Title: The Dark Prophecy
Author: Rick Riordan
“It’s not how long you live that matters. It’s what you live for.”
This review does not contain any spoilers of the dark prophecy.
The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing (and hilarious) trials.
He and his companions seek the ancient oracles – restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus – but this is easier said than done.
Somewhere in the American Midwest is 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 a now-mortal goddess, a bronze dragon, and some familiar demigod faces from Camp Half-Blood. With them by his side, can Apollo face down the greatest challenge of his four thousand years of existence?
For those who know me, it probably won’t come as a surprise that I loved this book. I usually adore Riordan’s books and writing style, and this time it was no different. Straight from the first chapter adventure entails, and you follow Apollo as he has surprise after surprise to deal with.
While there is a lot of adventure in the book, I thought the beginning was a tiny bit slow. I took me some time to get really invested in the book. However, the minute you do, it is as good as any other book written by Rick Riordan.
There are a lot of new characters in this book, but surprise surprise, there are old characters in there as well. This made it an even more fun read for me. Apollo has a huge amount of character development in this book. At the beginning of the book, it’s not there all that much and you will mostly read about Apollo being sassy and sarcastic.
However, when you get to the second half of the book, character development is all over the place. I could not stop annotating and putting tabs all over the pages. The second half of the book is also where more action takes place. I felt like if I were to put the book down, I’d miss actual things happening. While this is an insane thought, it was an accurate one. There is so much going on that it seems like the characters go from one crazy thing to the next. I loved it, but I warn you, prepare yourself because you will not be able to put the book down.
While we are on the topic of preparing yourself, please purchase the third book in advance, as you will probably want to pick that up as soon as you have finished this one.
“They wouldn’t last any longer in my hand.” Meg stood, her expression defiant. “Everything alive deserves a change to grow.”
I hope you enjoyed this review! Please let me know your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it!