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September 30, 2020

The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo 02) by Rick Riordan

Filed under: Young Adult Fantasy — Suramya Tomar @ 2:39 pm

The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo 02)
by Rick Riordan

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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. . . .

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In the second entry to the trials of Apollo series we rejoin the Apollo/Lester, Leo & Calypso who are on the way to Indiana to find the second Oracle. During the quest they need to depend on each other more often and we learn more about Apollo’s past history with some of the major characters in the books and how that is causing the current mess they all are in. Apollo grows up a bit through the course of the novel and even though he is still self-centered and narcissistic to the core its good to see him start showing empathy towards the other characters. Plus his commentary on House-hold chores is hilarious along with the usual pop-culture references.

The book also briefly references other Pantheon’s so it will be interesting to see if that is expanded in the future books and if we have a crossover or not. Since this is a YA Fantasy the fight scenes are detailed enough to be fun but not so that it’s too gory. However there are a few scenes that younger readers might find a bit frightening. So parents would need to keep that in mind.

The book nicely sets up the next entry into the series and I am really looking forward to reading it.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for any Fantasy book lovers.

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