The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, middle grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rated: 4 stars
Age Recommendation: 10+
Review by Lupine
How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.
But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
Once again, Rick Riordan has come out with yet another book exploring the ancient history of the Romans and the Greeks. He has done an excellent job incorporating more of the historical facts that we all love to learn through his humor and his silly attitude.
Through the voice of Apollo, who has recently fallen from Olympus due to something he did against Zeus, Rick narrates a tale full of Apollo’s ego, woe, and general confusion as to being almost, if not fully, mortal.
A new problem has arisen for the camp, yet something is different about the timing of it. Mr. Riordan’s books have mostly all taken place in the summer, when all the cabins are full and all the demigods are at camp. This time, it’s the dead of winter, and there’s hardly anyone there. Apollo gets to know some of his children a little more, including Will Solace and his boyfriend Nico di Angelo.
Being at camp kind of opened Apollo’s eyes up a little, which I really liked. He showed vulnerability and a kind of confusion as to why he wasn’t just as great as he used to be. Having an ego completely crumble like that was both interesting and exhausting as Apollo had to work through (sometimes complaining the entire way) teenage issues that a millennials old god wouldn’t have to deal with such as: hunger, hair, acne, clothes, sleep, hormones, and the like. Coming from someone who also has to be the best at everything, I understood his frustration when he couldn’t do something that he was supposed to be good at, like shooting a bow or playing an instrument. Even losing his supernaturally good looks took a toll on him, and overall I liked how being as small as he was made him realize the impertinence he had with the rest of the world. Previously, he would kill or destroy whole cities without the blink of an eye. I loved the character development he went through, including the relationship he had with Meg.
He grew past the first impression of irritation and really started to like her as a small child, and then had to deal with the problems of betrayal and heartbreak. The whole book was an excellent character development wrapped up into a funny plot and historical fact, and was well worth the read.