Book Review – The Dark Prophecy

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

Summary

(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.

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Book Review – In Calabria

Title: In Calabria

Author: Peter S. Beagle

Genre: Fantasy (adult)

Published: By Tachyon Publications on January 16th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy’s scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

It’s a simple narrative, but at the same time comes off as deep and profound. Maybe it is because of the snatches of poetry and the thoughts of the farmer Claudio Bianchi, or the quiet majestic presence of the immortal unicorn. I went into this book without having read any of Peter S. Beagle’s earlier works, but I’d definitely heard of them. Being such a celebrated author in the circles of fantasy literature, I think I expected a lot more than what the book offered me.

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Recommendations

I’d recommend this book first and foremost to animal lovers, those who enjoy good writing and readers of fantasy looking for a tale that is off the beaten path.

In terms of the music, rustic country or folk music would be the perfect accompaniment.

It is best digested with a cup of warm tea and a hint of oregano or Italian basil in the food, so use this is an excuse to gorge on pastas.

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