Synopsis: 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 do anything about them without his powers?
After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo 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. . . .
Genre: Young Adult – Mythology – Fantasy
My thoughts: As always with Rick Riordan, I adored this book. I mentioned it in my review of The HIdden Oracle, but I’ll say it again: Apollo is one of my favorite character Riordan as ever written. He is still so fun, sarcastic and quick-witted. What I love the most is that, of all the Olympians, he seems to be the most normal one. He makes mistake, he is far from perfect, but that’s what makes him human and relatable.
Speaking of which, his human status brings a lot to the story both regarding the plot and the characters. Many of the ones we meet in The Dark Prophecy have a past with the former God, but he doesn’t necessarily remember them. This makes for a very interesting secondary plot that I really enjoyed. Moreover, we can see great progress with Apollo, especially in this second book. He is less and less selfish, and more and more inclined to make decisions he never would have made before. I can’t wait to discover the rest of this series in the coming years so that I can see how this character I love so much will keep evolving.
I also find that, by choosing to focus on a fallen god, Riordan managed to give us a very different story in a very familiar universe. Trials of Appolo real stand out compared to his other series It completes and finishes the Olympians saga, which started with The Lightning Thief in 2006, perfectly.
Regarding the plot, The Dark Prophecy gives us a lot of action and many unexpected developments. So many things happened in this book and we go from action scenes to big reveals at a crazy pace. Riordan knows how to write good entertainment and this book proves that. While listening to the audiobook I was fully immersed in the story and I flew through this book in no time.
My only problem with this book comes from the multiplication of characters. Apollo is millenniums old, so he has many enemies that can come back and haunt him. Which is why there are so many people, with complicated Greek names in this book. It gets confusing and a bit hard to follow at first. But that might also have to do with the audiobook format.
To conclude, I say go read this book and every other book Riordan has ever written. As far as I’m concerned, there is only one of his books I have left to read… but after that, I don’t know what I’ll without his books!
My rating: 4.5/5
Enjoy your reads,