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. (Summary and image from goodreads.com)
Review: Summer just demands a good, fun book from Rick Riordan, doesn’t it? Just me? I love his books. I love how accessible he makes the Greek myths, I love how intertwined all of his series are, I just enjoy his writing. Sometimes you just need fluff, hence the summertime need for a Riordan book. This is his newest series, delving back into the Camp Halfblood world from the perspective of a now-mortal Apollo.
Riordan hasn’t sacrificed his protagonist’s ego for his humanity, nor has he made human-Apollo entirely unlikeable. Part of this is the amnesia tool - since becoming human, Apollo can’t remember everything he did as a god - but part of it is the humility that Apollo must require to regain his immortality. While the stories themselves are relatively predictable, I don’t get the feeling that Riordan ever calls it in, and as such, these are always good books to turn to when you’re either in a rut, or when you’re trying to find something to entice a reluctant reader.
I would recommend reading the first two Camp Halfblood series first, as the events in them are heavily referenced. However, this series feels like it’s written for a younger audience than series number two.
Rating: Three and a half stars.
For the Sensitive Reader: Greek swears, references to adultery, betrayal.