Series: The Trials of Apollo #2
Published by Penguin Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek & Roman, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 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. . . .
The Dark Prophecy is the second book in Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo series, which is a spin-off of his popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. This novel picks up weeks after the events in the first book. The god Apollo is still trapped in a mortal body and must continue his quest with Leo and Calypso to stop the triumvirate of Roman Emperors who have returned from the dead to take over the world. This novel is funny and filled with lots of action and snark. While it doesn’t come close to being as good as the series that spawned it, I did find the novel quite enjoyable.
Though I found Apollo to be a tad annoying in the first book, he came across as even more likable in book 2. Not only did I find him to be more relatable, but his arrogance became even more charming. While I found Apollo more likable, I still don’t think Leo and Calypso are big enough characters to be his sidekicks. I always liked Leo in Heroes of Olympus, but only is smaller doses than we get here. His jokes fell flat, and he seemed like the odd man out on this adventure. I began wondering what Calypso sees in him, as she came across a lot more mature than Leo. I definitely missed the story taking place at Camp Halfblood. Aside from the main characters, the secondary characters were pretty interesting. In this story, the gang receives help from two former Hunters of Artemis that run a safe house for demigods and the like. It appears that they and their lodgings will make an appearance in future novels, and I can’t wait to discover more about these women.
As for the plot, the story moved at a steady pace but did tend to drag in places. I attribute this more to the dialogue than the actual storyline. A lot of the dialogue was cheesy and felt like filler. I don’t mind the humor in the series, but Apollo’s snarky comments and poetry was a bit too much at times this time around. Luckily, I think other characters from PJ&tO and HoO will team up with Apollo in the third book, which should be interesting. Though this series isn’t my favorite of Riordan’s series, I do like it enough to continue with it and recommend it to fans of his other work.