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The Dark Prophecy

Written by Rick Riordan

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Humorous Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on The Dark Prophecy

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’. 

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.

Andrea Reece

The Dark Prophecy Synopsis

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?

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The Dark Prophecy 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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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141363967
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141363950
Publication date: 02/05/2017
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141363967
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks

About Rick Riordan

A World Book Day Author 2019 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.For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and ...

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