Review! The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan



PHEW! I am so happy to see 2017 get over with. Boy, it was a tough year for me. I am super happy to turn the page and welcome 2018 with open arms. I plan to make this year a great one! How about you?

But, I digress…


What are you looking at?

OOOOOH the new blog look! Pretty snazzy isn’t it?

I thought since I am a mature young gentleman of 16 I should update my seven year old blog (finally) 😉

I am also going to be introducing a new regular feature on my blog next week! I am pretty excited about it. I can’t wait to tell you what it is!

But first – what better way to start the new year than with a review of a Rick Riordan book?!?

The Dark Prophecy
The Trials of Apollo #2 (see #1)
By Rick Riordan
432 pages – ages 9+
Published by Disney Hyperion on May 2, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “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/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again–if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo’s way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies–some familiar, some new–from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride….”

What I Thought-  It is no secret I am a HUGE fan of Riordan’s work. But to be fair, I was very hesitant when this series was introduced back in 2016. I kind of thought he should have let the world of Percy Jackson lie and move on, as much as I wanted more of Percy Jackson’s world, I was scared of running across a “jump the shark” moment with the characters I grew up with. Even after the first book in this series, I was hesitant, just waiting for Riordan’s writing to become stale for me. I take it back. This book captures everything that I love in Riordan as a writer. It is excellently written, totally original, and the plot blew me away. I enjoyed Apollo’s growth as a character. He is really starting to become enjoyable. The reader sees him slowly become a better person in his crusades. Riordan captures the imagery of of the story and burns it into the reader’s mind. Once again we are treated to the clash of mythology and modern times in a rip rolling adventure that will keep anyone entertained.  I really enjoyed reading this, and look forward to more of Apollo’s trials. If you like Rick Riordan’s books, than you will love this, but it is best to start with book one.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+

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9 replies

  1. I love your new blog look!!!

  2. Nice updated look,Eriik. Hoping 2018 is a better one for you 👍🏻

  3. What a great blog look! It represents all of your interests and you! Enjoyed your recommendation on Riordan’s Trials of Apollo. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about transitioning to a new series, after you already love the first. Glad it meets your expectations. Happy New Year. Hope it’s a great one for you!

  4. Love the look of the blog, Erik! Nice updating!!! “Jump the shark,” (made me smile) what a great paragraph, there. Good to know Mr. Riordan continues to deliver! Happy New Year!


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