Title: The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy (Middle Grade)
Published: By Disney Hyperion on May 2nd, 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
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. 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.
Note: This is a spoiler-free review. For my thoughts on the first book in the series, The Hidden Oracle, click here.
In my opinion, Rick Riordan can do no wrong. I’ve loved every one of his books since the Percy Jackson series. So it never came as a surprise to me that I ended up liking this one too. I didn’t know how much I had missed Apollo’s particular brand of humour until I read the haikus at the beginning of each chapter. It has all the familiar components one can expect from Riordan – a talking weapon, unhelpful immortals, crazy villains with funny names and a diverse, unforgettable cast. I still don’t particularly care for Meg and certainly not as much as Lester/Apollo does. But her childhood just broke my heart and I’m beginning to understand, if not empathise. A quick, entertaining and comical read that had me laughing fit to burst in many places but also reduced me to tears in a few, while at the same time being thought-provoking and tackling large themes with finesse.
Here’s a haiku to sum up the book:
Apollo is scared.
He’s good at running away,
But darkness follows.
I would recommend the books to fans of Rick Riordan, MG fantasy, Greek/Roman mythology and history lovers and those looking for excellent LGBT+/racial representation in MG. For the food, take this as an excuse to gorge on the best of Mediterranean cuisine. (Remember to sacrifice a portion of it in the fire though.) Any sort of music can be paired with this book, because Apollo is the god of music, but something sweeping, spectacular and grand would definitely go well with the narcissistic and egoistic but adorable voice of Apollo.
I’m on Twitter and as soon as I finished the book, I tweeted about it. What happened next was something I’d never imagined. Rick Riordan himself quoted my tweet and replied to it! Of course, I screamed internally and flailed like a dramatic fangirl for days after that! Here’s the screenshot:
Moral of the story: Be on Twitter. Miracles happen there. Also, authors are the nicest people on the planet.
Is this book on your TBR? Have you read it? Are you a Rick Riordan fan? Has any author personally replied to you on social media? How did you react? Share your opinions and feels with me in the comments section below.