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The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
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...and yet, the only negative thing people can find to say about this book is that dudes happily love other dudes? That should tell you how great it is, when that's the only possible criticism. If you think Apollo being bisexual isn't appropriate for your kids, you shouldn't be letting them read Greek mythology! Greek mythology is all about sex, rape, incest, and violence, and the crazy things birthed from them. If that's not what you want your kid reading, great, but don't complain about it here like it's some surprising outage. You knew what you were getting into!
The book has Percy for a bit in it, but then it is primarily focused on Apollo and a new demi-god Meg. Like many of Riordian’s past books, the origins of Meg are a bit of a mystery. Uh, I really have to say, there are some hysterical reference in the book that are not entirely based on the knowledge of children in the normal YA range. Shout-out to a Rocky Horror mention! Anyway, the book is enjoyable to read as all the others and is quick.
Apollo is on earth as a mortal, the oracles have stopped prophesizing and there are a lot of tie-in’s to other stories that will emerge in the future, in particular Leo. I was worried that Apollo would annoy me, but his arrogance is amusing, and he has some pretty interesting narratives on his fatherhood, especially being proud of his children’s vanity. As a condition of his time on earth he must serve a demi-God, which is an enjoyable paring to read about and the character of Meg is unique and very strong. There’s still more to learn about her background though, which I am excited for in the future.
I don’t want to give too much away, but the new threat is a bit different from the past and pertains to historical figures, not simply the Gods and Goddesses in the traditional sense. The entire story is told from Apollo’s perspective and it’s kind of nice to have on-going pop-culture references, even as recent as Alabama Shakes.
I highly recommend it! However, wait to read this after you’ve read the other Percy Jackson books!
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