How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
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.
It’s nice to see a change up in Riordan’s structure, by starting with comedy (the chapter poem things are brilliant) and then not focusing too much on demi gods but still having them as part of the story. Having Apollo become a mortal teenager and focusing on him is brilliant and really works, I definitely enjoyed this.
It’s not as strong as the end of the Heroes of Olympus series, but it doesn’t need to be – it’s still a good, fun story. It also felt a little more middle grade than HoO did which is a nice return to form, though that may just be Apollo coming across as immature 😉
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