The Dark Prophecy

The Dark Prophecy

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Leaving the safety of the demigod training ground, a disgraced Apollo embarks on a quest across North America to find a dangerous ancient-world Oracle while navigating the challenges of the evil Triumvirate.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781484746424
Characteristics: 414 p. ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 09, 2017

Rick Riordan has written yet another wonderful and hilarious novel about Roman and Greek mythology. The story takes place in our modern world, seen through the perspective of a teenager/former god. His narration is filled with humour, sarcasm, and many pop culture references. The story is full of action and adventure, and there is always something new within every chapter to keep you engaged. You’ll learn plenty of new and interesting things about the Roman Empire and their mythology as well as gain a better understanding of the sun god, Apollo. The characters are very diverse and deliver great jokes, puns, and lessons worth learning. You’ll surely find a character that you’ll love and/or relate to. The story provides great messages for all audiences, but make sure you read the first book in the series, The Hidden Oracle, before reading The Dark Prophecy to understand the plot and events that occur. 5/5 stars.
- @demi.god.on.a.mission of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apollo, currently mortal, wants to reclaim his god-hood. But he is currently stuck travelling with returning friends Leo, Calypso and Festus, attempting to complete the three tasks he must accomplish in order to do so: First, rescue Meg McCaffrey from her villainous step-father. Second, defeat the mysterious second emperor. And third, restore the most terrifying of all Greek oracles: the Oracle of Trophonius. The only things more terrifying are the long-lost family members he meets, the consequences of acts he committed thousands of years ago, and the doomsday prophecy he must receive. The Dark Prophecy has officially made the Trials of Apollo it’s own series; it has plenty of new characters and elements, but enough of the old ones to make sure all the fans of his previous books return for more. It’s also as incredibly addictive as the rest of his books. Rick Riordan unsurprisingly juggles the seriousness of an epic struggle of good vs. evil with plenty of humour and personal struggles, pointing out that the heroes are superheroes, yet making them seem entirely human. He explores many concepts while somehow finding new and terrifying greek and roman monsters and enemies for his heroes to defeat. Reading his previous in-universe books is strongly recommended, but only because they’re all so good, so unnecessary. Rick has been dubbed the “storyteller of the gods,” and this hot new book further proves that title is going to stick like Leo to his tool belt for a long, long time.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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NikkiHessami
Jul 31, 2017

The Dark Prophecy was a great book. I really like the humour in this book and all of his other books. Rick Riordan manages to make humour even in battle scenes. I also really liked how Rick made references to the Hero's of Olympus series and how some of the character's were in the book. I would recommend this book to people who like funny books and mythology books.

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Yassi2004
Jul 31, 2017

The Dark Prophecy was a great book. Rick Riordan is great at not just ending a series but continuing on to expand the knowledge of the readers. In this book there is a sort of clash with his Heroes of Olympus series, with a cliffhanger ending. I also like how Rick puts a funny modern day vibe in his books so the readers can relate and not feel so tense in particular situations in the book. This book is great for readers ages 6-14.

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tedzhang
Jul 23, 2017

Can't wait for it!
Stop it with the haters.

sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 9/10
For some reason, this addition to the Riordan kingdom just fell a little flat for me. Maybe it’s because, after the huge scope and stakes of Heroes of Olympus, staying in a single city for the duration of a novel feels comparatively small. Riordan has set the bar so high that I don’t know that he can exceed himself. It was still funny and entertaining, but I’m not as invested in these characters and plot as some of his other books.

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keaselkie
Jul 07, 2017

Eh. It's a bit slow to read.
Bi Apollo pisses you off from the start.
Not enough Caleo, too many flashbacks, the storyline is clunky.
Aside from that, it's okay.
But Rick really needs to slow down with all the LGBTQ stuff he's throwing at us.

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donmei
Jul 05, 2017

I hate you haters

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fightlikeagirl
Jul 04, 2017

im like 25th in line!!! the waiting list is SOSOSOSOSO long!!! and im not even sure i want to read it aparently its not that good so i dont no

number8...so close but yet so far...

Also, thanks ReadingPhsyco224, I totally agree with you.

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ReadingPhsyco224
Jun 28, 2017

I think the book's awesome. It's hilarious and fun to read, and I loved it.
For all you flamers out there, get this:
1) Nobody's perfect
2) That's only YOUR opinion
3) This isn't Percy Jackson. Don't be lame and compare the two.
4) GET OVER IT

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applesing
Jun 20, 2017

This is an awful book.

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IsrarAFG
Jun 13, 2017

awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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gindinanna
Feb 13, 2017

bleh...

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canren
Feb 14, 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. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again

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