Blurb 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. 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. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to the fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along with Apollo and Leo for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.
HERE’S MY REVIEW!
I cannot thank Rick Riordan enough for making Greek and Roman mythologies fun to read. This story is the second book in The Trials of Apollo series, as we watch the greek god, Apollo or known as the teenage Lester tries to regain his godly powers.
In The Dark Prophecy, we are reunited with the amazing casts of Heroes of Olympus series who are Leo Valdez and Calypso. In this world, we just have to be prepared to meet many new Greek and Roman gods, monsters and characters of all types.
I have come to love Apollo and all of the characters in the book. It is very interesting to watch him struggle with the adversity of being human. Meg McCaffrey on the hand is being such a sport to Apollo by being a good travelling companion to him, in order to face the quest. Apollo has realised that mortals do rely to each other, unlike Greek and Roman gods, so he is getting more loyal and devoted to his friends. Apollo is less self-centered now, but sometimes he still thinks that the world revolves around him. He expects things to go smooth sailing without needing to do any work.
I love for the fact that all of them care for each other so much that they are willing to do anything to see the other survives. Seeing them protecting each other truly warms my heart. I truly appreciate the appearances of LGBT+ characters in the book as it shows that all characters regardless of what their orientations are celebrated and welcomed.
The action is non-stop and engaging. There is something so incredibly fun about Rick Riordan’s writing that makes me truly engrossed into reading about Greek and Roman myths. I feel so knowledgable reading about them as I didn’t have the chance to properly learn them in school.
One of my favourite characters in the Percy Jackson series has returned and I am so excited to read about him in the next book, The Burning Maze with our favourite duo, Apollo and Meg! Guys, this is only the second book of a five book series, but I see so much potential! The problem is that one year of waiting for the next book can be so unbearable. Just pray that our beloved cast won’t die in the series 😦