Rather unhappy with Apollo's action during Gaia's uprising, Zeus punishes his son by banishing him to Earth. This has happened before, with Apollo eventually winning his father's good graces once again; however, Apollo has never been powerless or stuck in a 15-year-old, pudgy, acne ridden body. With the help of some familiar and new faces, he makes it to Camp Half-Blood only to learn that demigods are going missing and there is a dangerous new enemy afoot.
Despite the fact that plenty of gods, monsters, and mortals have it out for Apollo, he has to focus his energies on saving the day (and of course, himself!).
Riordan doesn't disappoint with another fast paced and equally hilarious entry into the mythology laden world first introduce in The Lightning Thief. The true gem is Apollo's attitude, which departs so much from the demigods reader's have grown to love since 2005. Apollo is so used to being the handsome, athletic and talented golden god of medicine, music and so much else that it is quite amusing as he discovers that he really is none of those things for the time being.
Other great features are the chapter titles in haiku and the supporting cast of characters. I can't wait for another installment!
Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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