The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo Series #2)

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo Series #2)

by Rick Riordan

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Overview

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—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 son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies—some familiar, some new—from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .
Includes the first chapter of The Trials of Apollo Book 3: THE BURNING MAZE, plus the first chapters of two Rick Riordan Presents novels: THE STORM RUNNER by J. C. Cervantes, based on Mayan mythology, and DRAGON PEARL by Yoon Ha Lee, a space opera with elements of Korean mythology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484780640
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Trials of Apollo Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 4,467
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Rick Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Rick is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world mythologies. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.

Hometown:

San Antonio, TX

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1964

Place of Birth:

San Antonio, TX

Education:

B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is going to be awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to disagree with you, man. The first book in the seties was classical Rick Riordan; well written, witty, and packed with action.<p> -Cyptor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The trials of apollo series is gonna be AMAZING. This series is different than Rick's other ones, but its still super good!!! ~ The Oracle at delphi , # percyjacksonfan PS. I'll write an actual review when this book comes out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can hardly wait for the second book to come! The first was comical, suspenseful and downright A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!-Quills
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why can't it come out sooner you have to wait for a whole year between each book. Love Ruck's books and know that Rick will impress
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick Riordan has a talent for fleshing out unique and interesting characters. He handles serious subjects with finesse, encouraging the reader to thoughtfully consider multiple perspectives. I can't wait for the next book!
Zoey_River More than 1 year ago
Now, before anyone starts screaming "OMG, 3 STARS?! Zoey, are you alright? What is happening?!" let it be told that I very very much enjoyed The Dark Prophecy by my favorite author since childhood. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Rick Riordan can do no wrong. At all. Never. No chance. And despite the fact that it emotionally hurts me to rate a Rick Riordan book any less than 4 stars, It will be even worse to be untrue to my feelings. This book had it all: hilariousness, new characters, well known and beloved characters, Peaches, kickass demigods, a god going through a humanization phase, Leo Valdez, crazed emperors, sad moments, happy moments, heartwarming moments, heartbreaking moments. I highlighted so many quotes in this book I might as well have highlighted this whole book since it was so quotable. I laughed, I smiled, and I went all 'awww' over almost everything. So then what didn't I like about this book? Nothing, really. "So why did you rate it 3.5 stars?" you might be thinking. Well, you see... it simply didn't give me the BANG I was looking for. You know, that punch to the heart when all of your feelings are a mess and through them, the only thing you can think is: "yes, this is... this is what my heart has been looking/searching/hoping for." Maybe I don't make much sense. This book had many small bangs, just not a big enough one to make me truly, truly fall in love with it. That being said, it's only the second book of the series, you guys! There's so much more epicness coming our way - I can feel it. And... well, it is a truth universally acknowledged (sorry, I just came back from watching Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) that second books in a series are the least favorite ones. That, at least, had been something that always seemed to happen to me with book series. Like how Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters is my least favorite book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Or how the second book of the Heroes of Olympus is my least memorable one. Not to say they're not great. Just like not to say I didn't like The Dark Prophecy. I totally had my moments of "this is some awesome stuff" and "oh I missed this so much!" I can't seem to stress this enough but I think you got what I'm trying to say here. My only consolation after saying goodbye (yet again) to my beloved characters of the Percy Jackson universe and having to wait until May 1st, 2018 (please don't let the date change any further) for the third book to come out, is that we get another Rick Riordan book this year and it is none other than the highly anticipated third and last book in the Magnus Chase trilogy! And now, the wait for The Burning Maze begins. Shall we enter the depth of the labyrinth once again, my friends? *For the full review (with spoilers): http://magiverse.blogspot.co.il/2017/05/the-dark-prophecy-by-rick-riordan-book.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you think you might want to read one of Rick's books you should. His books are full of action and mistery. All of the myth books he writes are connected. You will find the same charictors in all of his books. If not with the same name the same persoballitys. They are wonderful stories
Zirkle 23 days ago
Riordan seems to have run out of jokes. The character of Apollo is, of course, obsessed with himself. This holds up to even some light research into the god. However, from a writing point of view, making a joke about acne or flab every ten pages gets old quickly. It also conflicts with one of the core ideals of Riordan’s writing: acceptance. In his previous series’ he has had prominent non-white characters, and recently a handful of LGBT characters. It seems contrary then, that he would make a character that constantly espouses about his negative body image. In the first book it is played to show how silly it is to care about something so ultimately pointless. However, in this book that isn’t shown as well. There were times reading this book that I looked down at my own gut and thought “ehh, I wish that were smaller.” This is a result that Riordan would never want, but it happened none the less. The Dark Prophecy had several typos that became more frequent as the book goes on. It could have used a look with fresh eyes as many of them were simple like “to” where it should have been “too” or “of” when “if” should have been in its place. There were also a couple lines that were ambiguous in meaning when the novel shouldn’t have been ambiguous. Despite the above problems, any long-time fan of Riordan should read this book. It is the weakest of his mythology-based novels, but fighting through it is definitely worth it to get to read The Burning Maze. A frequent problem with YA novels is lack of stakes. The main character won’t die, because they’re the main character. Riordan, writing novels on the younger end of the YA genre, often considered juvenile literature, generally doesn’t kill any characters (at least not the good guys or humans). This book raises those stakes. The heightened sense of urgency is carried over to the next book in the series. It looks like Riordan may finally be aging up his work to get a bit closer to all those millennials that started reading him all those years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, don't get me wrong, this book was great. I loved to read another one of Rick Riordan's masterpieces. However, comparing this book to the first three series he wrote on Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology, it was bland and tiring to read. In this book, you do not get a lot of Mr. Riordan's clever witty jokes, or the amazing feeling of being transported to another world. Perhaps it is because this series, in general, includes Greek mythology once again and old characters that make it seem like Mr. Riordan has run out of ideas. Of course, seeing the book through the eyes of a god is pretty cool, he could have used a different god instead. The only good part of having Apollo as our tour guide is the fact that we see how drastically his mind changes about the mortal world, in a good way. Other than that, he is a pretty snobby character, and his sarcasm is overbearing. It makes it feel like Mr. Riordan replaces all of his classic clever humor from other books with boring sarcasm. Don't worry though, there are some goods parts though. I feel as if he tries to redeem himself in the last few chapters, as if he tries to pull the readers back in, in case they're bored. Thank goodness that I decided not to quit reading this book halfway through (I would never though with his books) because the missing adventure and mystery reappear towards the end when Meg and Lester (Apollo) reach the Cave of Trophonius and those feelings stay to the very last page. Overall, this book is great, of course, if you're patient then you'll realize eventually that this is not 100% recycled work. The idea of seeing another one of Apollo's journeys through his eyes instead of a teenage demigod's is really cool. So in my opinion, just read it, it does not hurt to try. Everyone has their own opinion, perhaps you'll love it more than I already did (most of the time).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Eva-Silller More than 1 year ago
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan has all the adventure, mythology, and action a sequel could have. There’s always that stigma that the second book or movie is never as good as the first, but this installation in The Trials of Apollo proves that stereotype wrong. This book leads you farther along the rich and exciting journey that the before Greek god Apollo, now Lester Papadopoulos, with the eccentric young Meg, well-known demigod Leo Valdez, and the once immortal Calypso. For all the die-hard Percy Jackson fans, like myself, who have been with Percy since he was 12, this book continues both his story and the series creates a new story to add to the collection. With all the modern day references and jokes and phrases, this book made learning more about the lesser known parts of Greek mythology much more enjoyable than any old history textbook. In general, the story was about the journey Apollo has to make in order to both become a god once more, and to save the U.S. from immortal Roman-rulers by restoring the several Oracles across the nation that have gone dark and stopped producing prophecies and predictions. One of the reasons it’s such an excellent read is because it’s my favorite genre, fiction and it also is historical fiction, as Rick Riordan had to use real facts and myths from Ancient Greece in order for there to be a modern spin upon those old stories. The point of view is that of our one and only Lester Papadopoulos, who insists on being addressed as Apollo throughout his mortality. This point of view helps set the story, because it immerses you deeper into Riordans novel as if Lester was telling you his adventure personally. The entire book as a whole was a beautiful story, and I became so invested in it that I read from cover to cover in about two days. The Dark Prophecy was a bit better than The Hidden Oracle, due to the change of scenery. Rather than the whole adventure taking place in Camp Half-Blood, Apollo, Leo, and Calypso are out in the mortal world without the healing and comfort of the Greek camp. This gave me a sense of urgency, as they couldn’t fly back on the dragon Festus across half of the United States. One of the lessons that Apollo learned in the second Oracle was that of humility and being caring for those who ask for help, especially since he was an immortal being when the Oracle that he is now trying to save so desperately was being created at his fault. Riordan did a beautiful job creating both friend and foe in The Dark Prophecy, and I praise him for the labyrinthine story and the many different and 3-dimensional characters. He also was amazing at the splitting and reunion of Apollo and Meg, whom is under the abusive Beast, but I won’t spoil anymore if there are a few who haven’t read it yet. The second novel of The Trials of Apollo is a triumph in my eyes, and I recommend it to all who have enjoyed growing up with Percy Jackson or those who desire a fresh view of the old myths of Ancient Greece. From elephants to blemmyae, this book was a glorious was to continue Lester’s story, and Leo Valdez’s, who has a fresh life to continue his adventure as a demigod. Rick Riordan did a wonderful job on The Dark Prophecy, as he has done with all his previous novels.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it from beginning to end. It made me laugh, cry, and all the in-betweens, actually let me live the story. Yet another excellent Riordan book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book ND I can't wait to hear more about the immortal Lester
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy is a great book! Rick Riordan puts his sarcasm in forms of Apollo and many other characters. He also uses a lot of description and leaves a lot of suspense. Hope that book 3 comes out very soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooks you from the first line or fight. Whichever comes first. Rick Riordan is just a kid at heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
must read it and Take a Barnes $10 Off coupons code from bookscoupons.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! It was a amazing 2nd edition to the series! This series is a must read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy the series. Characters from past come more into play along with new. I like how Apollo has to need people. A great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected this book to be really good, but it was kind of boring and i actually got so bored right in the middle of the book that i didnt pick it up for 3 weeks. Plus i also kind of feel that hes kind of going way overboard with all the social stances. Its like hes trying to push his beliefs on people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago