Book Review – The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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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?

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My Rating:Β  Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starNo-Star

This book is hilarious! Apollo is sassy, funny, sarcastic and a bit of a dork πŸ˜‚ I love all his little comments about how his life is not currently appropriate for a god. And the chapter titles are excellent too, always hilarious.

I loved getting to see more of Leo and Calypso, though I missed Meg a little. I did love getting to see the waystation and the team there, and more of Thalia! Though the audio book narrator pronounces her name differently to how I read it which really threw me πŸ˜‚. Emmie and Jo (and Georgie, though we are less of her) are awesome, but I love Jo best. Her and Leo were hilarious together. And the Griffins! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜πŸ’™πŸ’™

I just really enjoyed this trip back to the CHB universe – after recently listening to the Kane Chronicles, this felt like a welcome and sillier breath of fresh air. I enjoyed those, but love this. As with the first book, I also really think that the comedy that comes across in this is strong and I’m sad there’s not more of it in the other books. Riordan obviously has a natural gift for it.

I was going to wait to download the audio for The Burning Maze, but my audible credit just renewed and also I desperately want to find out what happena next! These books are just so fun and readable. Plus I’m seriously hoping for more of Jo, Emmie and Georgie, as well as Jason, Piper, Frank and Hazel in the next one πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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