The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
  

The Dark Prophecy

Written by Rick Riordan
Part of the The Trials of Apollo Series

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In a nutshell: epic adventure, story-telling genius

It’s not easy being immortal in Rick Riordan’s Greek-myth inspired sagas, and Apollo has every right to feel fed up in this one. As punishment for misdemeanours, he’s been sent to Earth by Zeus to live as a mortal teenager. Not only has he various heroic quests to fulfil, none of them easy, he has all the indignities of adolescence to cope with too; no wonder the book opens with his exclamation, ‘Gods, I hate my life!’. Cruising into Indiana aboard their flying metal dragon, he and his divine friends Leo and Calypso immediately run into trouble in the form of non-human adversaries, and from then on the action is fast, furious and often very funny. Once again, Riordan mixes adventure and mythology, delivering it all via his sharp, sassy teen characters. It makes for irresistible reading, and Riordan really is ‘storyteller of the gods’. ~ Andrea Reece

Readers who haven’t read the Percy Jackson books, which are referenced throughout this series, really should. More more larger than life adventure, Derek Landy’s Demon Road series is more gruesome, but just as addictive and entertaining.

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first in The Trial of Apollo series, The Hidden Oracle. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Lucy Minton, age 13 -  'The book was incredible and completely blew me away...I laughed, *nearly* cried, and felt a whirlwind of emotions when reading.
  • Alex Hall, age 11 - 'I jumped for joy when I saw this book, as I enjoyed other Percy Jackson novels. When the God Apollo is cast down from Olympus, he must face trials against wrong doing. This book won't disappoint!'
  • Emma Corden, age 11 - 'Overall the book is very good and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'I couldn’t stop reading this book, and even though I loved Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase, I think this is Rick Riordan’s best series ever! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!'
  • Alex Nicholson, age 11 - 'As a keen fan of Rick Riordan’s stories; his latest book The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle, was amazing and didn’t disappoint one bit! Thoroughly recommended - I loved it!'
  • Seren Daly, age 10 - 'I found this book fantastic and really hard to put down.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat. You don’t need to have read the Percy Jackson books to understand this series. I recommend this book to 9+ Percy Jackson and mythology fans. I give it 5*****.'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 10 - 'The Trials of Apollo is a mega exciting new series based on Greek mythology, full of amazing challenges. Its action packed and features many favourite characters from other books.'

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Synopsis

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

The second title in Rick Riordan's Trials of Apollo series - set in the action-packed world of Percy Jackson. The 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 done. Somewhere 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?

For more Percy Jackson news and competitions visit www.percyjackson.co.uk

About the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006 and is now a blockbuster film franchise, starring Logan Lerman.

Rick Riordan is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. His short fiction has appeared in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

To find out more about Percy Jackson - visit www.percyjackson.co.uk

A Q AND A WITH RICK RIORDAN

Where did you get the idea for Percy Jackson?

My son Haley asked me to tell him some bedtime stories about the Greek gods and heroes. I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply. When I ran out of myths, he was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters. I thought about it for a few minutes. Then I remembered a creative writing project I used to do with my sixth graders — I would let them create their own demigod hero, the son or daughter of any god they wanted, and have them describe a Greek-style quest for that hero. Off the top of my head, I made up Percy Jackson and told Haley all about his quest to recover Zeus’ lightning bolt in modern day America. It took about three nights to tell the whole story, and when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book. I had a lot to do already, but I somehow found the time to write the first Percy Jackson book over the next year. I just really enjoyed writing it. The story was such fun, and so different from my adult fiction, that I found myself spending a lot of time on it. Now, I’m sure glad I did!

• The Lightning Thief deals with magic and the Greek gods. Are you worried about censorship?

In Western Civilization, we’ve always had an uneasy mix between Classical mythology and Judeo-Christian values. As a culture, we tend to believe in one God, but we also grow up steeped in these wonderful old stories about the Olympians. As long as we recognize them as stories that are part of our heritage and long-since stopped being any kind of serious religion, I don’t see the harm in learning mythology. In fact, I think you have to know Greek myths to understand where our modern culture came from. It’s part of being an educated member of society. The Lightning Thief explores Greek mythology in a modern setting, but it does so as a humorous work of fantasy. I’m certainly not interested in changing or contradicting anyone’s religious beliefs. Early in the book, the character Chiron makes a distinction between God, capital-G, the creator of the universe, and the Greek gods (lower-case g). Chiron says he doesn’t want to delve into the issue of God, but he has no qualms about discussing the Olympians because they are a “much smaller matter.” The gods of Olympus are archetypes. They are deeply embedded in and inseparable from Western thought. The book pays tribute to the legacy of Olympus as one of the roots of our culture.

• Have you ever been to Greece or Italy, or are you planning to travel there?

Yes, I’ve been to both Italy and Greece, but only after I finished the Percy Jackson series, which is ironic. One doesn’t need to travel there, however, to appreciate the stories from mythology. Those are quite universal.

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Paperback
432 pages

Author

Rick Riordan
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2018

ISBN

9780141363967

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