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The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo Book 2) I wanted to love this book I ve been reading all of Riordan s mythology series since the beginning with Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief but this one fell flat to me Riordan for whatever reason is officially in a slump of epic proportions, arguably dating back to the first Trials of Apollo book The heart and humor which defined Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles, Heroes of Olympus, and at least the first tome of Magnus Chase There was a little bit of humor, but it was not the humor we typically get from Riordan The jokes were simple and lacked the cleverness that defines Riordan s typical work I will try to pick out some strengths, then address the most glaring weaknesses and end with a few strengths.First, I really enjoyed Apollo s growth He started out as the spoiled god of the sun which defined his character in the first of these books The fact that he did not grow is my biggest annoyance about the first book in the series, The Hidden Oracle Finally, Apollo began to show some growth and began to recognize the value of humanity beyond just amusements for gods It takes some very tragic occurrences for him to get there, but Apollo finally grows The downside of that is that his growth takes basically until the end of the third act, so we get very little of the new and improved Apollo Hopefully this growth will stick and salvage the final book in this trilogy Another good part is the introduction of new mythologies, such as the Crete and Minoan gods who predated the Greek societies I wish Riordan would have spent a little bit time on these He even introduced some African mythology in a potential hint for a new series, but that is also a negative so on Jimmy a little later Further, I love the villains in this series Unlike previous series that Riordan has written, the antagonist is not a typical god, but former Roman Emperors As a history buff I love seeing this new take on the series.Now we get to the negatives, which are unfortunately prevalent My first negative is that the story was very static By that I mean that we did not have the typical quest that is so common in Riordan s works We spend the entire book in and around Indianapolis There was no goal that we could travel with our heroes This particular format proved to be flat, static and boring.I think one of the biggest minuses for this book was the overemphasis of gay lesbian characters.Now, I loved when Nico DiAngelo came out as gay in The House of Hades It proved to be a major positive for his character and the series I am also gay, so I have no qualms with a gay character but Apollo s commentary on cute attractive males in complete overkill It borders on being offensive We don t need every time Apollo sees an attractive male for him to comment on their attractiveness There are subtle ways to do the same thing without making it seem like Apollo is attracted to every male he sees Further, every significant new character in this book was either bisexual or homosexual That s not necessary and again overkill Emmie and Jo are lesbian parents to a crucial character The same role could have been sisters with one having a daughter and the other a niece I don t necessarily mind that they are a lesbian couple, but combined with Apollo s constant references to past boyfriends and cute boys it adds to the overkill Worst of all, a new character was introduced who at first seemed to only be an object for Apollo to fascinate over, even earning the offensive title of loincloth Jimmy The character, whose real name is Olujiame, is revealed to have a potential connection to other gods, from African mythology perhaps I fear this is an introduction to the successor series to Magnus Chase Don t get me wrong, I would love for Riordan to tackle African myths in about five years But right now, I think he needs to take a break His writing in this book just reads like he is bored and phoning it in It is understandable since he has been putting out a book a year since 2005 I want to close with a positive The last fifth of the book is good Best of all, Apollo and the reader understand an important message of kindness, understanding, empathy and compassion If you can make it through the first 24 chapters or so there are some strong redeeming qualities that make up for some of the major problems that prevent this book from being among the greats of Riordan s career I choose to believe that the books ending provides some hope for the future of this series and the Magnus Chase series. Bellissimo sempre un capolavoro di rick rriordan che nn szi smentisce mai Ho deciso di leggere la verzione inglese per vedere cosa sono riuscito a capire. All perfect Once again Riordan does a wonderful job of blending the old with the new This story is a superb addition to the line of new mythology he weaves with every book or series Hopefully he never stops In the next book let s hope we meet old friends again and are introduced to new as the epic continues. Rick Riordan is now 12 books in his giant series that started with The Lightning Thief and he is not slowing down The Dark Prophecy picks up 6 weeks after the conclusion of The Hidden Oracle and we start off with action right from the get go The one thing I love about Rick Riordan s books is that you are never bored If there isn t any action going on your laughing your head off, if your not laughing your reading some gripping action sequences It is one entertaining book from start to finish I am enjoying Apollo so much as the MC, do I miss Percy of course but Apollo just has this freshness about him even though he is 1000 years old It was great to see Leo and Calypso again after the ending of The Blood of Olympus Heck it was even great to see Thalia again I loved Thalia The Riordan is keeping the story fresh but finding ways to bring all his other well loved characters back into the flow is just simply amazing and I for one cannot wait to continue on this journey and see how it all comes to an end For some resson, I got the large print instead of the regular print edtion I ordered.Riodran charms us with his wit once again Despite the serious plot, a talking arrow is the comic relief as well as Apollo It s just as engaging, if not , than the first book The plot and thoughts flow better.However, I was wondering how Megan McCafferty aged two years in six months Age is usually described to get a sense of apperance for young characters I heard that Meg was a trans though It s very confusing to imagine her appearance while reading the book Even confusing is that she still fits in Sally Jackson s clothes And was able to do so as a ten year old The change from appearing ten to twelve often includes significant growth and development.Even complex is how a seven year old can be the size of Leo Valdez He was described as being scrawny compared to white people, but does not mention that Calypso is taller or wahtever So, I will assume that Calypso is even petite than Leo Which isn t suprising, as my Greek relatives are very petite.I loved how accepting everyone is of Hematia and Josphine s relationship Usually, people face scorn for interrracial relationships, even for homosexual ones They don t seem to mention the stigma, which would be surprising in Indianapolis the mid west is racist and conservative for the most part They just don t seem to care and ignore the world That makes them very brave, especially since Josephine is from the 20 s.A would read for sure The actual book was in great condition, but had differently styled cover art than the edition of the first one I bought The length is very reasonable too, about 400 pages compared the first one with a skimpy 250 It included a short story that is in The Demigod Diaries, which was disappointing since the first one had a new to me short story. tutto perfetto The Second Title In Rick Riordan S Trials Of Apollo Series Set In The Action Packed World Of Percy JacksonThe God Apollo, Cast Down To Earth And Trapped In The Form Of A Gawky Teenage Boy As Punishment, Must Set Off On The Second Of His Harrowing And Hilarious Trials He And His Companions Seek The Ancient Oracles Restoring Them Is The Only Way For Apollo To Reclaim His Place On Mount Olympus But This Is Easier Said Than DoneSomewhere In The American Midwest Is 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 A Now Mortal Goddess, A Bronze Dragon, And Some Familiar Demigod Faces From Camp Half Blood With Them By His Side, Can Apollo Face Down The Greatest Challenge Of His Four Thousand Years Of Existence


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