Why I Didn’t Like The Trials Of Apollo (Sorry Uncle Rick)

Hello and welcome my fellow Rick Riordan Addicts (its fine even if u never read his books)

Today ya girl is back with another unpopular opinion. I don’t know why but the first two books of the Trials Of Apollo series took me two months each to read.

Don’t get me wrong, Rick Riordan’s books, especially the Percy Jackson and The Heroes Of Olympus series will ALWAYS be in my heart, but I really struggled to read The Trials Of Apollo. Why? You may ask, Let me explain-

  • The Greek and Roman worlds were already well introduced and established in the first two series
    There was nothing new in this! We already know that California is dangerous for Demigods, yadda yadda, the sudden collapse of the titan’s army in San Francisco, and the new prophecy that was given by newbie oracle Rachael Elizabeth Dare. This all was already well-known.
    When the main protagonist is annoying af, I can never read a book peacefully. Apollo being anarcissist always annoyed me. Not gonna lie, Apollo was the reason I wanted to dnf soo bad, but the typical me never dnfs books, so HELLO READING SLUMP.
  • Jason Grace’s not so graceful death.
    I didn’t read the third book yet (most probably won’t read it anytime soon) but I knew that Jason was gonna die because of Apollo’s dumb mistake all thanks to my friend. WHY? Just WHY? Jason was one of those characters whom I didn’t expect to die and nor did I want to, so it felt like such a low blow.
  • The plot and story line felt a little rushed
    Taking that most of the world and word building was already done, stuff just felt a tiny little bit rushed. Sorry but it felt as if Uncle Rick tried wayy too hard with this one.
  • Most of the new characters weren’t as engaging as the older ones
    As I earlier talked about Apollo, most of the newer characters like Meg weren’t as relatable.

Ok so this post was completely my opinion and it is totally fine if u disagree.


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It was a short post today but I really wanted to get this long overdue rant out in the internet soon. What did you think about The Trials Of Apollo series? Let me know in the comments.

Till Next Time, Stay Safe!

Signing Off,


13 thoughts on “Why I Didn’t Like The Trials Of Apollo (Sorry Uncle Rick)

  1. I agree with this post a lot! I read the first book and it was… okay, I guess, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Rick Riordan’s other books. It just did not feel new or interesting enough, and I really disliked the jokes he added in that were targeted towards younger kids. That wasn’t something he used to do, but recently I’ve seen in a lot fo his writing. I started reading the second book but I only got 5 chapters in before not continuing. 😅

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  2. Agree, this book was unreadable for me. I got maybe fifty pages in before dropping it and never returning to it. I’m someone who loves uniqueness and originality and, the PJ series has all of that. The characters and the plot were both very engaging and they were books I couldn’t put down when I began. I’m not a big fan of all his books after than series with the exception of the Heroes of Olympus and a bit of the Kane Chronicles. I also wasn’t a fan of Magnus Chase, do you like those books?
    You described everything so well and I couldn’t agree more. I didn’t know Jason died but, Apollo was really annoying!

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      1. Yep, exactly! Magnus Chase wasn’t my favorite but, I know a lot of people who really enjoyed it. Oooh, I would highly recommend the Kane Chronicles. Rick wrote that series more earlier and it it was quite interesting ( and a nice change) to see Egyptian mythology instead of Greek.

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  3. I totally agree! After reading Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus for the first time I wanted more. I hoped that the Trials if Apollo would be that… it wasn’t. Apollo is hecka annoying and I didn’t read past the first book. It didn’t have the great characters and charm that I loved from the original.

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  4. I agree, this book was unable to live up to my high expectations. Apollo was annoying too and after the excitement in Heroea of Olympus, with Gaia wakening and all, this book felt… Well flat. You have an awesone site Prutha😍

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  5. It’s almost impossible to like a narcissist Apollo. Apollo the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light. But he was no Narcissus. Narcissus fell in love with his reflection. Apollo was the real thing, totally unlikely to dwell on his good looks. Perhaps therein lies the problem. A protagonist named Apollo should have never been developed as a narcissist. The gods are against it! LOL

    Thanks for your honest review. It helped me to not waste my time on that particular series.

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