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Synopsis:

“YOUR FAULT APOLLO.

YOUR PUNISHMENT.

My father’s voice still rings in my ears.

Can you believe Zeus blamed me for the gods’ battle with Gaea? Just because the earth goddess duped one of my progeny–Octavian–into plunging the Greek and Roman demigods into a civil war that nearly destroyed human civilization. I ask you, how was that my fault?

Now I’m cast out of Olympus in the form of a sixteen-year-old mortal boy, acne and all! Sadly I’ve been punished this way before. I know I will face many trials and hardships, I can only hope that if I suffer through them and prove myself worthy, Father will forgive me and allow me to become a god again.

But this time my situation seems much more dangerous. One of my ancient adversaries knows I am here and is having me followed. The Oracle of Delphi remains dark, unable to issue prophecies. most embarassing of all, I am bound to serve a demigod street urchin who defends herself by throwing rotten fruit.

Zeus could not possibly expect me to fix the Oracle problem by myself. Not in my present weak condition. It’s time for me to drop in on Camp Half-Blood, where I might find some talented fodder…er, I mean heroes to help. No doubt they will welcome me as a celebrity! They will bring me holy offerings, like peeled grapes, Oreos, and–oh, gods–perhaps even bacon!

Mmm. Yes. If I survive this, I really must write an ode to the power of bacon…”

Review:

Once again, Rick Riordan has not failed to impress me.

After reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series almost 2 years ago and the Heroes of Olympus series last year, it was about time that I continued to immerse myself in this world.

I am so glad to be back.

Apollo was absolutely hilarious in this book. Seeing him adjust to life as a mortal boy was one hell of an experience. He made me laugh out loud so many times that I couldn’t possibly tell you which line I found the most hilarious. This has been a trait that has come across in all of this author’s books and it is something that I always look forward to. All of the characters in this book were great. I loved that we got to see the characters from the previous books in this world mentioned in this book. I also loved all of the characters that we were introduced too. Meg I thought was a nice side-kick when she was teamed up with Apollo (though my opinions eventually changed toward the end of the book.)

The plot of this book was its strongest suit. It usually is with this author’s books. I was engaged and very intrigued to know what would happen next through the entire book. Meg’s betrayal was a shocking plot twist that I hadn’t seen coming. The multiple elements included in the plot just came together beautifully. I did find it slow at times but for the most part, I was still kept engaged.

Overall, this book was fantastic. I loved being back in the world of Percy Jackson. I was glad that I didn’t leave off on a cliff-hanger. It wrapped up perfectly as if it was a standalone novel but I know as the series continues, that will subject to change. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

RATING: 4.5/5

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