Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more--by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?
After experiencing a series of dangerous--and frankly, humiliating--trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again--if it doesn't kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo's way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies--some familiar, some new--from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .
Wow. Apollo’s character has really changed throughout this book. I loved the return of Meg! I’m super happy that Apollo hasn’t had a love interest (other than addressing his past loves) in the first three books (the fourth book isn’t out yet) I feel like a lot of main characters “fall in love” simply to attract a fan base (not in all cases) but I have a soft spot for self developing characters. Great book. I’m still wondering if Apollo is Georgina’s biological father.
Uncle Rick has done it again
I love how much his writing has gotten so much better over the years! It really gives you a chance to think (and laugh) I love how he's playing with such character variety and diversity it's absolutely refreshing. I can't wait for more!!