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Book Review: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (Spoiler Free)

Monday, May 22, 2017



 May 22, 2017

"...Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness.” - Rick Riordan, The Dark Prophecy

And the adventure continues!

Here I am, an almost twenty-year-old still reading Riordan and I am LOVING it. Then again I am pretty sure that is because I am a HUGE Greek and Roman mythology nerd, or really any culture's mythology. I just can't help it! ANYWAYS, Apollo is back and continuing the quest to save the Oracles and return to Olympus after his father, Zeus, banished him to Earth in a mortal body due to all the problems he caused in the Giant's War from the Heroes of Olympus series. The synopsis is as followed: 

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 do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo 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. . . .


I have to admit that I enjoyed book one much more than the sequel, but I think book 3 is going to outscore both of them! However, I did enjoy many aspects of the sequel including some returning characters from the two previous Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. There are little Easter eggs from Riordan's other works and even some major foreshadow for the future novels. 

Apollo is still the narcissist he was in book 1 and other novels he has appeared it, but I can see that growth is on the horizon for the god of the sun. There are little moments of clarity with Apollo as he interacts with many characters especially Meg, the daunting little daughter of Demeter. I didn't really like Meg in the first book and to be honest, I still don't. I do, however, see that she is a major player in the war against the emperors. 

Speaking of...Nero is back as well as well as a new emperor and if you have forgotten how evil and irritating the Roman tyrants are, then you are in for a big treat in "The Dark Prophecy". As for the other evils in the story, we are reminded that when it comes to Greek Mythology, not everything is as it seems. New creatures are introduced and as usual are quite...odd. Some characters from the past books show up, one in particular that I really like and even more from Heroes of Olympus may be in book 3! YES.

When it comes to both Leo and Calypso, I really enjoyed that Riordan continued their story as it was left very open ended at the end of Heroes of Olympus. I think that is my favourite thing about these novels is that this world all started with "The Lightning Thief" and has continued for many years through all these books. 

It did take me a bit longer to get into the flow of this book than the first, but that may have something to do with the fact that I couldn't really remember what had happened in the first novel and had to look up things to be able to put things together. I really enjoyed the pace of the story though. The entire novel only takes place over a few weeks I believe, but it never seemed rush or sluggish. More backstories, especially Apollo and his parents...I'll let you read about that for yourself. 

One of my favourite parts about this book as well as the previous one is that there are so many riddles. Apollo being the god of prophecy, the fortune telling riddles are all over the place and I am such a big fan of trying to figure them all out before the events take place. That has always been my favourite part of Riordan's books. 

"The Dark Prophecy" is an action packed novel full of fun mythology and interesting character arcs. You will never be bored as you read this series and will always be wanting more. This book is great for kids or like me, adults who have been reading Riordan's books for a long time. I give this book 4/5 stars and cannot wait for book three "The Burning Maze" coming out in Spring 2018. I highly suggest you read this series, but also the ten books before it so you can enjoy it that much more! 

Happy Reading!

- Haley

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