Author: Rick Riordan
First Published: May 3rd 2016
Series: The Trials of Apollo #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical copy
My Rating: 9/10
I was so happy when I found out that Rick Riordan was still continuing his Greek mythology! Two long series on Percy Jackson really hooks you in. You just don't want it to end. I was a bit unsure since there were some mixed reviews on Sword of Summer, but I think Rick rocks the Greek area of mythology.
Apollo is a really funny narrator. Since he was an (ex)god, he is pretty arrogant and self-absorbed, but that is easy to get over. He mirrors Percy's narration in some areas, since they are both sarcastic and humorous at the same time. The humour flowed easily, and I was sucked in immediately on the first sentence.
Did I mention all the chapters now have names again? I loved the chapter names, especially in PJO, but they were all missing in HoO. Now they are back! I think chapter names are lacking these days in books, but they are really helpful! Especially in this book, where the names are haikus. I repeat: haikus. 99% guaranteed laughs.
I really loved the recurring characters in this one. It really brings back a sense of familiarity, especially for the long-time readers. These days, whenever there are spinoffs, there is a lack of old characters. It's good in some ways, but I really like a reappearance of an old character or two. Speaking of reappearance, *spoiler alert* LEO IS BACK! Okay, I did see that one coming. Rick isn't that cruel to kill of one of the most well-liked characters in the HoO series (right?) I admit, it did feel a bit rushed, but it does tie in with the following book, so that's alright. *Spoiler over*
I really enjoyed this book (like all of Rick Riordan's books). I think mythology is his strongest genre, but he is the best in Greek/Roman mythology. Reading this book was like seeing an old friend again, so I highly encourage anyone who read PJO/HoO or any of Riordan's works to read this book right now!
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