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“The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: Dark Prophecy” (2017) is the second book in the five-book adventure series authored by Rick Riordan. Apollo, ancient Greek/Roman god of the sun, music, archery, and poetry, has been stripped of his godly powers after being blamed for certain events. As further punishment, he is turned into a young boy called Lester Papadopoulos.
To reclaim his godly nature, Apollo is forced to go on a journey and battle the deadly Triumvirate along with Meg McCaffrey, a young girl and demigod [the child of Greek goddess Demeter and a human].
Apollo, now Lester the boy, and Meg stop in Indianapolis for rest and repairs. There they discover a hidden safe haven known as The Waystation and its protectors. They learn that one of the triumvirate’s emperors is based in the area. That emperor attempts to kill Apollo and all of the other heroes which leads to a large-scale battle between the inhabitants of The Waystation and the emperor’s forces. In the midst of the deadly fight, Apollo struggles with an internal conflict and memories of his life before becoming Lester.
My favorite character in the book is Leo Valder; he has funny jokes and a great back story found in previous books by Riordan. “Dark Prophecy” pales in comparison to Riordan’s other books in this series, as there is little progress in character development. But “Dark Prophecy” has the same humor as the other novels in the series. I have read all of Riordan’s books on mythology and would rate this one as 6.5 out of 10. I recommend “Dark Prophecy” for readers ages 11-16; it is perfect for casual and fun reading.
ABOUT BRIAN MCCLAIN
Brian “Big Dog” McClain, 14, is a Rutherford High School freshman. Brian enjoys spending time with friends, writing, traveling, and of course reading!