The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick RiordanBasically its just the #1 fact of life that any book in the Camp Halfblood world CAN DO NO WRONG. This was a completely fabulous sequel to The Hidden Oracle! Although I didnt like it quite as much because (A) it wasnt as hilarious, although still funny, and (B) the plot wasnt as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely solid read for me and I think Im half in love with Apollo -- who is a DORK and narcissist and but what can you do. Hes adorable.
I think Apollos character development is just so fabulous. Hes still 100% full of himself and really surprised when the world doesnt revolve around him (this happens to the best of us tbh), but he keeps getting more and more loyal to his demigod companions. And hes 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 it...hes was horrible god. But like he tries so hard and Meg is so mean to him and Calypso and Leo give him 500% a rough time. Althoooooough. That is also what friends are for. And everyone they meet blames him for EVERYTHING. Its actually surprising that he stays in such good spirits about his own godliness when hes cleaning toilets and peeling carrots.
Im still waiting to warm up to Meg though??? I wasnt really invested in her in book #1, and she just continues to be a rude little turnip. I suppose its meant to be endearing??? I find the actual root vegetable more endearing. I guess Im a fan of manners and kindness, both of which Meg is allergic to.
GREAT THINGS TO EXPECT:
the unexpected; because seriously you have no idea what this book is going to throw at you next
gods on facebook
monsters, murder, and mayhem
prophecies that nearly kill you
mechanical dragons that are designed like lego
a house that only shows you the rooms it wants to and expands when requested
featuring f/f parent couple
I laughed so much omg. The lines are HYSTERICAL and I think Apollos 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 omg. Hes got a relaly different voice to Percy Jackson too, which is GREAT.
And I also love how the structure of these books are less like the PJO books. Theyre on an adventure that continually unravels, so its not the same-old-same-old plot set up (get a prophecy, assemble a team, go on a quest, nearly die, etc.) of the PJO books. Its just a bit refreshing and sets them apart.
BUT SHOULD YOU BE READING APOLLO IF YOU HAVENT READ THE PERCY JACKSON BOOKS? Erm. No. There are spoilers for the Percy books. And even that aside, you wouldnt get a lot of the references/characters.
ALL IN ALL: this was definitely a hilariously glorious sequel! Maybe it wasnt 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 a LOT of the more obscure Greek myths so I was forced to learn things. How dare it. Im definitely a huge fan of Apollo!! 10/10 will recommend giving Apollo a cookie and perhaps a break, but also its hilarious to watch him suffer through being a human.
*** QUOTES ***
I tried to think of a brilliant plan. Unfortunately, the only thing that came to mind was weeping in terror.
I wondered if Meg knew that [names redacted] had been beheaded for letting her escape. I decided not to mention it. If Meg was really curious, she could check their Facebook status updates.
Commodus blames me for his death, I said.
Why? Meg asked.
Probably because I killed him.
Ah. Leo nodded sagely. That would do it.
No sweat, Leo said. Ill handle the first two hundred or so myself, then if I get tired--
Leo, stop. Calypso gave Emmie an apologetic frown. He jokes more when hes nervous. He also jokes worse when hes nervous.
I have no idea what youre talking about. Leo inserted carrot fangs into his mouth and snarled.
Meg almost choked on her stir-fry.
Oh! I said. Um...nah. I leaned against the wall, hoping to look casual, attractive and suave. Unfortunately, I missed the wall.
My eyelids fluttered open. I sat up, groaning. When you are the sun god, its a rare treat to be able to sleep late. Now here I was, a mere mortal, and people kept waking me up at the crack of dawn. Id spent millennia being the crack of dawn. I was tired of it.
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Instead, he is forced to undertake a dangerous quest to reclaim the Oracles that have fallen into the hands of an evil triumvirate of semi-divine Roman Emperors. Which is how he came to be on board Festus, the mechanical dragon, with demi-gods Leo Valdez and Calypso, on top of the Indiana statehouse. None of them wanted to be in Indianapolis, but that is where one of the Evil Emperors, Commodus, has set up shop in a deranged bid to make it the capitol of his empire, filling it with his armies of monsters and reborn warriors. The keeper of the Oracle, Trophonius, has a rather tangled and tragic history with Apollo. On top of that, Commodus and his army have it firmly in their grip.
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