The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

“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. . . .”

 

-Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Hey guys! Allison here. This time it’s not an ARC, but one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.

Stars (Out of 10): 8.5/10

Overall Thoughts: Rick Riordan does it again in yet another amazing, humorous story that is just getting better and better. One of the best parts of the Trials of Apollo series is that, so far, the books have been very contained. They often stick to one location per book with a group of recurring characters. I can’t explain why, but I feel that benefits a story like this better. The characters are a driving force behind the Trials of Apollo and it’s amazing.

The Good: The characters are amazing and are so developed! Apollo’s character development is astounding. What he did in the end blew me away. I didn’t think he could grow so much. It’s just beautiful. The Trials of Apollo also keeps up the habit of embracing diversity, from a same sex kiss to a lesbian couple to Apollo’s amazing very bisexual thoughts. On the other hand, The Dark Prophecy begins to embrace a darker side. It begins to border the young adult genre in certain scenes and I love it! It’s shocking and keeps me hooked.

The Bad: The humor sometimes get’s a little bit too much. At least, it’s not my type of humor at some points. Some parts were underwhelming, but that may have been due to my high expectations of some plot points.

Minor spoilers begin below!

The Characters: Apollo deserves a character development ribbon. He is such an interesting character! He’s a teenager stuck with a bunch of memories that just are beyond his years. Some of his memories are just so dark. I was not expecting to directly have a flashback of him murdering his ex-lover, but I still got one and it was pretty intriguing. Meg continues to be a complex character with motivations that are both complicated and simple. We finally get to see parts of her backstory and I just feel so bad for her. Her story is just so sad. It was fun to see Leo and Calypso again. I’m glad Calypso is getting a fully fleshed out character. I feel bad that the two have to split up. Even the new characters are interesting: Jo and Emmie, ex hunters who left the hunt for love. Just that fact is so beautiful and just shows how strong they are.

The Plot: I find it interesting how all the plots are developing: Apollo is trying to get his godhood back, the triumvirate are terrorizing people and have bad plots that have to do with killing all the oracles, and then Meg’s connection with Nero. This plots all get developed in The Dark Prophecy. The Dark Prophecy also has the book plot rather than the overarching series ones that goes by fast and keeps the reader interested.

Favorite Character: Apollo

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