It’s finally here! Check out the cover for Rick Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle and read an excerpt from the new book.
USA Today were the lucky ducks of the Nine Realms and got to reveal the cover of Riordan’s third series based around Greek mythology. You can check out the cover below:
The cover, illustrated by John Rocco, features the godly version of Apollo, as well as the teenage version we’ll be seeing as our hero of the series. The buildings around him are presumably New York, as that’s where the Greek gods currently reside.
USA Today also gave us an excerpt from The Hidden Oracle, which oddly enough comes from chapter 3. You can read that here, and then check out our breakdown below.
Apollo has already been transformed into a teenager and sent to the streets of New York. He’s befriended a demigod named Meg, who rescued him from thugs in an alley. They’re being followed by spirits in the form of shiny blobs, and the one person Apollo can turn to is Percy Jackson. He’s always been reliable, after all.
Percy reluctantly invited Apollo up to his apartment, and we get our first glimpse of our favorite demigod since the end of The Blood of Olympus. Percy is dressed as per usual in jeans and a hoodie, his hair as messy and his eyes as green as ever. He’s also part of the AHS swim team.
The transformation of god to teenager is going to be the driving force of The Hidden Oracle, and it sounds like it’s going to be a hilarious adventure of Apollo trying to come to terms with his mortality.
You can read the official synopsis below and find out how we first learned about the Trials of Apollo series is our previous article.
“After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, 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 favour.
“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.”
The Hidden Oracle will be released on May 3, 2016.