The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan Review

This is a book I have been waiting for since I finished the hidden oracle a year ago, now I finally have the book and I have basically done nothing but read the last few days. Anyway it is time for a review.


The Story

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.

Taken from goodreads

My Opinion

One of the things I didn’t like about the first book in the series is Apollo, I didn’t like how annoying his was and after a little while it got a little bit much. In this book you get to see Apollo grow as a person and actually start to understand what it means to care for someone other than himself. He is still like himself with the annoyingness and how many jokes he makes but it is nice to have character growth on a god.

I found the story throughout the book to be gripping and makes you want to find out every little thing that is going to happen for Lester (Apollo) and how he is going to act around his two new companions and what is he going to do when he sees Meg again.

The description is just as great as ever by Rick Riordan, I have never been to Indianapolis before and I have barely even heard of the place but now after reading this book I am sure I am going to have a pretty great idea what the place is going to look like and what is above the station.

There are two relationships in this book I want to quickly mention as well, Leo and Calypso and Apollo and Meg. The relationship between Leo and Calypso is one I don’t really think will turn out well, I don’t see them as a good match as Leo is really joking and doesn’t take a single thing seriously while Calypso is the complete opposite but apparently they seem to make it work for them. Apollo and Meg is another weird one, they act like they hate each other but we get to see both characters grow and by the end you can see just how much they care for one another, this is probably going to be one of the best brother and sister type relationships I have seen and can’t wait for more.

This book is great and in my opinion better then The Hidden Oracle mainly because of the character growth and how much more serious this one seems to be near the end of the book. If you like Rick Riordan then you are going to love this.

Aaron Morrsi

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