The Dark Prophecy

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 401

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, I loved all of Rick Riordan’s work, and I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys humor, fun, and adventure.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8

Pace: 9

Plot development: 9

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 8

Summary from Goodreads:

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 do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

So before I began, let me start by saying this is not going to be a very good review. I’m sorry. I don’t know why, but I really had no idea what to say about this book. Yes, I loved it. Yes, there were some things I didn’t like. But no, this is not going to be a super in depth review, so I’m sorry if you were hoping for one.

Now let me began my actual thoughts by saying that I did think this book was really good. I thought the plot moved along nicely, and I thought there was some great character development. But at the same time, the plot and the characters are what made me give this book 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5 out of 5 stars. I really liked certain parts of the plot, but then others just didn’t make sense to me. I also really loved some characters, but other characters I felt could’ve been a lot better. While reading this book I experienced lots of humor, adventure, sadness, and I just had an all around fun time while reading this book.

There were also lots of great appearances by characters from some of Rick’s other novels, so definitely read his other books before reading this trilogy.

And that’s all I have to say. I know, I know, it’s such a short review, I’m sorry. But definitely still go check out this book, because the short review does not mean I didn’t like the book.

The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle

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The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. This is the first book in the new series by my all time favorite author. This new series about the god Apollo, and all the trials he has to face as he tries to win back his immortality. Zeus has punished Apollo and made him mortal, so Apollo has to follow the orders of Meg, a 12-year-old girl, and eventually he will be a god again. This book was incredible if you’ve read the other books by Rick, you will love that he includes some of the old characters, and he answers all those unanswered questions we all had after The Blood of Olympus. I highly recommend all books and series by Rick.

5 out of 5 stars

Firecracker

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Firecracker by David Iserson. This book was absolutely hilarious. I was laughing myself silly. I think it’s really hard to find books these days that make you laugh-out-loud, this book has been the only one to do that other than Percy Jackson. This book was about Astrid, a very rich girl who’s gone to fancy private academies her whole life. Then suddenly, she gets kicked out for cheating, and she has to go to public school. She doesn’t know anyone or anything about public school. This story had a little foul language, but it really helped add to the humor. It was also sort of slow-paced, but I overlooked that because I thought it was just too funny, haha.

4 out of 5 stars.

The Blood of Olympus

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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan the 5th and last book in the Heroes of Olympus series. There’s just so much, I don’t know how I could put it into a small summary. Here’s the gist of it: Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Piper, Jason, Hazel, and Frank have to keep Gaea, the earth goddesses, from waking up. Meanwhile, (I use that word a lot, sorry, haha) Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge have to get the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood so that the Romans don’t destroy the Greeks.

Best ending EVER! This book was soooooooooo good! I was a little sad that Percy and Annabeth didn’t have any point-of-views for the chapters, but it doesn’t matter, ’cause this book was just so good. Haha

5 out of 5 stars

Rick Riordan is also working on a new series, which I’m over the top excited about. Since he’s written series involving Egyptian gods (The Kane Chronicles), Greek gods (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), and Roman gods (The Heroes of Olympus), he’s now doing a book with the Norse gods, or the gods of Asgard.

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The House of Hades

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The House of Hades by Rick Riordan is the 4th book in the Heroes of Olympus series. In this book Leo, Piper, Jason, Nico, Frank, and Hazel have to get to the House of Hades so that they can close the Doors of Death. Meanwhile, Percy and Annabeth are trying to stay alive and sane in Tartarus. In order for the Doors of Death to be closed, you have to have a person on each side. So, Percy and Annabeth are also trying to reach the Doors to close them on the Tartarus side.

Very funny book, I really enjoyed it. Rick is very good at making sad books happy. (If that makes any sense.)

5 out of 5 stars.

The Mark of Athena

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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is the 3rd book in the Heroes of Olympus series. In this book, all 7 half-bloods (Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Jason, Piper, Hazel, and Frank) must fulfill the prophecy. Annabeth has to complete her quest that her mother gave her at the same time. This book was very good, intense, and had a terrible ending (it was a major cliffhanger, literally). Haha.

5 out of 5 stars.

The Son of Neptune

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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. This is book #2 in the Heroes of Olympus series. In book #1 Percy was missing, but in this book we find out that he really had just lost his memory like Jason. He finds his way into a Roman camp, and ends up going on a quest to rescue Death, and destroy a giant. He does this with the help of his two new friends, Hazel and Frank.

I like these books, because just like the Kane Chronicles series this book is told from different characters’ point-of-views

5 out of 5 stars