Series Review: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan


Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Trials of Apollo
Author: Rick Riodan
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology
Audience: Middle Grade
Format: Audiobooks
Narrator: Robbie Daymond
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Listening Library
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus, Greek Mythology
Content Warnings: violence, death

#1 The Hidden Oracle
Pub. Date: May 3, 2016
Length: 13 hours (375 pages)
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

#2 The Dark Prophecy
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Length: 12 hours (414 pages)
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

#3 The Burning Maze
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Length: 13 hours (448 pages)
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

#4 The Tyrant’s Tomb
Pub. Date: September 24, 2019
Length: 13 hours (439 pages)
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

#5 The Tower of Nero
Pub. Date: October 6, 2020
Length: 12 hours (410 pages)
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


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.


Even though this is Rick Riordan’s third Greek mythology series, he keeps it fresh by making the main character Apollo cursed into the body of a mortal teenager rather than a demigod. Like The Heroes of Olympus, this series fuses Greek and Roman mythology and history, with the antagonists being ancient Roman emperors.

Apollo was HILARIOUS describing his past godly adventures and current frustrations with mortality. However, with each installment, he gained a greater understanding of what it means to be human. Apollo became a much more endearing protagonist as he was continually forced to embrace his human emotions, confront his past, and make sacrifices for others.

Each book featured a few characters from Riordan’s previous series. I enjoyed getting to check in with each beloved character, but they were integrated into the series in a way that didn’t pull focus away from Apollo’s trials. And as always, I appreciate Riordan’s commitment to writing diverse characters.

Although…Rick Riordan WENT PLACES I DID NOT EXPECT IN A MIDDLE GRADE SERIES! But certain YA authors need to take note, because that’s how it’s done (that’s all I can say without spoilers).

The last book was FANTASTIC. Riordan knows how to write an epic and emotional conclusion to a series. I highly recommend this series to anyone who has read Riordan’s previous Greek mythology series and wants more!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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