It’s the #1 fact of life that any book set in the Camp Halfblood world CAN DO NO WRONG.
The Dark Prophecy is a completely fabulous sequel to The Hidden Oracle! Although I didn’t like it quite as much because (A) it wasn’t as hilarious, although still funny, and (B) the plot wasn’t as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely winning read for me! And I think I’m half in love with Apollo — who is a dork, narcissist, and delusional god, but what can you do. He’s adorable.
THIS IS A NON-SPOILER REVIEW!
Although may reference things in previous Percy Jackson books but nothing huge or massively spoilery. So you can be safe.
Apollo’s character development is just so fabulous. He’s still full of himself and really surprised when the world doesn’t revolve around him (this happens to the best of us tbh), but he’s also SO LOYAL to his little demigod companions. And he’s utter trash for looking after Meg. And, on occasion, he might even do something self-sacrificial instead of letting everyone else perish in his wake. #lovely
I do hate how they ALWAYS give him a rough time though!! I mean, I get he was a horrible god and gets blamed for everything. But he tries so hard now! And Meg is so mean to him and Calypso and Leo give him 500% of a rough time. Althoooooough. ISN’T THAT WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR. It’s actually surprising that he stays in such good spirits about his own godliness when he’s cleaning toilets and peeling carrots.
I’m still trying to bestir my soul to care about Meg though. I wasn’t really impressed with her in book #1, and she just continues to be a rude little turnip. I suppose it’s meant to be endearing??? I find the actual root vegetable more endearing. I guess I’m a fan of manners and kindness, both of which Meg is allergic to.
- the unexpected; because seriously you have no idea what this book is going to throw at you
- greek gods on facebook
- monsters, murder, and mayhem
- booby traps at the dinner table
- prophecies that nearly kill you
- tofu turkey
- mechanical dragons that are designed like lego
- a house that only shows you the rooms it wants to and expands when requested
- a featuring f/f parent couple
- bisexual Apollo
- WAR AND CALAMITY
- did I mention sass? because multiply that x 6
It’s also hysterically funny!
I think Apollo’s tendency to use “god like speech” but then mesh it with modern pop-culture references and narcissistic haikus is just the best thing since cupcakes were invented. I am such a fan. He’s also got a really different voice to Percy Jackson too, which is GREAT. I love Percy, but it’s nice to have something different. (Considering Magnus Chase is like Percy’s twin.)
Speaking if difference…I also love how the structure of the plot is different in the Apollo books! They’re on an adventure that continually unravels, so it’s not the same-old-same-old plot set up of the PJO books (get a prophecy, assemble a team, go on a quest, nearly die, etc.) #Refreshing
But the real question: do you read the Apollo series if you haven’t read the original Percy Jackson books?
Erm, no. There are spoilers for the Percy books because it all happens chronologically. And you wouldn’t get a lot of references or understand the importance of reoccurring characters.
This was hilariously glorious and a solid sequel!
Maybe it wasn’t as fast moving or exciting as other Halfblood books, and maaaaybe it dragged a bit in the middle. But it was still funny and used many lesser-known Greek myths so I was forced to learn things. How dare it. I‘m definitely a huge fan of Apollo!! 10/10 will recommend giving Apollo a warm pretzel and perhaps a nap because he does try so hard even though he sucks. And it’s absolutely hilarious to read about a Greek God being a mere mortal human.
THANK YOU TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan was published May, 2017.
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 fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.