The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy

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...

Title:The Dark Prophecy
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ISBN:1484746422
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:414 pages

The Dark Prophecy Reviews

  • Yasamin
    May 04, 2016

    update: 6/4/2017

    Wonderful!

    Riordan did a great job on creating the character Apollo! Can't wait for the next book (╥_╥)

    The only thing that bothered me a little was the prophecy quest thing that has been a thing in all of Riordan's books.

    بسیار عالی!

    باید بگم رایردن با شخصیت آپولو شاهکار کرده و درواقع بهترین شخصیتیه که تا به حال به وجود آورده.

    تنها چیزی که یه کم اذیتم میکرد این قضیه ی پیشگویی و جست و جو که تو همه ی کتاب های رایردن هست، بود. به غیر از این همه چیز عالی بود. آخ آخ طنزهای آپولو! خیلی خی

    update: 6/4/2017

    Wonderful!

    Riordan did a great job on creating the character Apollo! Can't wait for the next book (╥_╥)

    The only thing that bothered me a little was the prophecy quest thing that has been a thing in all of Riordan's books.

    بسیار عالی!

    باید بگم رایردن با شخصیت آپولو شاهکار کرده و درواقع بهترین شخصیتیه که تا به حال به وجود آورده.

    تنها چیزی که یه کم اذیتم میکرد این قضیه ی پیشگویی و جست و جو که تو همه ی کتاب های رایردن هست، بود. به غیر از این همه چیز عالی بود. آخ آخ طنزهای آپولو! خیلی خیلی خوب بود :))) عملا روحم شاد میشد.

    چیز جالب توجهی که تو کتاب بود، عادی بودن مسائل ال جی بی تی بود و این خیلی خیلی خوبه! واقعا به رایردن بابت چنین کاری افتخار میکنم. البته تو کتاب اول هم شاهد چنین چیزایی بودیم اما به نظرم تو این کتاب بیشتر بود.

    خلاصه اینکه اگه دو مجموعه ی قبل رو نخوندین بشینین همین مجموعه رو بخونین خیلی خوبه!! (╥_╥)

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    I. NEED. THIS. NOW.

    *CRIES FOR AN ETERNITY*

  • Arch
    May 04, 2016

    *UPDATE*

    It's out. We did it guys. We made it through the waiting.

    And boy, was it worth it. (Full review coming soon!)

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    "Expected Publication: 2017"

    -Obsessively re-read The Hidden Oracle

    -Obsessively re-read the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series

    -Obsessively re-read every single thing Rick Riordan has

    *UPDATE*

    It's out. We did it guys. We made it through the waiting.

    And boy, was it worth it. (Full review coming soon!)

    ****

    "Expected Publication: 2017"

    -Obsessively re-read The Hidden Oracle

    -Obsessively re-read the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series

    -Obsessively re-read every single thing Rick Riordan has ever written

    -Repeat three steps above

    -Scour the internet for interesting and exciting theories about this book

    -Read many, many fanfics of the Trials of Apollo

    -Write many, many fanfics of the Trials of Apollo

    -Enjoy a brief respite when Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor comes out

    -Freak out when you see the cover for The Dark Prophecy when it's released

    -Freak out when you read the excerpt when it's released

    -Continuously repeat steps 1-3

    Interject all of that with a healthy dose of cursing Zeus for not bringing this book to you faster and freaking out every time you realise you're going to have to wait till next year for the book, and you should be good.

  • Alexxy
    May 05, 2016

    MAY 2017?

  • Emily May
    Aug 28, 2016

    What an absolute dork.

    Honestly, Apollo is hands down my favourite character that Riordan has ever created. I know all of these books have the same light, humourous tone, but none of the others seem to make me laugh so much. Apollo is just so sassy and snarky, and his disdain for humans rings with hilarious truth.

    I think I like these Apollo stories so much more becaus

    What an absolute dork.

    Honestly, Apollo is hands down my favourite character that Riordan has ever created. I know all of these books have the same light, humourous tone, but none of the others seem to make me laugh so much. Apollo is just so sassy and snarky, and his disdain for humans rings with hilarious truth.

    I think I like these Apollo stories so much more because they feel the most unique. Many of the other voices - e.g. Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase - started to blend together after a little while, and their characters were hard to distinguish from one another. And the plots of the other books seemed to move in similar cycles of prophecy-quest-resolution, whereas this and

    contained more surprises.

    Did I mention that it's full of laughs?

    Also, I just kind of love that Apollo is a narcissistic ass. Don't get me wrong, I praised the Percy Jackson series for being all about how a seemingly regular kid discovers he is actually so much more and proceeds to become a hero. This is a great message. But sometimes there is just something so delightful about a character who is definitely NOT a hero and doesn't even pretend to be.

    In this book, Apollo has left Camp Half-Blood behind and is venturing out to restore Oracles and - hopefully - regain his place on Mount Olympus after Zeus cast him out and made him human. It is full of

    , as well as some great LGBTQ+ representation (Apollo is, himself, bisexual). I can't wait for more.

    Quick note: there are spoilers for the Percy Jackson books, so maybe don't read this if you haven't read them yet.

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  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Sep 13, 2016

    This was a completely fabulous sequel to

    ! Although I didn't like it

    as much because

    it wasn't

    hilarious, although still funny, and

    the plot wasn't as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely solid read for me and I think I'm half in love with Apollo -- who is a DORK and narcissist and but what can you do. He's adorable.

    This was a completely fabulous sequel to

    ! Although I didn't like it

    as much because

    it wasn't

    hilarious, although still funny, and

    the plot wasn't as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely solid read for me and I think I'm half in love with Apollo -- who is a DORK and narcissist and but what can you do. He's adorable.

    He's still 100% full of himself and really surprised when the world doesn't revolve around him (this happens to the best of us tbh), but he keeps getting more and more loyal to his demigod companions. And he's utter trash for looking after Meg. And, on occasion, he might even do something self-sacrificial instead of letting everyone else perish in his wake. #lovely

    I mean, I get it...he's was horrible god. But like he tries so hard and Meg is so mean to him and Calypso and Leo give him 500% a rough time. Althoooooough. That is also what friends are for. And everyone they meet blames him for EVERYTHING. It's actually surprising that he stays in such good spirits about his own godliness when he's cleaning toilets and peeling carrots.

    I wasn't really invested in her in book #1, and she just continues to be a rude little turnip. I suppose it's meant to be endearing??? I find the actual root vegetable more endearing. I guess I'm a fan of manners and kindness, both of which Meg is allergic to.

    • the unexpected; because seriously you have no idea what this book is going to throw at you next

    • gods on facebook

    • monsters, murder, and mayhem

    • booby traps

    • prophecies that nearly kill you

    • tofu

    • mechanical dragons that are designed like lego

    • a house that only shows you the rooms it wants to and expands when requested

    • griffins

    • featuring f/f parent couple

    • bisexual Apollo

    • sass

    • fighting

    • SASSSSSSSSSS

    The lines are HYSTERICAL and I think Apollo's tendency to use "god like speech" but then mesh it with modern pop-culture references and narcissistic haikus is just the best thing since cupcakes were invented. I am such a fan omg. He's got a relaly different voice to Percy Jackson too, which is GREAT.

    They're on an adventure that continually unravels, so it's not the same-old-same-old plot set up (get a prophecy, assemble a team, go on a quest, nearly die, etc.) of the PJO books. It's just a bit refreshing and sets them apart.

    Erm. No. There

    spoilers for the Percy books. And even that aside, you wouldn't get a lot of the references/characters.

    Maybe it wasn't as fast moving or exciting as other Halfblood books, and maaaaybe it dragged a bit in the middle. But it was still funny and used a LOT of the more obscure Greek myths so I was forced to

    . How dare it. I'm definitely a huge fan of Apollo!! 10/10 will recommend giving Apollo a cookie and perhaps a break, but also it's hilarious to watch him suffer through being a human.

  • Zain Otoom
    Apr 08, 2017

    Oh my lord O_o

    I think I've gone blind looking at this cover O_o

  • P
    Jan 20, 2017

    I hysterically laughed my ass off while I was reading this book on the BTS. The Dark Prophecy picks up after what happened in The Hidden Oracle. Lester, aka Apollo, teamed up with Leo and his girlfriend and comes to Indianapolis to pursue the prophecy he was bestowed. The tone of this book is as good as the first book but the pace is quite slow. Apollo reminded me of Deadpool talking with readers with his sarcastic tone. His developm

    I hysterically laughed my ass off while I was reading this book on the BTS. The Dark Prophecy picks up after what happened in The Hidden Oracle. Lester, aka Apollo, teamed up with Leo and his girlfriend and comes to Indianapolis to pursue the prophecy he was bestowed. The tone of this book is as good as the first book but the pace is quite slow. Apollo reminded me of Deadpool talking with readers with his sarcastic tone. His development is promiment and what I have expected. His attitude is frivolous as always, you know, but it's the point of this series why it's so much differrent from the Percy Jackson series despite the fact that it's sharing the same world-building.

    Leo, on the other hand, is a solid character in this book. Although he is oafish at times, he still got my attention as he did in The Heroes of Olympus. Moreover, the emperor, Commodus, is exactly a narcissistic character that I almost died of laughing, and I think he might be my favorite villain of all time. Meg is one of the best protagonists I've ever seen. From the first half of this book, I thought her character was such a typical heroine, and I had no idea how wrong I was until the very end of this book. She's so intricate !

    The griffins are excellent that

    However, sometimes I didn't get what Lester were talking about, I knew it's all his music or rhyme, but it's also one of the reasons why I didn't enjoy this fully.

    The ending of this led me to the long wait for the next book. Yet I have a gut feeling it's gonna be as exciting as the fourth book of the Percy Jackson series.

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  • Clau R.
    May 22, 2017

    More like 3.5 stars.

    I enjoyed this book, I really did. Apollo was hilarious (again).

    But to be honest, I didn't feel it had anything special or memorable. It was just okay.


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