The Dark Prophecy – Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy – Rick Riordan, Disney Hyperion, (9781484746424), 2017

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: fantasy

What did you like about the book? This is the second book of the Trials of Apollo series. In the first book, Apollo was cast to earth by Zeus and turned into a teenage boy named Lester. Lester is acne-prone, narcissistic and can’t wait to be a god again, but he must restore the Oracles to get Zeus to return him to his godly status. He’s accompanied by Leo and Calypso and looking for Meg when they encounter Commodus who is doing some interesting things to Indianapolis. The action starts quickly with the first attack before page 20 and continues throughout the book as the characters must defend themselves and others. As is typical of Riordan, the dialogue is snappy and filled with humor. Diversity (race, sexual orientation, religion) is on display, as well as some lesser-known Greek myths for students obsessed with Greek mythology. This book was fun from start to finish!

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? Rick Riordan fans! Students should read at least the original Percy Jackson books and book one of this series before digging in.

Who should buy this book? All schools.

Where would you shelve it ? fantasy

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you’re obsessed with the series; otherwise just let this one sell itself!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: July 24, 2017

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