Egotistical, narcissistic, selfish and self-absorbed and yet, you can’t help but love Apollo in this brilliant follow up to the Percy Jackson series. Instead of focussing on demi-gods, this story follows Apollo, once the mighty son of Zeus whom carried his flaming chariot across the heavens, is now dropped to earth as a human, and not just any human, a teenage boy with acne! Apollo’s worst nightmare.
Along the way, we meet lots of familiar faces, and there is quite a few spoilers to previous books, however, this story could be a stand along novel, and it would still be enjoyable. If you are a follower of the series, it is entertaining and wonderful to see what everyone has been up to. But, Apollo as a “anti-hero, god like mortal” with a sharp sense of humour, wit and sarcastic tendencies, can carry his own story without mention of our favourites. Although, having to hunt down and ask Percy for help, after hearing that Apollo sees all demi-gods as cannon fodder, is especially pleasing.
From the new characters to old, Riordan knows how to create characters to fall in love with almost instantly. So without any spoilers, as the story unfolds it is a hard job not to feel empathy, pity and guilt a long with them.
If you haven’t ready any of the previous books, a short recap may be in order. So Greek/Roman Gods are still alive and living it up in New York City. Also the Gods like to have fun with mortals in more ways than one, and sometimes children are born, whom are demigods (one mortal parent, one godly parent) and due to this, are often in danger from monsters and the like, and so there are camps where the children can be safe and grow up away from the pressures being a demi-god. Meanwhile, the Gods cause all sorts of issues and the demigods get sent on quests for their parents. And in the background is usually a Villain of some sorts from Titans, to Gaia and to other mythical creatures. This story revolves around Apollo having to fulfil a quest, to appease Zeus, so he can become an Immortal God again, and to help save the world from the latest bad guy. Of course, it is never as simple as all that, which of course, is where all the fun begins.
As a child/teen I had more time to read and so would start a book and pretty much finish it within the same day, now with children, work and life, it takes me a few days to get through any books. But this book took me back to my younger days, and I flew through it, wanting to know where Apollo would end up. I had to really hold myself back from buying the second one straight away and starting it at midnight.
All in all, a great start to a new series and I cannot wait to continue with the series. Also, I cannot wait to introduce my children to the series, as we all love to read and they are as much a fan of fantasy as I am. Of course, I will be starting with Percy Jackson, but I think my son especially will love this book when we get to it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars If anything it ended too soon.
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