Rick Riordan’s new series “The Trials Of Apollo” picks up right where the end of the “Heroes of Olympus” series left off.
Apollo, after angering his father by being involved in the war with Gaea, is banished to earth as a mortal teenage boy. He has no memory of what has happened between the end of the war six months ago and now, and he has no idea how to gain back the favor of his father, Zeus. As a mere mortal, he has no powers, just love handles and acne.
The book begins with Apollo waking up in a dumpster on Earth, specifically New York City. He gets jumped by thugs and is beaten, but is saved by a small, obviously homeless, young girl named Meg, who he finds out later is also a demigod.
He explains his plight to Meg, and she is hesitant to believe him, especially since he has no powers and no way to prove he’s actually the god Apollo. She decides to help him anyway, and Apollo decides that he must make it to Camp Half-Blood, one of the only places on Earth that demigods and the like are free from being constantly hunted by all sorts of monsters. Having no way to get there, he remembers his friend Percy Jackson, a demigod and son of the god Poseidon, and decided to find Percy and ask for his help.
He finds Percy at home, studying and readying himself for college. Apollo explains his situation to Percy, and he offers to drive them to Camp Half-Blood, but that’s all the help he can offer because he needs to continue with his college preparations.
Getting to Camp Half-Blood proves to be much more difficult than anticipated, but they are able to arrive safely and Percy departs back to his home, promising to come check in on them that weekend.
Once at camp, Apollo and Meg are told about the recent trouble they’ve been having with demigods seemingly disappearing into thin air, none of their modes of communication are functioning, and the oracle has also stopped giving prophecies.
Troubled by this information, Apollo decides it is up to him to find out what’s going on with the oracle and fix the problem, and if he does, perhaps his father will forgive him and let him back into Olympus and return to being a god.
More demigods begin to disappear while Apollo is at camp, two of them being Apollo’s children. He goes on a quest, along with his sometimes annoying companion Meg, to find the missing demigods and free the oracles, and faces a great number or challenges along the way.
That’s the best I can sum it up without giving anything away, but it was a great book.
I love Rick Riordan’s writing style, and Apollo’s inner dialogue is hilarious and the way he fumbles through the world as a mortal is very entertaining.
This series, as are the rest, is meant for a younger reading demographic, but it has universal appeal, as do all of his books.
If you’ve read any of Rick Riordan’s books, you’ll love this one, and even if you haven’t read them, you’ll still love The Trials of Apollo.
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Hope you enjoy the book just as much as I did!