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Another great book!The Hidden Oracle takes place roughly 6 months after The Heroes of Olympus series.
It follows the main character, God Apollo, after Zeus blames him for an incident that happened almost ending the world. Zeus punishes him by sending him to New York and stripping him of all his immortal abilities and powers making him just an ordinary teenage boy that goes by Lester Papadopoulos.
Once landing in a New York alley dumpster he is found and mugged by two mortal teens but luckily is rescued by an eccentric dressed 12 year old girl named Meg McCaffrey. Apollo introduces himself to her as the God Apollo and she chooses to believe him and agrees to help him. Now Apollo is on a mission to do whatever it takes to get his powers back and become immortal again, he's hopeful that his punishment won't last long like his other two times Zeus has turned him immortal as a punishment. The only thing he can think of doing first is to enlist the help from the most famous demigod himself, Percy Jackson. Unfortunately, once Apollo and Meg gets to Percy's apartment he lets him down by telling him he won't be able to help much because of family obligations and focusing on school like a normal teenager for once, but is obliged to escort him and Meg to Camp Half-Blood to seek help from the Camp leader, Chiron.
Thanks to the help of Meg who somehow unknowingly summons a big green hair and green haired karpori baby that goes by Peaches, who violently attacks the shiny blobs, they luckily escape the attack and make it to Camp Half-Blood alive, or barely. After making it out of the woods of Camp Half-Blood Chiron informs them about the mysterious disappearances of several demigods at the camp. Later they come to find out that a mysterious voice coming from the woods are causing the demigods to go into a trance and wonder off into the woods. Unfortunately, it's too late and Apollo's kids disappear causing him and Meg to embark on a quest to discover the source of the problem.
Haha where do I begin.
It was nice to go back to the original roots of Camp Half-Blood and stay for awhile. Even though I do have a feeling we'll eventually go back and enlist help from the Camp Jupiter demigods. I do hope that Rick brings Grover back sometime throughout the series I sort of miss him.
I enjoyed this book, not quite as much as Percy Jackson & the Olympians or The Heroes of Olympus of course, but like all of Riordan's books it was really good. The book was shorter than what I expected and hoped for so I hope the future books in The Trials of Apollo series will be a bit longer.
WARNING: I advise you to read the Percy Jackson & the Olympians first, then The Heroes of Olympus series before reading The Hidden Oracle because you will be majority spoiled within the first few pages of the book if you haven't read the previous books.
Now to wait for the next book in The Trials of Apollo & Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
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