Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My Thoughts: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
The Dark Prophecy
(The Trials of Apollo #2)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 414
ISBN: 9781484746424
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Own

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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. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he's gaining in new friendships--with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . . (Goodreads)

I have finally made it to The Dark Prophecy in my journey of reading all of Rick Riordan’s books, and I really can’t believe how much I am enjoying the Trials of Apollo series. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed all the books I’ve read of Rick’s so far, but there’s just something about this series that has really made it stand out. Maybe it’s because the main character is one of the actual Gods? I’m not sure, but whatever it is, I’m hooked!

The Dark Prophecy picks up right where The Hidden Oracle leaves off, and it was super fun to dive right back into the story. The God Apollo is still stuck in the body of a pimply teenage boy, which is something I’m not sure he will ever get used to, and in this sequel we follow him and a fun group of demigods, both old and new, on a journey to find a dangerous Oracle, and a cave that may hold all the answers to his becoming a God again. This story was full of twist and turns that kept me engrossed in the story, and I devoured the book in no time at all. I want nothing more than to get started on The Burning Maze RIGHT NOW, but I’m making myself wait until next month, and hopefully the anticipation won’t kill me.

One thing I love about Rick’s books is that even though they are all completely different series, they’re entwining as well, which means that we get to see our favorite characters from previous books pop up from time to time. You’d think that this would get old, but it totally does not, and I really enjoy visiting with some of these characters again! This is seriously the best. And I love that Apollo, who is in fact a God, has to rely on the help of some of my favorite demigods from previous books. Apollo is a really interesting character, and watching his character growth over the past two books has been kind of insane. I absolutely can’t wait to see what’s next for him and the rest of his crew.

Overall; The Darkest Prophecy was yet another great addition to my Rick Riordan collection, and I am SO ready to move on to The Burning Maze next! After that, besides a few side stories, I will be completely caught up on ALL the books by Rick Riordan! Go me! If you’re a fan of Ricks books, and have not yet started this series, do check it out! I’m really enjoying this series so far.

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