19 December, 2016

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Have you missed the wonderful world of Percy Jackson? So, it seems, has author Rick Riordan, because it is back with a sequel to Heroes of Olympus.

Riordan is writing a five-volume series (or pentalogy if you like) called The Trials of Apollo; The Hidden Oracle is the first installment, with the next one due mid-2017. 

The series is centred on the trials and tribulations of the god Apollo, who is turned into a human as a punishment by his father Zeus (not for the first time), and dumped on earth in the form of a spindly teenager called Lester Papadopoulos. The god Apollo finds adjusting to being the human Lester painful to say the least.

Lester befriends a demigod daughter of Demeter called Meg, a smart, feisty and very likeable character with a dark past (don’t they all?). Together they seek out Percy Jackson and the demigod training facility Camp Half-Blood.  

At the camp, they discover chaos, with demigods going missing, the Beast lurking and the future of the world uncertain. A mission emerges, to save the world, naturally, but also perhaps a means for Lester to return to being the god Apollo once more. As those around him, though, suffer and make sacrifices, Lester comes to realise that he was a pretty selfish god. 

No spoilers on the villain, but Riordan once again does not disappoint his avid fans who know all his books inside out. It is a worthy opponent for our heroes to battle and this is just the beginning.
Riordan weaves together the strands of another complex fantasy, interspersed with all the humour and character development that were such strong features of the Percy Jackson series. He knows this genre so well; no-one does it better.

Recommended 9+ 

Author: Rick Riordan

Nick K enjoys reading crime fiction, demonological adult and young adult fiction, classic children’s fiction like Arthur Ransome and picture books, especially those illustrated by Quentin Blake. He hates reality TV. 

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