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The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo Book 1) Hardcover – 3 May 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Puffin (3 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141363916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141363912
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE LOST HERO
"Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish.... ...the action scenes come frequently as the three heroic teens fight monstrous enemies in North American locales..... Flashes of humor lighten the mood at times, but a tone of urgency and imminent danger seems as integral to this series as the last. With appealing new characters within a familiar framework, this spin-off will satisfy the demand for more." "Booklist""

PRAISE FOR THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS

." . .fans will revel in the adventures, wit, and memorable characters found in this thundering conclusion to The Heroes of Olympus series." "Booklist Online""

PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF HADES

"In this adventure, victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery nuanced, making the journey as satisfying as it is entertaining." "Kirkus"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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The Hidden Oracle is the first of Rick Riordan's new series 'The Trials of Apollo', intending as the 'capstone' of his world involving Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus. As punishment, Apollo (now Lester) is turned mortal (again) by his father, Zeus, and sent tumbling down from Mount Olympus to land in a dumpster. In an attempt to find safety, he journeys to Camp Half-Blood with his demigod companion Meg, only to find the haven in chaos. Demigods are going missing, communications are down, the Oracle isn't working leaving the future of the entire world in uncertainty, and in the shadows, the Beast lurks.

Despite the constant hype for the book, I wasn't completely sure what I would find. God turning human? So many possibilities! The reality both surprised me and blew me away. Forget the complaints of Riordan writing yet another series in this world, or any misgivings you might have from previous books, with the exhilarating adventures, humorous writing style, amazing character development and detail into Greco-Roman mythology that Riordan is so well-known for, the Hidden Oracle does not disappoint. (And the references - you will die laughing.)

Apollo is (naturally) arrogant, narcissistic and obnoxious, but as the book progresses, he gradually accepts his mortal state and becomes somewhat of a more compassionate character in ways that seemed a little implausible upon first reading, yet made complete sense once I flicked through it again. Apollo is bound to Meg, a unique, feisty, snarky young demigod that you come to really like, with a darker past and trauma than you could ever predict. And the villain...
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I am over twice the target demographic for this book (closing in on thrice, actually) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not recommend it enough! As a big fan of Greek mythology and of Rick Riordan's work this book came with great expectations attached to it, and it definitely managed to even exceed them.
The story is fun (it reads a bit 'younger' than Heroes of Olympus but hey, I'm the one who's reading children's books. It's not a criticism as much as it is an observation); Apollo's point of view is fitting both what we know of him through mythology AND through his past appearances in the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series; and the secondary characters, no matter how marginal, are all extremely endearing and make me want to know more about them!

Although I long for the day this won't be necessary, I also feel the need to comment on Apollo's romantic history and Will and Nico's relationship, as many others did and surely will continue doing as a response to this book coming out: my hat goes off to Rick Riordan for writing (and to Disney for publishing) a book that normalizes same sex relationships and same sex attraction -something that is fundamental we teach children, especially when you consider some of them will not receive that kind of education at home (as it is made obvious by some of the other reviews).
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I am classed as a mature reader and not the "target" audience however I really enjoyed this! I am a big fan of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. I liked the perspective of Apollo, as the storyteller and the journey started in this book. Having re-read all the others before starting this one I did notice a few hints to this book, however you don't need to have read them before (but I would recommend it so you understand the reactions to apollo!)
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This book is honestly irresistable.
I enjoyed Rick's writing style in this. He's toned down the sarcasm in favour of Apollo's trademark egotistical nature.
I loved how you were watching Apollo slowly grow as a character. He really starts to see his flaws and start addressing them too.
His (slightly weird considering his body's age) relationships with his children were heartwarming. By the end of the series I'm sure he'll be a brilliant 'soccer mum' type parent for his kids (and Nico, who is dating Will and therefore is part of Apollo's brood).
I really want to know where Katie Gardener is? I swear she was the Demeter counsellor, not her sister Miranda. Hopefully next book?
Apollo constantly mentioning Hyacinthus made me want to cry because that's one of my favourite mythological ships. It was so nice to see Apollo acknowledging this relationship was major to him.
I loved how this really embraced the history side. Reading that was great revision for my classics a level because so much of the history mentioned was relevant. It made me happy.
Finally, the haiku's were so bad but so on point. The limerick was really scarring though.
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