The Hidden Oracle
By Rick Riordan
The Hidden Oracle is the first book in a new planned series around the Greek God Apollo.
I honestly do not know what went wrong here. The Hidden Oracle was my most anticipated book of the year and I really wanted to love it. Unfortunatly like his last book, The Sword Of Summer, I felt that he did not put as much care into this as he has in the past.
The Hidden Oracle relies on old characters too much. Yes, this ‘world’ is based off of those old characters but surely you should not need them to have to explain / justify why certain things occurred. Not that these old character made the story worse, they were the best bits in my opinion. Throughout the entire book, I was waiting for anyone of the characters that we already knew to come in and save the day (and the book).
Apollo was not a great antagonist to begin with. I have never felt sympathy for him when he was a God, and even less now that he is mortal. You would have thought that being turned mortal would have made his gigantic ego into something a tad more realistic, but what did occur felt forced.
Riordan relied too much on us overlooking some glaring plot-holes that could have easily been fixed if he had spent some time and thought through it. When Apollo became human, I expected him to be fully human, not an ‘enhanced human’. This made it easier for Riordan to get away with some of the things that happened.
The only good thing that I have taken from this book is that it should show people that they should believe in themselves, not matter what everyone else thinks about them.
I suspect that majority of people will enjoy, or even love this book, but I am disappointed with it.
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