Rick Riordan, but it was still entertaining in its own right. Also, we can’t deny the fact that it was also a very quick and fast read (Well, it would’ve been if I had more time to read… But that’s a different matter altogether). I am interested in seeing where this story goes and what more greek fun Riordan has in story for us!
The Trials of Apollo (Series)
- The Hidden Oracle
- The Dark Prophecy
“Not all monsters were three-ton reptiles with poisonous breath. Many wore human faces.”
― Rick Riordan,