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Title: The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Published May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781368013772
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Apollo, an awesome god turned awkward mortal, journeys across North America with some demigod friends on a quest to regain Zeus's favor in Book Two of Rick Riordan's uproarious Trials of Apollo series.

30 review for The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    I tried to think of a brilliant plan. Unfortunately, the only thing that came to mind was weeping in terror. What an absolute dork. I love him so much ♥ Honestly, Apollo is hands down my favourite character that Riordan has ever created. I know all of these books have the same light, humourous tone, but none of the others seem to make me laugh so much. Apollo is just so sassy and snarky, and his disdain for humans rings with hilarious truth. I think I like these Apollo stories so much more becaus I tried to think of a brilliant plan. Unfortunately, the only thing that came to mind was weeping in terror. What an absolute dork. I love him so much ♥ Honestly, Apollo is hands down my favourite character that Riordan has ever created. I know all of these books have the same light, humourous tone, but none of the others seem to make me laugh so much. Apollo is just so sassy and snarky, and his disdain for humans rings with hilarious truth. I think I like these Apollo stories so much more because they feel the most unique. Many of the other voices - e.g. Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase - started to blend together after a little while, and their characters were hard to distinguish from one another. And the plots of the other books seemed to move in similar cycles of prophecy-quest-resolution, whereas this and The Hidden Oracle contained more surprises. Did I mention that it's full of laughs? "Oh!" I said. "Um...nah." I leaned against the wall, hoping to look casual, attractive and suave. Unfortunately, I missed the wall. Also, I just kind of love that Apollo is a narcissistic ass. Don't get me wrong, I praised the Percy Jackson series for being all about how a seemingly regular kid discovers he is actually so much more and proceeds to become a hero. This is a great message. But sometimes there is just something so delightful about a character who is definitely NOT a hero and doesn't even pretend to be. In this book, Apollo has left Camp Half-Blood behind and is venturing out to restore Oracles and - hopefully - regain his place on Mount Olympus after Zeus cast him out and made him human. It is full of adventure, haiku and mechanical dragons, as well as some great LGBTQ+ representation (Apollo is, himself, bisexual). I can't wait for more. Quick note: there are spoilers for the Percy Jackson books, so maybe don't read this if you haven't read them yet. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Basically it's just the #1 fact of life that any book in the Camp Halfblood world CAN DO NO WRONG. This was a completely fabulous sequel to The Hidden Oracle! Although I didn't like it quite as much because (A) it wasn't as hilarious, although still funny, and (B) the plot wasn't as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely solid read for me and I think I'm half in love with Apollo -- who is a DORK and narcissist and but what can you do. He's adorable. I think Apollo's ch Basically it's just the #1 fact of life that any book in the Camp Halfblood world CAN DO NO WRONG. This was a completely fabulous sequel to The Hidden Oracle! Although I didn't like it quite as much because (A) it wasn't as hilarious, although still funny, and (B) the plot wasn't as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely solid read for me and I think I'm half in love with Apollo -- who is a DORK and narcissist and but what can you do. He's adorable. I think Apollo's character development is just so fabulous. He's still 100% full of himself and really surprised when the world doesn't revolve around him (this happens to the best of us tbh), but he keeps getting more and more loyal to his demigod companions. And he's utter trash for looking after Meg. And, on occasion, he might even do something self-sacrificial instead of letting everyone else perish in his wake. #lovely I do hate how they ALWAYS give him a rough time though!! I mean, I get it...he's was horrible god. But like he tries so hard and Meg is so mean to him and Calypso and Leo give him 500% a rough time. Althoooooough. That is also what friends are for. And everyone they meet blames him for EVERYTHING. It's actually surprising that he stays in such good spirits about his own godliness when he's cleaning toilets and peeling carrots. I'm still waiting to warm up to Meg though??? I wasn't really invested in her in book #1, and she just continues to be a rude little turnip. I suppose it's meant to be endearing??? I find the actual root vegetable more endearing. I guess I'm a fan of manners and kindness, both of which Meg is allergic to. GREAT THINGS TO EXPECT: • the unexpected; because seriously you have no idea what this book is going to throw at you next • gods on facebook • monsters, murder, and mayhem • booby traps • prophecies that nearly kill you • tofu • mechanical dragons that are designed like lego • a house that only shows you the rooms it wants to and expands when requested • griffins • featuring f/f parent couple • bisexual Apollo • sass • fighting • SASSSSSSSSSS I laughed so much omg. The lines are HYSTERICAL and I think Apollo's tendency to use "god like speech" but then mesh it with modern pop-culture references and narcissistic haikus is just the best thing since cupcakes were invented. I am such a fan omg. He's got a relaly different voice to Percy Jackson too, which is GREAT. And I also love how the structure of these books are less like the PJO books. They're on an adventure that continually unravels, so it's not the same-old-same-old plot set up (get a prophecy, assemble a team, go on a quest, nearly die, etc.) of the PJO books. It's just a bit refreshing and sets them apart. BUT SHOULD YOU BE READING APOLLO IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE PERCY JACKSON BOOKS? Erm. No. There are spoilers for the Percy books. And even that aside, you wouldn't get a lot of the references/characters. ALL IN ALL: this was definitely a hilariously glorious sequel! Maybe it wasn't as fast moving or exciting as other Halfblood books, and maaaaybe it dragged a bit in the middle. But it was still funny and used a LOT of the more obscure Greek myths so I was forced to learn things. How dare it. I'm definitely a huge fan of Apollo!! 10/10 will recommend giving Apollo a cookie and perhaps a break, but also it's hilarious to watch him suffer through being a human. *** QUOTES *** I tried to think of a brilliant plan. Unfortunately, the only thing that came to mind was weeping in terror. I wondered if Meg knew that [names redacted] had been beheaded for letting her escape. I decided not to mention it. If Meg was really curious, she could check their Facebook status updates. "Commodus blames me for his death," I said. "Why?" Meg asked. "Probably because I killed him." "Ah." Leo nodded sagely. "That would do it. "No sweat," Leo said. "I'll handle the first two hundred or so myself, then if I get tired--" "Leo, stop." Calypso gave Emmie an apologetic frown. "He jokes more when he's nervous. He also jokes worse when he's nervous." "I have no idea what you're talking about." Leo inserted carrot fangs into his mouth and snarled. Meg almost choked on her stir-fry. "Oh!" I said. "Um...nah." I leaned against the wall, hoping to look casual, attractive and suave. Unfortunately, I missed the wall. My eyelids fluttered open. I sat up, groaning. When you are the sun god, it's a rare treat to be able to sleep late. Now here I was, a mere mortal, and people kept waking me up at the crack of dawn. I'd spent millennia being the crack of dawn. I was tired of it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arch

    *UPDATE* It's out. We did it guys. We made it through the waiting. And boy, was it worth it. (Full review coming soon!) **** "Expected Publication: 2017" 2017 2017 WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL 2017 UPDATE: On further reflection I've decided to add a handy guide to help you get through this wait. Here are some steps I recommend from experience: -Obsessively re-read The Hidden Oracle -Obsessively re-read the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series -Obsessively re-read every single thing Rick Riordan has *UPDATE* It's out. We did it guys. We made it through the waiting. And boy, was it worth it. (Full review coming soon!) **** "Expected Publication: 2017" 2017 2017 WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL 2017 UPDATE: On further reflection I've decided to add a handy guide to help you get through this wait. Here are some steps I recommend from experience: -Obsessively re-read The Hidden Oracle -Obsessively re-read the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series -Obsessively re-read every single thing Rick Riordan has ever written -Repeat three steps above -Scour the internet for interesting and exciting theories about this book -Read many, many fanfics of the Trials of Apollo -Write many, many fanfics of the Trials of Apollo -Enjoy a brief respite when Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor comes out -Freak out when you see the cover for The Dark Prophecy when it's released -Freak out when you read the excerpt when it's released -Continuously repeat steps 1-3 Interject all of that with a healthy dose of cursing Zeus for not bringing this book to you faster and freaking out every time you realise you're going to have to wait till next year for the book, and you should be good. Hope that helps... I'm going to, yeah you guessed it, re-read the Hidden Oracle...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    More like 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book, I really did. Apollo was hilarious (again). But to be honest, I didn't feel it had anything special or memorable. It was just okay.

  5. 5 out of 5

    P

    “Please get off!” the trooper wailed. “Please and thank you!” I hysterically laughed my ass off while I was reading this book on the BTS. The Dark Prophecy picks up after what happened in The Hidden Oracle. Lester, aka Apollo, teamed up with Leo and his girlfriend and comes to Indianapolis to pursue the prophecy he was bestowed. The tone of this book is as good as the first book but the pace is quite slow. Apollo reminded me of Deadpool talking with readers with his sarcastic tone. His developm “Please get off!” the trooper wailed. “Please and thank you!” I hysterically laughed my ass off while I was reading this book on the BTS. The Dark Prophecy picks up after what happened in The Hidden Oracle. Lester, aka Apollo, teamed up with Leo and his girlfriend and comes to Indianapolis to pursue the prophecy he was bestowed. The tone of this book is as good as the first book but the pace is quite slow. Apollo reminded me of Deadpool talking with readers with his sarcastic tone. His development is promiment and what I have expected. His attitude is frivolous as always, you know, but it's the point of this series why it's so much differrent from the Percy Jackson series despite the fact that it's sharing the same world-building. Leo, on the other hand, is a solid character in this book. Although he is oafish at times, he still got my attention as he did in The Heroes of Olympus. Moreover, the emperor, Commodus, is exactly a narcissistic character that I almost died of laughing, and I think he might be my favorite villain of all time. Meg is one of the best protagonists I've ever seen. From the first half of this book, I thought her character was such a typical heroine, and I had no idea how wrong I was until the very end of this book. She's so intricate ! “He looked like a hallucinating ballerina in boxer shorts,” The griffins are excellent that (view spoiler)[I almost cried when he loses his mate. (hide spoiler)] However, sometimes I didn't get what Lester were talking about, I knew it's all his music or rhyme, but it's also one of the reasons why I didn't enjoy this fully. The ending of this led me to the long wait for the next book. Yet I have a gut feeling it's gonna be as exciting as the fourth book of the Percy Jackson series. “Being productive. Ugh. It's such a human concept. It implies you have limited time (LOL) and have to work hard to make something happen (double LOL).”

  6. 5 out of 5

    April

    Reading a Rick Riordan book is just pure fun.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    Most of you must have gotten by now that I have gotten completely addicted to Rick Riordan. This is the 12th book I have read by him and I read the previous eleven books almost in row. And the thought of any regret didn't even pass before me. Well, for this book it was much better than the last one. It was more gripping and more interesting. The only thing which was missing here was Percbeth!! Annabeth didn't even appear in the last one. She is helping her relative or something....WHATEVER! I Most of you must have gotten by now that I have gotten completely addicted to Rick Riordan. This is the 12th book I have read by him and I read the previous eleven books almost in row. And the thought of any regret didn't even pass before me. Well, for this book it was much better than the last one. It was more gripping and more interesting. The only thing which was missing here was Percbeth!! Annabeth didn't even appear in the last one. She is helping her relative or something....WHATEVER! I really want PERCBETH IN THE NEXT BOOK! It’s not how long you live that matters. It’s what you live for. I loved Apollo! His sense of humour is unique in the entire series. He is changing. But I was enjoying his whining more than this. Anyway, I don't mind how he is doing. >>The scene of revelation of Prophecy here was the best. I loved that. >>In the Blood of Olympus, I was glad that Leo had rescued Calypso. And I was really looking forward to their proper relationship here. But in this book, the spark that should have been in their relationship was drastically missing. I didn't feel liking this ship the way I liked in Heros of Olympus series. >>And...wow! One of my favourite characters from Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is BACK!!!!! Wowowowowow!! Can't wait. Not a chance after the interpretation of the Prophecy. Regardless of the fact, this book follows the formula of previous books, regardless of it being very predictable (at least for me), regardless of everything, I enjoyed this book. How can you not LOL at his humor? He's got a powerful tool to enchant his readers. And that is freakin' humor! P.S So, this is the last book I have read for now. I won't be reading novels for a little long time in future because I am getting very busy. Exams, studies..you know. But I will be reading comics and short stories in this time as they are very short and less addictive than novels. *something is better than nothing* 14 December, 2017

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yasamin Seifaee

    update: 6/4/2017 Wonderful! Riordan did a great job on creating the character Apollo! Can't wait for the next book (╥_╥) The only thing that bothered me a little was the prophecy quest thing that has been a thing in all of Riordan's books. بسیار عالی! باید بگم رایردن با شخصیت آپولو شاهکار کرده و درواقع بهترین شخصیتیه که تا به حال به وجود آورده. تنها چیزی که یه کم اذیتم میکرد این قضیه ی پیشگویی و جست و جو که تو همه ی کتاب های رایردن هست، بود. به غیر از این همه چیز عالی بود. آخ آخ طنزهای آپولو! خیلی خی update: 6/4/2017 Wonderful! Riordan did a great job on creating the character Apollo! Can't wait for the next book (╥_╥) The only thing that bothered me a little was the prophecy quest thing that has been a thing in all of Riordan's books. بسیار عالی! باید بگم رایردن با شخصیت آپولو شاهکار کرده و درواقع بهترین شخصیتیه که تا به حال به وجود آورده. تنها چیزی که یه کم اذیتم میکرد این قضیه ی پیشگویی و جست و جو که تو همه ی کتاب های رایردن هست، بود. به غیر از این همه چیز عالی بود. آخ آخ طنزهای آپولو! خیلی خیلی خوب بود :))) عملا روحم شاد میشد. چیز جالب توجهی که تو کتاب بود، عادی بودن مسائل ال جی بی تی بود و این خیلی خیلی خوبه! واقعا به رایردن بابت چنین کاری افتخار میکنم. البته تو کتاب اول هم شاهد چنین چیزایی بودیم اما به نظرم تو این کتاب بیشتر بود. خلاصه اینکه اگه دو مجموعه ی قبل رو نخوندین بشینین همین مجموعه رو بخونین خیلی خوبه!! (╥_╥) ******** I. NEED. THIS. NOW. *CRIES FOR AN ETERNITY*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I honestly don't know how Rick Riordan's books keep getting funnier but they do somehow. Being in Apollo's head, while annoying at times, is hilarious. I enjoyed this book but didn't *love* it. I think Apollo just doesn't appeal to me as much as Percy or any of the other Demigods, but it's really interesting and entertaining to have a new perspective. I'm excited to see where it goes next!

  10. 4 out of 5

    no

    WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: ● lesbian warriors who gave up immortality to live with each other & build a home open to anybody who doesn't have one ● bisexual main character ● a talking arrow who sprouts bits of shakespearean wisdom randomly (yes he's my favorite character,, riptide who?) LEAVEST THOU WELL BEFORE DAWN. ’TIS A COUNTER-COMMUTE, AYE, BUT THERE SHALL BE CONSTRUCTION ON HIGHWAY THIRTY-SEVEN. EXPECTEST THOU TO TRAVEL ONE HOUR AND FORTY-TWO MINUTES. I narrowed my eyes. “Are you som WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: ● lesbian warriors who gave up immortality to live with each other & build a home open to anybody who doesn't have one ● bisexual main character ● a talking arrow who sprouts bits of shakespearean wisdom randomly (yes he's my favorite character,, riptide who?) LEAVEST THOU WELL BEFORE DAWN. ’TIS A COUNTER-COMMUTE, AYE, BUT THERE SHALL BE CONSTRUCTION ON HIGHWAY THIRTY-SEVEN. EXPECTEST THOU TO TRAVEL ONE HOUR AND FORTY-TWO MINUTES. I narrowed my eyes. “Are you somehow…checking Google Maps?” A long pause. ● a riordan character with a screwed moral compass who goes through HEAPS OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ● Apollo's narrative is genuinely hilarious (and completely different from all of riordan's characters so!! look forward to that!!) “Meg, what I'm about to do - never, ever try this on your own." I felt a bit silly giving this advice to a girl who regularly fought monsters with golden swords, but I had promised Bill Nye the Science Guy I would always promote safe laboratory practices. ● Meg McCaffrey?? why is everyone sleeping on her she's a GODDESS (not a real goddy person) i would trust this 12 year old with my life ● Leo & Calypso are basically main characters and yes their story is everything you could want after BoO and more ((view spoiler)[THEY'RE GOING TO GO TO HIGHSCHOOL TOGETHER I'M (hide spoiler)] ) ● the next book will have the entire squad from Heroes of Olympus and idk about you but that's a reunion i'm not going to miss for a hundred sand dollars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alexxy

    MAY 2017?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    2.5 stars "I, the most important passenger, the youth who had once been the glorious god Apollo, was forced to sit in the back of the dragon." More than once while reading I've had to ponder: Am I getting too old for Percy Jackson? That thought filled me with such terror I had to drink from my Butterbeer cup and gaze up at my wall of Taylor Swift posters to confirm that, yes, I was a stinkin'no-good millennial who blows her money on stupid shit instead helping the economy. But as I read on, I rea 2.5 stars "I, the most important passenger, the youth who had once been the glorious god Apollo, was forced to sit in the back of the dragon." More than once while reading I've had to ponder: Am I getting too old for Percy Jackson? That thought filled me with such terror I had to drink from my Butterbeer cup and gaze up at my wall of Taylor Swift posters to confirm that, yes, I was a stinkin'no-good millennial who blows her money on stupid shit instead helping the economy. But as I read on, I realized the problem wasn't me—well, not all me anyway—it's Apollo. I can't stand the whiny human-god. He was great in small doses like with the previous series, but being in his head for 300+ pages is agonizing. All he does is complain about how great he used to be, then sulk about his powerlessness. I felt like going Kaz Brekker on his ass—"You think you know what pain looks like? Then he would paint a picture for them using his fists." Obviously, this is a very subjective opinion. Lots of reviewers adore Apollo, some actually preferring this series over its predecessors because of him. Stale jokes aside—I didn't laugh out loud once while reading—the other wonderful stoutheart primary character we're supposed to root for is Meg. Rude, bratty, crude Meg. I am in no way putting down her character arc. I think it's awesome that her relationship with Nero represents a soft abusiveness, one based on emotional manipulation and attacking her self-esteem instead of hard fists, and lots of kids and younger teens will be able to relate and learn from it. But as an adult-in-training, I feel it could have been written with more finesse. Basically I've read better. And someone needs to teach Riordan how to properly withhold information without stabbing a big red flag in the narrative soil every time. It was like that in the Heroes of Olympus series, too. A character would think of something foreboding, then right when readers are about to see what the object it, the train of thought snaps off as the characters resolutely thinks, "It can't be THAT monster/Thinking about THAT monster will just make me more scared." Here, the monster's identity is concealed by the Rule of Voldemort—if you say his name, he can and will track you down. There are positives. Thumbs up for diversity in the form of lesbian parents, Apollo's bisexuality/pansexuality, and fleshing out token minorities. The Hidden Oracle, while retaining many of these features, didn't quite handle it as well, so yay improvement! (view spoiler)[Another nod of approval towards Leo and Calypso. They deal with normal relationship problems, even after their flight into the sunset. (Still think Riordan did a 180 on her personality in order to shove them together in The House of Hades, but my babies are undeniably adorable) (hide spoiler)] I'll continue the series because Riordan is the self-deprecating love I keep running back to, but my expectations will remain at a reasonable height below my ankle socks. My review of The Hidden Oracle

  13. 5 out of 5

    Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)

    "Mientras los dioses vivan, todo ese tiempo te amaré". "As long as gods shall live, so long shall I love you". Tras sobrevirir al desastre del Oráculo de Dodona y a la traición de Meg, Apolo debe seguir con su misión de hacer que los demás Oráculos funcionen, se restauren las comunicaciones entre los semidioses y el malvado Triunvirato Romano no se apodere del mundo mortal. Ahora, con la ayuda de Leo (YAY!) y Calypso, Apolo tiene que viajar a Indianápolis, lugar donde las fuerzas perversas del Seg "Mientras los dioses vivan, todo ese tiempo te amaré". "As long as gods shall live, so long shall I love you". Tras sobrevirir al desastre del Oráculo de Dodona y a la traición de Meg, Apolo debe seguir con su misión de hacer que los demás Oráculos funcionen, se restauren las comunicaciones entre los semidioses y el malvado Triunvirato Romano no se apodere del mundo mortal. Ahora, con la ayuda de Leo (YAY!) y Calypso, Apolo tiene que viajar a Indianápolis, lugar donde las fuerzas perversas del Segundo Emperador se están reuniendo para controlar el Oráculo Oscuro, para salvar a antiguos conocidos y escuchar la Profecía Oscura que los guiará en sus aventuras. De todos los personajes que han aparecido en los libros de Rick Riordan, Apolo es de mis favoritos. En su condición de mortal como Lester Papadopoulos y sin ningún tipo de entrenamiento de batalla, Apolo como narrador de la historia es un genio. Sigue deleitándonos con sus comentarios de ex-dios, sus haiku malísimos, sus chistes ñoños y su mala memoria. Es imposible no leer La Profecía Oscura sin reírse un poco, a pesar de todas las tragedias por las que pasan los personajes. Ahora, imagínense un libro en el que Apolo y Leo Valdez interactúan. ¡Oro puro! Nada más que decir. En esta segunda entrega de Las Pruebas de Apolo, Rick Riordan nos adentra mucho más en la mitología romana, en los ires y venires de Apolo miles de años atrás y nos presenta nuevos personajes que aprenderemos a querer. Jo, Emmie, Litierses, Georgie e incluso una pareja de grifos se volverán partes vitales de la historia. De La Profecía Oscura me gustó muchísimo que Rick Riordan nos muestra que Apolo, incluso en su condición anterior de dios, cometió muchísimos errores e injusticias que, ahora, milenios después, vienen a acecharlo y a cobrarle. En este libro, a diferencia de en El Oráculo Oculto, Apolo tiene mucho más los pies en la tierra y asume que debe ganarse de nuevo su inmortalidad por él mismo, pues si bien tiene amigos como Leo, Calypso y Meg, los méritos debe ganárselos con el sudor de su espalda. Y así lo hace, en este libro Apolo toma muchísimo más las riendas de las situaciones y empieza a actuar no sólo preocupándose por sí mismo, sino preocupándose por los demás y sacrificándose si es necesario. La Profecía Oscura es un libro lleno de venganzas, explosiones, muertes, segundas oportunidades y momentos de redención. Con la profecía que nuestros héroes obtienen al final, Rick Riordan abre el camino a siguientes libros más complejos, con más peligros, poderes recuperados y reencuentros de personajes que extrañamos muchísimo de otras sagas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zain Otoom

    Oh my lord O_o I think I've gone blind looking at this cover O_o

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carlos.

    He intentado que me guste este libro. De verdad. Pero no he sido capaz, y no sé qué me pasa últimamente con todo lo que leo de Rick Riordan pero me da muchísima pena no estar disfrutando de sus libros como lo hacía antes. No sé si es porque después de unos... ¿20? libros que he leído de este señor ya he llegado a mi límite, pero es que no los aguanto. No sé. Ya no me hace gracia, no disfruto de sus personajes y las "aventuras" nuevas me parece que están mal hiladas y contadas sin interés, como s He intentado que me guste este libro. De verdad. Pero no he sido capaz, y no sé qué me pasa últimamente con todo lo que leo de Rick Riordan pero me da muchísima pena no estar disfrutando de sus libros como lo hacía antes. No sé si es porque después de unos... ¿20? libros que he leído de este señor ya he llegado a mi límite, pero es que no los aguanto. No sé. Ya no me hace gracia, no disfruto de sus personajes y las "aventuras" nuevas me parece que están mal hiladas y contadas sin interés, como si este señor solo quisiera llegar de un punto a otro de la novela y metiera cosas de por medio para que le salga un libro medianamente largo. El sentido del humor que tanto disfrutaba antes lo veo diluido (por no decir inexistente), y es algo que echo mucho de menos. También quiero decir que ya me pasó con el primero de esta saga. Quizás no lo disfrute tanto porque no dejo de buscar a Percy, a Nico y a Annabeth inconscientemente, y este libro cuenta otra historia. No sé, de verdad que no sé. Rick Riordan siempre ha sido uno de mis autores favoritos, pero últimamente no consigo conectar con él ni con sus libros. Espero que con el tercero de Magnus Chase la cosa cambie un poco. :(

  16. 5 out of 5

    lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)

    EDIT #3: Decided to drop this down to 4 stars because the more I think about it the more I was caught up in my own hype when I gave it 5 stars. I still loved it though!! EDIT #2: Whilst I didn't love this as much as I loved The Hidden Oracle it was still AMAZING. It's no surprise that everything Rick writes is going to be a favourite of mine. Apollo is such a great character and I love his dynamic with Meg so much. I think the reason why I enjoyed THO more was because it was set at Camp Half Blo EDIT #3: Decided to drop this down to 4 stars because the more I think about it the more I was caught up in my own hype when I gave it 5 stars. I still loved it though!! EDIT #2: Whilst I didn't love this as much as I loved The Hidden Oracle it was still AMAZING. It's no surprise that everything Rick writes is going to be a favourite of mine. Apollo is such a great character and I love his dynamic with Meg so much. I think the reason why I enjoyed THO more was because it was set at Camp Half Blood for a majority of the book. The way this ended though has me so pumped for the next book in the series. I CAN'T WAIT. EDIT: IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!! I've never wanted something so badly in my life. The book hangover from The Hidden Oracle is beyond real and I need more!!!!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    I'm so tired of the shameless liberal advertising in books lately. I'm seeing it in nearly every YA book I pick up, but reading it in a middle grade book, a book meant for children, was the last straw. It prompted me to finally write something about this vastly growing issue. There I was, happily content to be reading some fun Rick Riordan mythology again, when suddenly a huge sign with the words LIBERAL BRAINWASHING AHEAD popped up. You know when you're in the middle of watching a YouTube video I'm so tired of the shameless liberal advertising in books lately. I'm seeing it in nearly every YA book I pick up, but reading it in a middle grade book, a book meant for children, was the last straw. It prompted me to finally write something about this vastly growing issue. There I was, happily content to be reading some fun Rick Riordan mythology again, when suddenly a huge sign with the words LIBERAL BRAINWASHING AHEAD popped up. You know when you're in the middle of watching a YouTube video and a thirty second ad interrupts that just about ruins the whole video? Yeah, that's how it felt when Riordan decided to throw some of his political views into this book. The worst part is this book is for kids. Children are reading this. Children as young as eight should not be subject to adult matters - such as a lesbian couple, which this book promoted in chapter six. Would people be okay if someone wrote about a drag queen in a children's book? What if child characters went to a strip club? No? Then why, I ask, is it okay to put a lesbian couple, portray two women living together, and promote your own shameless political agenda, in a book meant for young, easily impressionable minds? Whether you support the LGBT+ community or not is beside the point. People have the right to hold whatever opinions they want. But I think all adult matters should be kept out of kids' entertainment, and it's horrible when adults try to sneak it in because they think it's "funny" or they're trying to push their own personal agenda. War, alcoholism, suicide, sex, prostitution, or any other adult things should not be put in children's books. Adults keep those topics away from children for a reason - they're too much for them to handle. And I don't think sexual identification should be put in children's books either, when the young minds reading them haven't even begun to develop sexually yet. Look, my whole problem wasn't even that there were gay characters in this book. My problem was that Riordan was so obviously including them just for the sake of "representation." Representation of different groups is a great thing, and I love when I come across a genuinely diverse book… but when the author is trying so hard to make their book diverse to earn brownie points, it comes across as unnatural and takes away from the story. Anyway, the gay thing is so overdone by now it's getting ridiculous. It's one thing when you have an actual gay character like Radu from And I Darken and it makes sense for them to be gay. But when you throw in a gay character just to get your LGBT+ brownie points and they're only in the book for, like, two seconds? If I were gay, I would be insulted by this "representation." Please, move on to something new.

  18. 5 out of 5

    samantha (books-are-my-life20)

    I always enjoy reading the books written by Rick Riordan. The stories flow well and the characters are are well developed and thay always make me laugh. I really liked how this book was put together. I was really addicted and could not put the book down at all. He still the best imagination ever. How does he still come up with this stuff? Always an adventure. Best teacher I ever had. And will probably have until i'm like 45 lol.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bhavik (Semi Hiatus)

    Final Review (May add more later) : *spoiler alert!* OMFG...how much I had missed it! All the characters new and old...even the Villain they all brought so much fun! Leo and Calypso were amaze! Apollo ofcourse was funny as usual! Although 1st book was a tad bit better and yet I did enjoy it! (Gonna stop here now coz net may stop any moment sigh) Edit 1 : ASDFDFHHG THE DAY OF RECKONING IS HERE. I AM NOT PREPARED. CANT WAIT TO HAVE IT IN MY HANDS!!! <3 [Bringing you this update before it gets entangled in Final Review (May add more later) : *spoiler alert!* OMFG...how much I had missed it! All the characters new and old...even the Villain they all brought so much fun! Leo and Calypso were amaze! Apollo ofcourse was funny as usual! Although 1st book was a tad bit better and yet I did enjoy it! (Gonna stop here now coz net may stop any moment sigh) Edit 1 : ASDFDFHHG THE DAY OF RECKONING IS HERE. I AM NOT PREPARED. CANT WAIT TO HAVE IT IN MY HANDS!!! <3 [Bringing you this update before it gets entangled in ACOWAR posts] Edit 12 MORE FREAKING DAYS ASSDFDGFHJFGJHK *cries and dies of waiting * Oh Boy. 4. MORE. MONTHS. AARGHH.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Belinda (TheBookBuddies)

    Still funny and entertaining, but not as funny and entertaining as book one. I was a little disappointed because one of my favorite aspects of book one was that Apollo interacted with his kids, and I was fully expecting a couple of them to join him on this quest (namely Will with Nico tagging along). And while I did get familiar faces none of his kids joined him. However, many new characters are introduced who I grew to like. Then we have one of my babies who finally returned. (view spoiler)[Oh L Still funny and entertaining, but not as funny and entertaining as book one. I was a little disappointed because one of my favorite aspects of book one was that Apollo interacted with his kids, and I was fully expecting a couple of them to join him on this quest (namely Will with Nico tagging along). And while I did get familiar faces none of his kids joined him. However, many new characters are introduced who I grew to like. Then we have one of my babies who finally returned. (view spoiler)[Oh Leo, how I've missed you. Calypso is cool too, but Leo is my baby. (hide spoiler)] Meg returns of course and she's grown on me even more in this book. Actually, one of my favorite aspects of this book was Apollo and Meg's friendship. Different from book one in which all Meg does is boss Apollo around they have evolved into a camaraderie where they work together. Meg will still sometimes say a command, but it's not out of cruelty or punishment. Apollo genuinely cares about Meg, and vice versa, and having them protect one another warms my heart. And Apollo, oh man, you're still so egotistical and funny. He's the tiniest bit less self-centered, but he still mostly believes the world revolves around him. I think it's because he's used to riding the sun chariot, and the Earth revolves around the sun (and therefore him). Still he shows compassion. He has regrets and cares for those around him. The quest in this book, while interesting, was not one of my favorites. The next quest seems like it will be more entertaining. Especially because we'll get to see even more of my babies! (view spoiler)[ALSO GROVER IS HERE!!!!! I've missed Grover and I honestly can't wait to see how he'll deal with the troublesome duo of Apollo and Meg lmao. I'm sure he'll have his work cut out for him with this escort. Bad shit will definitely go down. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tina ➹ Lives in Fandoms (Book.enchantress)

    4.5 golden stars/5 omg! this book was awesome! Rick writes AMAZING & he adds everything needed to make a book INTERESTING!😍 (fun, adrenaline, feels) last few chapters was AWESOME! & last page was just: YAAAS!😍 (tho the first pages were a bit down.) Can't wait to read the next one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    oh man this is only the second book in a five-books series and shit is already hitting the fan really fun installment. apollo is such a humorous, entertaining, and surprisingly likable narrator. great new cast of characters introduced in this book. v exciting, kind of complicated plotline. all in all, good stuff, uncle rick. video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3tvJ...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Georgina

    ✨4 stars✨ I’d like Rick Riordan to write my life please. Is that possible? Pretty please with karpos thrown peaches on top? His writing is so captivating and I know that technically it’s aimed at a slightly younger audience than me but like sorry what? Didn’t hear you over how much I bloody adore the mythological world he’s created. Apollo remains to be such a walking, talking, wonderful contradiction. But he’s working on it, going from a god to a spotty mortal teen, slowly coming to terms with t ✨4 stars✨ I’d like Rick Riordan to write my life please. Is that possible? Pretty please with karpos thrown peaches on top? His writing is so captivating and I know that technically it’s aimed at a slightly younger audience than me but like sorry what? Didn’t hear you over how much I bloody adore the mythological world he’s created. Apollo remains to be such a walking, talking, wonderful contradiction. But he’s working on it, going from a god to a spotty mortal teen, slowly coming to terms with that and growing to be a better person. His character development is most prominent in his friendship with Leo and Calypso- going from merely putting up with them and arguing with Cal at every turn, to tearing up when talking about leaving them (not that he’d admit it, though). Also, his eventual understanding that mortal lives are worth a hell of a lot more than he (and all the other gods) give them credit for. Who’d have thought he would go from the Apollo he was at the start of the series to the Apollo who willingly offers himself as a sacrifice multiple times in order to save Meg, whatta babe. Can we please talk about Leo and Cal: I know I’m always a sucker for cute couples, but there’s something about these two that just makes me feel so happy. I guess it’s because throughout the series’ we’ve got to know them so well, but every little moment with Leo made me smile because he !! deserves !! the !! world !! He’s such a sweetheart, and the thought of him and Cal being looked after at the Waystation, going to school and getting to live slightly more normal lives feels so bloody right. What could be more fulfilling in a story than a fire boy, his magical island girlfriend, and his giant bronze dragon living happily and safely?! That’s all I ask, Riordan, all I ask. Lityerses may be one of my new favourite characters, which probably sounds a bit weird, but I love a good redemption-and-second-chance type character, and to be quite honest I even liked him before he turned on Commodus. What can I say, I always end up loving the villains. Emmie and Jo are the absolute sweetest, I adore the fact that they are these gentle badasses, with their gentle badass little girl (who shares a name with me, making her the most powerful and brilliant character in the book in my eyes, duh), and honestly I kinda want to go and live with them in the Waystation, looking after griffins and living my best life. I adored Apollo’s understanding of the abuse Meg suffered from Nero, his handling of it was so soft and important and I love how he doesn’t rush her at any point- it truly is about her wellbeing and working on her trust and beliefs, and it’s just so carefully and well put together. The action was pretty much nonstop, there were no dull parts, nothing I would consider to be filler, and I really enjoyed reading it. There’s something so incredibly fun about Riordan’s writing, and I always come out of it feeling so enriched with knowledge about mythology and excited to read more. Grover reappearing at the end genuinely made me sit up and squeal (really loudly, much to my sleeping cat’s surprise), I’m currently waiting for my copy of the next book to arrive in the post so I’m pondering over who I think the third emperor could be, and thinking of ways that Commodus will appear again (I’m thinking he’s going to just randomly jump out from under a table screaming bloody murder at some point, so I guess we’ll see). I’m just so ridiculously enthralled in Apollo’s trials, and I can’t wait to start the next book. Hopefully uni reading doesn't get in the way, because I'm so invested in Apollo and I'll be real sad if I end up not finishing this series for months (@ the gods: please let uni reading be fairly painless k thx bye).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    4.5 ☆ QUE FINAAAAAAAAL. No me gustó tanto como el primero, pero lo disfruté muchísimo de todas formas. La evolución que ha tenido Apolo es mi cosa favorita en el mundo, me encanta como narrador y con este libro se ha convertido en un personaje muy especial e incluso puedo decir que uno de mis favoritos del autor. Amo la fluidez de los capítulos, las aventuras nunca se perciben aburridas y ninguno de los nuevos personajes me pasó indiferente. Y la naturalidad con la que representa la comunidad LGBT 4.5 ☆ QUE FINAAAAAAAAL. No me gustó tanto como el primero, pero lo disfruté muchísimo de todas formas. La evolución que ha tenido Apolo es mi cosa favorita en el mundo, me encanta como narrador y con este libro se ha convertido en un personaje muy especial e incluso puedo decir que uno de mis favoritos del autor. Amo la fluidez de los capítulos, las aventuras nunca se perciben aburridas y ninguno de los nuevos personajes me pasó indiferente. Y la naturalidad con la que representa la comunidad LGBT es un punto extra. (view spoiler)[ GRACIAS RICK POR NO SOBREPASARTE CON CALEO. Mi mayor miedo de The Dark Prophecy era tener que aguantar un puñado de escenas entre estos dos personajes, con lo cual estaban garantizadas mis ganas de vomitar. Pero oh, mi alegría es enorme en este momento, ya que pude leer a Leo Valdez y recordar cuanto lo amo sin que Calypso arruinara cada momento (o casi cada momento, aun la odio y la quiero lejos, bueno). (hide spoiler)] Con todo el hype para la tercera entrega, si me da algo de Jason es seguro que voy amar The Burning Maze.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    What the f*ck? 2017? Are u kidding me Riordan? 2017?!!! You know what? I NEED A DRINK.

  26. 4 out of 5

    William

    This book is such an absolute delight. It's one of those things in life you thought you really didn't need until it enters your life and proves you completely wrong. Then, you vociferously realize that you need more of it, NOW. In a world where hatred, suffering, and oppression seem to proliferate exponentially (at least in the news, no thanks to the orange cheeto occupying the white house and his enablers in the house and senate), this book is a much-needed tonic of unbridled laughter, sass, an This book is such an absolute delight. It's one of those things in life you thought you really didn't need until it enters your life and proves you completely wrong. Then, you vociferously realize that you need more of it, NOW. In a world where hatred, suffering, and oppression seem to proliferate exponentially (at least in the news, no thanks to the orange cheeto occupying the white house and his enablers in the house and senate), this book is a much-needed tonic of unbridled laughter, sass, and joy. The book is low-stakes (in terms of stress) while being completely unpredictable. Again, didn't realize how much I needed that. It is no secret that Rick Riordan has a magical gift for writing characters that one learns to grow and care deeply about (why I am such a big fan of him). And he does it again in this series. I LOVE THE CHARACTER OF APOLLO SO MUCH. <3 I am just so invested in all of these rad, beautiful characters in this messy, incredible world that Riordan has created. ALL OF THE MEMORIES AND FEELS. (For those who have not read the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, reading these books will give you major spoilers. You must go read them. Now.) I think the older I get, the more I grow to appreciate how radical a project that Riordan has undertaken--to write stories where people of color, womxn, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized peoples are normalized and celebrated. That everyone can be a fantastic demigod, hero, or even a god. And along the way, Rick Riordan teaches me so much about mythology without me ever even realizing it. As Roxane Gay puts it, "we deserve to be entertained even as the world burns. There is enough room in our collective imagination to care about the fate of the world and" the fate of Apollo and the whole motley crew. And care we do. before reading Q: why do I ALWAYS read Rick Riordan books right when they come out?! I should stop that practice because it ALWAYS ends up with me staring at the next release date like this: *crying at the 1 year wait*

  27. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Dianna ✨ (mylifeasannaidreading)

    HITTEST ME WITH THY BEST SHOT! Calypso edged toward the griffins. I followed behind her—not because I was scared to lead, mind you. Everyone knows that when advancing into danger, the soprano goes first. They are your infantry, while the altos and tenors are your cavalry, and the bass your artillery. I’ve tried to explain this to Ares a million times, but he has no clue about vocal arrangement. It has been months since I've read a really entertaining book and I've forgotten just how easy Rior HITTEST ME WITH THY BEST SHOT! Calypso edged toward the griffins. I followed behind her—not because I was scared to lead, mind you. Everyone knows that when advancing into danger, the soprano goes first. They are your infantry, while the altos and tenors are your cavalry, and the bass your artillery. I’ve tried to explain this to Ares a million times, but he has no clue about vocal arrangement. It has been months since I've read a really entertaining book and I've forgotten just how easy Riordan can make me laugh. This book certainly did not fall short of my expectations! I've been a fan of Riordan since The Lightning Thief days and I found this to be oddly nostalgic (not that the other books weren't but...you know) and satisfyingly awesome. Better than the first book in this series too. Now I just realized how badly I miss Riordan's Greek-Roman world. I just absolutely adore Apollo's character development here and how his relationships with other people got better when he's not a jackass. Can't wait to read The Burning Maze because we now have a cover, people!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Ghost

    English review at bottom. Spoiler alert. Rereading this in the #ReadRiordanBookClub for March, 2018. RESEÑA DE RELECTURA! Olvida todo lo que dije sobre TDP la primera vez que lo leí. Es una maravilla. Dejo el review original porque me gusta a pesar de que ya no comparto estos sentimientos con el yo del 2017. RATING ORIGINAL: 3 estrellas RESEÑA ORIGINAL! "As long as Gods shall live, so long shall I love you" Voy a manejar porcentajes en este review porque me siento matemático af. Ok, para empezar, debo de English review at bottom. Spoiler alert. Rereading this in the #ReadRiordanBookClub for March, 2018. RESEÑA DE RELECTURA! Olvida todo lo que dije sobre TDP la primera vez que lo leí. Es una maravilla. Dejo el review original porque me gusta a pesar de que ya no comparto estos sentimientos con el yo del 2017. RATING ORIGINAL: 3 estrellas RESEÑA ORIGINAL! "As long as Gods shall live, so long shall I love you" Voy a manejar porcentajes en este review porque me siento matemático af. Ok, para empezar, debo decir que este libro no me gustó. No. Lo siento. Pero en un 75% del libro no pASÓ NADA! Nada. De verdad que estoy decepcionada del resultado. La espera y relectura de The Hidden Oracle (al que sí le di las 5 estrellas porque es perfecto) me subieron muchísimo más las expectativas de The Dark Prophecy, y aquí estamos: yo, dándole 2/3 estrellas a otra novela y ustedes leyendo mis reseñas hater de libros que en teoría debí amar. Ahora sí comenzaré. "You don't have to be a god. Just do your best to your friends" Apollo: Honestamente, Apollo ya me cansó. Lo amo y siento una gratitud inmensa a él por ser mi godly daddy pero, ya me cansé. Este fue él durante el libro: 25% renegando de su condición mortal y queriendo ser un dios de nuevo porque ser humano apesta; 25% llorando por sus amores perdidos; 50% vomitando. Ese es él. Aunque debo decir que esas cosas lo hacen un personaje real y creíble, pero, hasta ahí. Creo que cinco libros es mucho. No sé, últimamente nada me sorprende. Otra cosa, yo AMO A LOS LGBT+! Los amo. Pero ya, Rick, un 80% de la población en sus libros es comunidad lgbt+, ya casi no quedan heterosexuales en el Riorduniverso o como se llama. En TDP, están Apollo, mas gay que la vaina; (view spoiler)[Commodus, también fue un amor secreto de Apollo y eso hasta cierto punto me gustó. También tenemos esta lesbian ex-hunters couple conformada por Josephine y Emmie quienes me parecieron cute, hasta cierto punto, y por último, tenemos a Tall, Dark and Jimmy, quién tiene novia, pero obvio, Apollo es pato y se la pasa atrás de los tipos guapix (hide spoiler)] . "He jokes more when he's nervous. He also jokes worse when he's nervous" (view spoiler)[Honestamente, Leo y Calypso me decepcionaron muchísimo. Cuando Leo volvió en THO me emocioné porque era uno de mis favoritos en HOO y había regresado corregido y aumentado pero al parecer, prefiere estudiar con Calypso que seguir con sus aventuras semidiosas. Jason Grace o Percy Jackson lo llaman a él. Desde que se consiguen novio lo que están pendientes es de estudiar. Después dicen que no son comandados por ellas. Por eso tengo novio ;) Para que no me mande a estudiar porque él tampoco lo hace. Como sea, espero que recapaciten y regresen porque no me pueden dejar a Apollo solito. (hide spoiler)] "I cannot give up, Apollo/Meg needs me" Meg: Amo a Meg pero aquí no tanto. No sé, perdió su esencia. La amo y espero que tenga un hermoso destino como Persephone o algo, no sé, ya no sé ni qué esperar de Rick. Nada. Nada de nada. (view spoiler)[Me gustó esa escena en la que están en la cueva de Trophonious y Apollo tiene que sacar los espíritus de la profecía de Meg y se besan <3 FUE LO MÁS HERMOSO DEL MUNDOOOOOO, me encantó! Creo que fue lo que más me gustó de todo. Honestamente no estaba esperando un beso Apollo-Meg o como se llame el ship porque creo que nadie estaba esperando un rising ship, pero bueno, ajá, fue bello. (hide spoiler)] De todas formas la amo y amo sus maneras de ser y pensar. Eso de usar chia y el miedo a las serpientes me encanta <3 "We only fail when we stop trying" El plot: No me gustó el plot, ni el villano, ni nada de eso. Commodus prometía pero después si lo que quería era dominar una ciudad entera, me pareció que le faltó maldad. No sé, él no me gustó. Me gustó el arco de transformación de Lityerses, me gustó mucho. De verdad me hizo pensar sobre el último encuentro que tuve con Lit en The Lost Hero y ha cambiado y crecido mucho. Lo amo. De resto, nada rescatable, solo Agamethus que me encanta por ser un fantasma sin cabeza y que usa una Magic 8 Ball para predecir el futuro. (view spoiler)[Otra cosa, ¿hasta cuándo, Rick, vas a seguir resucitando personajes viejos a los que la fandom extraña pero tú no quieres y solo los guardas para después? El regreso de Percy y Leo en The Hidden Oracle fue lo máximo, el de Annabeth en The Sword of Summer fue lo máximo, pero, ¿Thalia y Grover? ¿Un montón de años después? ¿Se te están acabando los recursos o se te está secando el cerebro? Y hasta donde entendí, en The Burning Maze van a volver todos los romanos de lo que no me quejo porque los amo, de pana, ya. (hide spoiler)] "The longer you live, the weirder the world gets" Pero en fin, fue una buena lectura que pude terminar más rápido pero estoy buen estúpido y tengo que ir a clases. Volveré a verte, papá, en un par de meses. Gracias por todo, Apollo y Rick por salvarme en los días de escuela pensando en avestruces con cascos. REREAD REVIEW! Forget everything i said about TDP the first time i read it. It's a masterpiece. I don't delete my original review because i liked it even though i don't share this 2017-me-thoughts anymore. ORIGINAL RATING: 3 stars ORIGINAL REVIEW! "As long as Gods shall live, so long shall I love you" I'm going to handle percentages in this review because I feel mathematician af. Ok, for start with, I must say I didn't like this book. I'm not sorry. But in 75% of the book NOTHING happened! Nothing happened. I'm really disappointed in the result. The waiting and rereading of The Hidden Oracle (which I gave the 5 stars because it's perfect) I got much higher expectations of The Dark Prophecy, and here we are: I, giving 2/3 stars to another novel and you reading my hater reviews of books that in theory I should have loved. Now I'll begin. "You don't have to be a god. Just do your best to your friends" Apollo: Honestly, Apollo already tired me. I love him and I feel immense gratitude to him for being my godly daddy but, I'm tired. This was him during the book: 25% denying his mortal condition and wanting to be a god again because being human sucks; 25% crying for his lost loves; 50% vomiting. That's him. Although I must say that these things make a real and credible character, but, enough. I think five books is a lot. I don't know, lately nothing surprises me. Another thing, I LOVE LGBT+! I love them. But now, Rick, 80% of the population in his books is lgbt + community, and there are almost no heterosexuals in the Riorduniverse or whatever it's called. In TDP, there's Apollo, the gayest gay in gayland; (view spoiler)[Commodus, was also a secret love of Apollo and that to a certain extent I liked it. We also have this lesbian ex-hunters couple formed by Josephine and Emmie who I found cute, to a certain extent, and finally, we have Tall, Dark and Jimmy, who has a girlfriend, but obviously, Apollo is a dick and goes behind the handsome guys everywhere (hide spoiler)] . "He jokes more when he's nervous. He also jokes worse when he's nervous" (view spoiler)[ Honestly, Leo and Calypso were very disappointed. When Leo returned in THO I was thrilled because he was one of my favorites in HOO and had come back corrected and increased but apparently he prefers to study with Calypso to continue with his demigodly adventures. I'mma call him Jason Grace or Percy Jackson. Since they got girlfriends they're always studying. Then they say that they are not commanded by them. That's why I have a boyfriend;) Cuz he doesn't pushes me to study because he doesn't either. Anyway, I hope they reconsider and return because they cann't leave my Apollo alone (hide spoiler)] "I can not give up, Apollo/Meg needs me" Meg: I love Meg but now not that much. I don't know, she lost her essence. I love her and I hope she has a beautiful destiny like Persephone or something, I don't know, I don't even know what to expect from Rick. Nothing. Nothing at all. (view spoiler)[I liked that scene where they are in the cave of Trophonious and Apollo has to take out spirits of prophecy from Meg and they kiss <3 IT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN THE WOOOORLD <3, I loved it! I think it was what I liked most of all. I honestly wasn't expecting an Apollo-Meg kiss or whatever the ship is called because I think no one was expecting a rising ship, But hey, haha, it was beautiful (hide spoiler)] Anyway, I love her and I love her ways of being and thinking. "We only fail when we stop trying" The plot: I didn't like the plot, nor the villain, nor any of that. Commodus promised, but then if only he wanted to dominate an entire city, it seemed to him that he need to be more evil. I don't know, I didn't liked him. I liked the transformation arc of Lityerses, I liked it a lot. It really made me think about the last encounter I had with Lit in The Lost Hero and he has changed and grown a lot. I love him. But, nothing salvageable in the rest, only Agamethus that I love him for being a headless ghost that uses a Magic 8 Ball to predict the future. (view spoiler)[ Another thing, how long, Rick, are you going to keep resurrecting old characters that the fandom misses but you don't like and you just keep them for later? The return of Percy and Leo in The Hidden Oracle was the best, Annabeth in The Sword of Summer was awesome, but,  Thalia and Grover? A lot of years later? Are you running out of resources or is your brain drying up? And as far as I understand, in The Burning Maze all the Romans are coming back from what I do not complain because I love them (hide spoiler)] "The longer you live, the weirder the world gets" But anyway, it was a good read that I could finish faster but I'm really stupid and I have to go to classes. I'll see you again, Dad, in a couple of months. Thanks for everything, Apollo and Rick for saving me on school days thinking about ostriches with helmets.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna Luce

    Rating: 5 Riordan showcases once again his best skills: an irresistibly engaging narrator, funny and snarky side characters, embarrassing and dangerous scenarios, and an abundance of humor. Infused with allusion to classical mythology and other historical events, the plot is fast-paced and follows Apollo and his friends through a series of tests and other obstacles: he encounters two admirable former Hunters, a certain glass-eyed toughie and plenty of demigods. Apollo's mis-adventures are engross Rating: 5 Riordan showcases once again his best skills: an irresistibly engaging narrator, funny and snarky side characters, embarrassing and dangerous scenarios, and an abundance of humor. Infused with allusion to classical mythology and other historical events, the plot is fast-paced and follows Apollo and his friends through a series of tests and other obstacles: he encounters two admirable former Hunters, a certain glass-eyed toughie and plenty of demigods. Apollo's mis-adventures are engrossing: it isn't all fun and games, in fact Riordan manages to incorporate rather sensitive issues without ever interrupting the story's upbeat momentum. *sees the expected publication* *thinks about The Hidden Oracle* May? May 2017? Okay...I can wait. I am totally okay with waiting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ambsreads

    FIND ALL MY REVIEWS FOR THE TRIALS OF APOLLO ON MY BLOG The Dark Prophecy is the second book in the Trials of Apollo, a series focusing on the god Apollo who has been cast down to Earth as a mortal and forced to complete a quest to save everyone. I have a review up for the first book, the one before this review on my blog. I will also warn that there may be a few minor spoilers for book one, but if you’re not too bothered by that then read ahead, friends! The Dark Prophecy may be my least favourit FIND ALL MY REVIEWS FOR THE TRIALS OF APOLLO ON MY BLOG The Dark Prophecy is the second book in the Trials of Apollo, a series focusing on the god Apollo who has been cast down to Earth as a mortal and forced to complete a quest to save everyone. I have a review up for the first book, the one before this review on my blog. I will also warn that there may be a few minor spoilers for book one, but if you’re not too bothered by that then read ahead, friends! The Dark Prophecy may be my least favourite of Rick Riordan’s books ever. It was just not enjoyable for me. I felt the storyline just fell flat. There wasn’t as much going on and at times it felt that nothing was furthering this story. It was annoying, honestly, and made for a relatively boring plot line. I mean, there were some interesting points but at some points, I felt that there were too many storylines happening within this particular one. The second book in the Trials of Apollo picks up soon after the first book. We have Leo, Calypso and Apollo ride off on Festus, a mechanical dragon that Leo helped in The Heroes’ of Olympus. Apollo must defeat the next emperor in order to reclaim his oracle. Honestly, I don’t have much of an idea of what really went down in this book. I was pretty confused and I’m not sure if it’s because I read the book fast or simply because it wasn’t explained well. I feel that Rick Riordan really used his name to push this crappy book through. L I K E S ✗ FAST STORYLINE I realize I did just complain about this but the storyline was fast. It was action filled and I think that’s what led to a lot of my confusion throughout the book. I typically love when a lot happens in a book but I just wish that this one had slowed down a little. Maybe it’s because I’m older but I just feel like these characters deserve a nice nap. I also got lost in the Greek/Roman mythology and kept jumbling them. Reading back I realized that this should be in dislikes but I did enjoy the storyline. ✗ GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT Every character but our lead had some great character development. They’re all growing and realizing things (wow, Kylie Jenner is up in here). A lot of characters come to a standstill in Rick Riordan’s second books, in my opinion, but I feel like the cast, overall, was being pushed forward which made for an obviously more enjoyable story. ✗ A F/F COUPLE Why did one of my favourite couples have to be in the worst books? I have a theory that f/f couples are literally the best to read about. They always make me giddy and the couple in The Dark Prophecy was no different. Emmie and Josephine are ex-Hunters of Artemis who fell in love with each other and left. It is bittersweet. They take care of the Waystation now, where Hunters drop in every now and again and help care for them. I loved it. Their added storyline was one that made me really happy to read, but also really sad. I’m still stoked that there was an f/f couple. If only Rick Riordan would put one at the centre of his books. There aren’t enough in fiction, especially YA and middle grade. D I S L I K E S ✗ FELT LIKE ALL THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT THAT APOLLO HAD THE LAST BOOK DISAPPEARED This has to be my biggest complaint. Obviously, we’ve already read one book from Apollo’s perspective, but it felt that everything he had done in the past book was gone. It had literally disappeared and he no longer cared again. It just felt like we were starting from scratch. At times his voice throughout the novel grated on me as well. I read all three books very close together and this was the only one that did that to me. Apollo is obviously going to be a jerk and will not change 100% by the end of this series, I’m just still so annoyed because he had gained some sense of caring throughout The Hidden Oracle and The Dark Prophecy had it gone. I did not read a whole book to have my time wasted in a second, no way. ✗ AT TIMES IT FEELS LIKE THE CHARACTERS FROM OTHER BOOKS TAKE OVER THE STORY I can see what Rick Riordan is trying to do, he’s trying to show fans of his other series the happy endings of the previous characters they wrote. However, it just felt weak at times. Maybe it’s because I don’t care about either Leo or Calypso but it felt that at times their bickering and post-war romance took over. I really didn’t care. Obviously, the previous book had included Percy Jackson, which I had no problems but, it just felt different here. It really just felt like Rick Riordan was trying too hard, that he had no idea what he was doing throughout this book. Overall, The Dark Prophecy isn’t a bad book despite all my complaining. I did enjoy it but after reading every other of Rick Riordan’s books it just didn’t live up to the standards I had for this. I don’t know if it’s the voice of Apollo completely or simply the fact that I’m a picky bitch. Who knows, hopefully, the third book is better or I may just have to give up on this series. Also, if you're looking to buy any books over at Book Depository, feel free to use my affiliate link! I gain a small 5% commission at no extra cost to you, and it really helps me out!.

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