Hi all my bookworms,
My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
How are you all? I do hope you are staying at home and you are all safe and well.
The book that we are reviewing today is The Trials of Apollo book 2: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. I reviewed the first book in the series a few weeks ago and loved it. If you want to see it, click the link here.
But here are the details.
Title: The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date published: 2nd May 2017
Time: 12hrs 32mins
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade, Young Adult, LGBT
Blurb: Go west. Capture Apollo before he can find the next oracle.
If you cannot bring him to me alive, kill him.
Those were the orders my old enemy Nero had given to Meg McCaffrey. But why would an ancient Roman emperor zero in on Indianapolis? And now that I have made it here (still in the embarrassing form of Lester Papadopoulos), where is Meg?
Meg, my demigod master, is a cantankerous street urchin. She betrayed me to Nero back at Camp Half-Blood. And while I’m mortal, she can order me to do anything . . . even kill myself. Despite all this, if I have a chance of prying her away from her villainous stepfather, I have to try.
But I’m new at this heroic-quest business, and my father, Zeus, stripped me of all my godly powers. Oh, the indignities and pain I have already suffered! Untold humiliation, impossible time limits, life-threatening danger . . . Shouldn’t there be a reward at the end of each completed task? Not just more deadly quests?
I vow that if I ever regain my godhood, I will never again send a poor mortal on a quest. Unless it is really important. And unless I am sure the mortal can handle it. And unless I am pressed for time . . . or I really just don’t feel like doing it myself. I will be much kinder and more generous than everyone is being to me—especially that sorceress Calypso. What does Leo see in her, anyway?
If you aren’t aware I have read a lot of Rick Riordan books. And I have reviewed quite a few of them on this blog, and in my head I’ve got to the point where I feel I don’t know what to write and make it different. But the thing is Riordan always makes his work different. No matter how many mythology books he writes, no matter how many Greek mythology books he writes, they are all so different and you have no way of predicting what will happen.
Who could have ever predicted in The Titan’s Curse so many years ago when we first met Apollo, god of the sun, god of archery and medicine, god of music that he would become this?
A god that is no longer a god that actually feels for demi-gods and that will never* send a mortal out on a quest ever again.
*See stipulations in blurb.
The second book follows Apollo on his deadly quest to find and free the ancient Greek oracles from the hands of our immortal roman emperors. Our little crew including Leo Valdez (YAY! Leo’s not dead. Kind of a spoiler for book one but he’s there in the blurb) and Calypso journey to Indianapolis to search for their next oracle. I don’t know Indianapolis personally but from the book I got the impression that it was the last place that anyone would expect to find Greek gods or an oracle. Along the way to achieving their goal our three heroes plus Meg who has come to do her evil step-father’s bidding, meet many new faces, a few old faces and some interesting characters. Apollo even falls in love a few times. Well, what do you expect? It’s Apollo
The plot was brilliant. So many curve balls you didn’t know where the story was going to go next. It felt on occasion like Riordan was dragging it out a bit like he was throwing up road block in front of our characters just because, but isn’t that just the way of life sometimes? There were certain characters I expected to meet, obviously I can’t say who because that would ruin the surprise of the story, and definitely characters that I wouldn’t expect to see in a month of Sundays.
A lot of the challenges to the story come from Apollo’s lack of memory. As he said in the first book, a god’s brain has been shrunk down to one the size of a kiddy pool. A lot of the information he used to hold has sloshed over the sides and drained away. Although he always manages to pluck just enough information from that kiddy pool in the nick of time.
My love for Riordan’s writing seems to grow with every book I read. His works are pure laugh out loud comedy. My one recommendation for this book: don’t read it in public. The weird looks you’ll get when you start laughing over you book are not friendly.
My major downside to this book, or rather this series, is that you can’t come into the series without reading Percy Jackson or The Heroes of Olympus. Too many names and events are mentioned from previous books that if you hadn’t read them I think it would be confusing and demotivating for the reader.
Before I wrap this up I want to say thank you to Rick Riordan for his amazing work. Your books are educational and funny and a light in even the darkest of times. Keep writing these amazing books.
If you have read this book please leave you comments and opinions in the comments down below. Do you have any recommendations for me? What book would you like to see me read next?
Keep well, safe and at home, my bookworms. And, until next time, happy reading!