Review: ‘The Dark Prophecy’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Dark Prophecy’
By Rick Riordan
Book #2 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2017
Pages: 414
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon.

Thoughts

This is the second instalment in the 5 book series ‘The Trials of Apollo’ (3 of which are out) and we follow Apollo as he travels to the next Oracle to help take them back under his control. In this book we are based in Indianapolis and Calypso and Leo head out with Apollo.

Throughout the mission we are met with other characters we have met through out the ‘Percy Jackson’ series and the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series. Both with Apollo and against him. I really enjoyed seeing these different characters come back into the picture and learn a bit more about Apollo’s back story.

I found of difficult to get into the book to begin with but by about 50 pages in I was completely into the story and desperate to find out what was going to happen in the story.

We were also introduced to some magical creatures and I am all about that. With the Griffins being an important aspect of the story.

This book is filled with action almost from the very first page and really sets the scene for the next 3 books.

Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 7.5/10
Stars:  3.5/5

 

 

Review: ‘The Blood of Olympus’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Blood of Olympus’
By Rick Riordan
Book #5 in the Heroes of Olympus Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 502
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.
Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.
Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?
Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.
Piper must learn to five herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Thoughts

This is the conclusion to Rick Riordan’s epic series, The Heroes of Olympus. The entire book is a page turner. I could not put it down. After the 4 previous books in the series I was hooked and utterly invested in all the characters.

There is a lot of travel thorough out the story before the gang gets to the final battle against Gaea. It also sets us up for the cause of events that leads to the ‘Trials of Apollo’ Series.

The final battle is something epic and honestly I was waiting for it through out the whole book, I just wanted to be there (but then also not because that means the series is over) when we finally did get there I was not at all disappointed.

The world has been built so incredibly that it is impossible to not feel for every character in this final battle. We are also introduced to Nike the god of victory whom I love.

Rick Riordan’s writing is fantastic as aways, he really has a way of getting you utterly invested in the characters and their journey. There is also a spectacular amount of character development throughout the series.

This is s a series I could not recommend more! It is an amazing reading adventure that adds so much depth and layers to the Universe of Percy Jackson.

Rating

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5