The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan -- Zeus needs someone to blame for the war with the giants, and his eye falls on Apollo. How do you punish a god? You make him mortal, of course. Apollo the scrawny teenager falls to earth in a New York City back alley, and immediately is set upon by thugs, then falls in with a young demigod who has some secrets she's not telling. Apollo wants nothing more than to regain his godly status, but how? He's got a sinking suspicion that it has to do with the Oracle of Delphi, which has been retaken by an old enemy of his. And, speaking of old enemies, some shadowy figures from the distant past seem to be making a bid for world domination. In fact, they may have been behind all of the troubles the demigods have faced thus far...
Just when I think
Riordan has pretty much run through his source material, he manages to
twist in a different direction and set off on a new course. Apollo's
perspective is a lot of fun to read, what with the overweening egotism
and all -- Riordan does make him somewhat sympathetic by the end of the
book. And I'm intrigued by the new bad guys.
I didn't think this book was quite as
action-packed as Riordan's other stuff, but it was doing a lot of work
to set up the series. It was nice to go back to Camp Halfblood for a
bit, and to see some old friends. I wouldn't recommend this as a
starting point for readers new to Riordan, but fans of Percy Jackson
should certainly take notice.
(Reviewed from my personally purchased copy.)