Aaaaand I did it again,
I probably can swear a thousand times not to buy another book by Riordan, but it won’t help anyways. And I must say The Hidden Oracle has been kinda good. What?
Warning, this book is set after the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series!
Not again! The god Apollo got turned into a mortal teenager by Zeus as punishment. If that wouldn’t be horrible enough, Apollo gets ganged up in his most vulnerable state in New York and gets saved by street-living twelve year old Meg McCaffrey, who enslaves him for a year. Gods and their silly promises. In despair and since Apollo believes that Megan is a demigod, both travel to Camp Half-Blood, not to forget to make a stop at Percy Jackson’s home.
At Camp Half-Blood Apollo realizes not only how mortal he actually got but also how bad the world turned after Gaia almost woke up. A new dangerous enemy rose and doesn’t only endanger demigods, but also gods and seals off the connection between gods and demigods. How will Apollo deal in a fight he usually watches from the sidelines?
The reason I liked it was probably because it is set in the Percy Jackson world, a world that is already known and settled. While with the start of the Magnus Chase series, it just seems as if it’s a cheap Camp Half-Blood wannabe series. Saying, different names, pretty much the same storyline.
Thank gods that hasn’t been too much of a case with The Hidden Oracle. Truth is also that I start to get bored with the Percy Jackson world, because it’s always so similar. Kind of forced, try-hard jokes, super bad enemy that will get defeated in one way or another and no surprises. At least Rick Riordan had the decency to be a little original with Apollo and add a little bit Percy and other familiar characters into the mix to make it likeable.
Apollo has been fun to read, yet he has been a little bit exhausting. At one point he was this fun, all jokes, narcissistic and light-caring person and on the other hand he suddenly majorly cared for his children. As in, he never seemed to care about someone else than him and out of a sudden he acted like this super caring father just because he got mortal. That was a little bit too fast and unbelievable for me, but okay.
Meg McCaffrey was a cool twelve year old who had to live on the streets in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. I liked her much more than Apollo, but personally that is not a very hard thing to do. She kicked butt and was cool and stayed in her character form. Gold stars for her!
And that’s pretty much what I have to say about the storyline and the characters. I wasn’t really impressed, a litte bit bored too but still surprised that it didn’t suck so much. For me. That’s an important thing to mention. If you adore Rick’s books, go on and read it, you will love it. If you’ve given hope a while ago, just like me, you might consider reading this book at all.
I give 3 out of 5 stars to The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan because it has been decent and hasn’t sucked that bad.
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