Book Review: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #2)

Hey guys!
I’m back my review on Rick Riordan’s next installment in the Trials of Apollo series. The Hidden Oracle is followed by The Dark Prophecy, so let’s see what Apollo has been up to!

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
This book essentially picks up right after The Hidden Oracle. This time Apollo/Lester will have to face the Triumvirat. Thankfully, he has his friends and a large bronze-dragon by his side to aid him in his quest…

 

The Rating:
I’ll keep this one short: The first book in the Trials of Apollo series was great. Despite some initial difficulties I love the novel and couldn’t wait for the next part.
The Dark Prophecy turned out to be a worthy follow-up. It’s all there: great characters you will care about, amazing humor that will keep you entertained throughout the novel, a gripping story and lots of knowledge on Greek mythology, so you my actually learn something! Continue reading

Book Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #1)

Hey guys!
I’m currently catching up with Rick Riordan’s latest publications. After the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series Riordan created another story related to Greek mythology. The Trials of Apollo will also feature some of your favorite characters from the aforementioned books!

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
The God Apollo fucked up. Big Time. Zeus is pissed and decide to do what every parent would do: punish the kid and hope they’ll do better next time. Only, punishment isn’t that easy when all the involved parties are immortal. So, Zeus does the most extrem him he could come up with: Apollo is turned into a mortal teenager. As Lester Papadopoulos. While trying to adjust to his new life, Lester/Apollo runs into the rather irritating young demi-God Meg. Oh, and of course there is always a world to save!

 

The Rating:
As my regular reader will know, I love Rick Riordan’s novels. However, with this one I had my problems at first. The name of each chapter is a bad haiku, as Apollo loves to come up with those. Often. At times this is mildly annoying but mostly funny. Apollo himself turns out to be a self-centered prick who could spend the whole day going on about how super duper wonderful and good-looking he is. While reading the first couple of chapter, I kept thinking “I’ll throw this book out the window, if it goes on like that!” Well, the good news: very soon you’ll get used to Apollo and you will actually grow fond of him! I honestly hadn’t expected that but by the end of the book I liked Apollo/Lester and couldn’t wait for the next one to come out. Continue reading