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The Dark Prophecy

(The Trials of Apollo #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  69,041 ratings  ·  5,255 reviews
Go west. Capture Apollo before he can find the next oracle.
If you cannot bring him to me alive, kill him.

Those were the orders my old enemy Nero had given to Meg McCaffrey. But why would an ancient Roman emperor zero in on Indianapolis? And now that I have made it here (still in the embarrassing form of Lester Papadopoulos), where is Meg?

Meg, my demigod master, is a ca
Hardcover, First Edition, 414 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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Colinne Patrice Yes I would love that. Also something crossed my mind when I was re-reading the whole series: Venus told Reyna that she would not be loved by a demi-g…moreYes I would love that. Also something crossed my mind when I was re-reading the whole series: Venus told Reyna that she would not be loved by a demi-god. Which might mean she'll fall in love with a god instead. And then the next book comes Apollo, falling from the sky, recounting how he has lost the two only people he ever truly loved. What if he met Reyna and the two fell for each other? She is awesome, I can see him falling for her no problem. Of course I don't think she would not be much impressed by him at first (notably his egomaniac side could be a downer) but if he proved his worth by reclaiming the oracles (without whining to much about it) she would probably start liking him, with her being a Roman and a sucker for duty and honour and all that...
Anyway I do hope that we see a lot of her in the future books, whether or not she ends up with Apollo.(less)
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Emily May
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2017
I tried to think of a brilliant plan. Unfortunately, the only thing that came to mind was weeping in terror.

What an absolute dork. I love him so much

Honestly, Apollo is hands down my favourite character that Riordan has ever created. I know all of these books have the same light, humourous tone, but none of the others seem to make me laugh so much. Apollo is just so sassy and snarky, and his disdain for humans rings with hilarious truth.

I think I like these Apollo stories so much more beca
Tharindu Dissanayake
"Hail, Toilet Caesar"
"I don't like spoilers."

With The Hidden Oracle's prophecy unraveled, our ex-god - demigod - ex-sorceress trio is already on the way towards the second stage of the journey. As if it hadn't been funny enough with all the bad things which kept happening to Apollo, Leo is back, not only to add his own share of humor, but to torment Apollo whenever possible.

"That is one messed-up Oracle."
"Defense Plan Omega - falling to my knees and begging for mercy."

An entirely new set of vivi
C.G. Drews
Basically it's just the #1 fact of life that any book in the Camp Halfblood world CAN DO NO WRONG. This was a completely fabulous sequel to The Hidden Oracle! Although I didn't like it quite as much because (A) it wasn't as hilarious, although still funny, and (B) the plot wasn't as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely solid read for me and I think I'm half in love with Apollo -- who is a DORK and narcissist and but what can you do. He's adorable.

I think Apollo's ch
May 04, 2016 marked it as to-read

It's out. We did it guys. We made it through the waiting.

And boy, was it worth it. (Full review coming soon!)


"Expected Publication: 2017"




UPDATE: On further reflection I've decided to add a handy guide to help you get through this wait. Here are some steps I recommend from experience:

-Obsessively re-read The Hidden Oracle
-Obsessively re-read the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series
-Obsessively re-read every single thing Rick Riordan has
Claudia Ramírez
More like 3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this book, I really did. Apollo was hilarious (again).
But to be honest, I didn't feel it had anything special or memorable. It was just okay.
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
4.5 Golden Stars

Let's start,
Shall we?

I loved it & enjoyed it, not as much as book 1 or 3 tho, but it was amazing! WOW! Apollo! I didn't see that/those coming!
Rick writes astonishingly by great choices of words & events & making the story goes on excitingly & by adding unique fun makes it double awesome. He inserts everything needed to make a book BREATHTAKING & INTERESTING! (fun, thrills, feels)
why I love to re-read? because I find new clues (after reading next book(s) in the series) & I did in
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Rick Riordan book is just pure fun.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“Please get off!” the trooper wailed. “Please and thank you!”

I hysterically laughed my ass off while I was reading this book on the BTS. The Dark Prophecy picks up after what happened in The Hidden Oracle. Lester, aka Apollo, teamed up with Leo and his girlfriend and comes to Indianapolis to pursue the prophecy he was bestowed. The tone of this book is as good as the first book but the pace is quite slow. Apollo reminded me of Deadpool talking with readers with his sarcastic tone. His develo
Ahmed  Ejaz
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-lengths, 2017
Most of you must have gotten by now that I have gotten completely addicted to Rick Riordan. This is the 12th book I have read by him and I read the previous eleven books almost in row. And the thought of any regret didn't even pass before me.

Well, for this book it was much better than the last one. It was more gripping and more interesting. The only thing which was missing here was Percbeth!! Annabeth didn't even appear in the last one. She is helping her relative or something....WHATEVER!
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I honestly don't know how Rick Riordan's books keep getting funnier but they do somehow. Being in Apollo's head, while annoying at times, is hilarious.
I enjoyed this book but didn't *love* it. I think Apollo just doesn't appeal to me as much as Percy or any of the other Demigods, but it's really interesting and entertaining to have a new perspective. I'm excited to see where it goes next!
prag ♻
● lesbian warriors who gave up immortality to live with each other & build a home open to anybody who doesn't have one
● bisexual main character
● a talking arrow who sprouts bits of shakespearean wisdom randomly (yes he's my favorite character,, riptide who?)
I narrowed my eyes. “Are you someh
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

"I, the most important passenger, the youth who had once been the glorious god Apollo, was forced to sit in the back of the dragon."

More than once while reading I've had to ponder: Am I getting too old for Percy Jackson? That thought filled me with such terror I had to drink from my Butterbeer cup and gaze up at my wall of Taylor Swift posters to confirm that, yes, I was a stinkin'no-good millennial who blows her money on stupid shit instead helping the economy.

But as I read on, I r
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I'm so tired of the shameless liberal advertising in books lately. I'm seeing it in nearly every YA book I pick up, but reading it in a middle grade book, a book meant for children, was the last straw. It prompted me to finally write something about this vastly growing issue.

There I was, happily content to be reading some fun Rick Riordan mythology again, when suddenly a huge sign with the words LIBERAL BRAINWASHING AHEAD popped up. You know when you're in the middle of watching a YouTube video
Zain Otoom
Apr 08, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh my lord O_o
I think I've gone blind looking at this cover O_o
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2), Rick Riordan
The Dark Prophecy is an American fantasy novel based on Greek and Roman mythology written by Rick Riordan. It was published on May 2, 2017, and is the second book in The Trials of Apollo series.
Six weeks after losing Meg McCaffrey to Nero and receiving the first prophecy, Apollo, Leo, Festus and Calypso are headed on a journey to stop Nero and the Triumvirate from controlling all of the oracles. Apollo has a vision that Margeret was sent
lauren ♡
EDIT #3: Decided to drop this down to 4 stars because the more I think about it the more I was caught up in my own hype when I gave it 5 stars. I still loved it though!!

EDIT #2: Whilst I didn't love this as much as I loved The Hidden Oracle it was still AMAZING. It's no surprise that everything Rick writes is going to be a favourite of mine. Apollo is such a great character and I love his dynamic with Meg so much. I think the reason why I enjoyed THO more was because it was set at Camp Half Blo
Belinda (TheBookBuddies)
Still funny and entertaining, but not as funny and entertaining as book one. I was a little disappointed because one of my favorite aspects of book one was that Apollo interacted with his kids, and I was fully expecting a couple of them to join him on this quest (namely Will with Nico tagging along). And while I did get familiar faces none of his kids joined him.

However, many new characters are introduced who I grew to like. Then we have one of my babies who finally returned. (view spoiler)
Bhavik (Semi Hiatus)
Final Review (May add more later) :

*spoiler alert!* much I had missed it!
All the characters new and old...even the Villain they all brought so much fun!
Leo and Calypso were amaze!
Apollo ofcourse was funny as usual!
Although 1st book was a tad bit better and yet I did enjoy it!

(Gonna stop here now coz net may stop any moment sigh)

Edit 1 :

[Bringing you this update before it gets entangled in ACO
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
I always enjoy reading the books written by Rick Riordan. The stories flow well and the characters are are well developed and thay always make me laugh. I really liked how this book was put together. I was really addicted and could not put the book down at all. He still the best imagination ever. How does he still come up with this stuff? Always an adventure. Best teacher I ever had. And will probably have until i'm like 45 lol. ...more
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
"It's not how long you live that matters. It's what you live for."
- Josephine.

The Dark Prophecy continues the onerous journey of the god formerly known as Apollo (lol) with consistent wit, humour and hidden gems of lessons and wisdom.

Apollo's personality and promiscuity is brought out in a humorously apt and consequential manner (btw...slut-shaming, regardless of gender, is so vapid. Like it's inane to pick a favourite ice-cream flavour without sampling a bunch of them, lol). Especially, when th
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
oh man this is only the second book in a five-books series and shit is already hitting the fan

really fun installment. apollo is such a humorous, entertaining, and surprisingly likable narrator. great new cast of characters introduced in this book. v exciting, kind of complicated plotline. all in all, good stuff, uncle rick.

video review:
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
✨4 stars✨
I’d like Rick Riordan to write my life please. Is that possible? Pretty please with karpos thrown peaches on top? His writing is so captivating and I know that technically it’s aimed at a slightly younger audience than me but like sorry what? Didn’t hear you over how much I bloody adore the mythological world he’s created.

Apollo remains to be such a walking, talking, wonderful contradiction. But he’s working on it, going from a god to a spotty mortal teen, slowly coming to terms with t
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Video review!
This series is just gonna get better and better, huh?
Rereading this in the #ReadRiordanBookClub for March, 2018.

"As long as Gods shall live, so long shall I love you"

It's a masterpiece.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-star

This book is such an absolute delight. It's one of those things in life you thought you really didn't need until it enters your life and proves you completely wrong. Then, you vociferously realize that you need more of it, NOW.

In a world where hatred, suffering, and oppression seem to proliferate exponentially (at least in the news, no thanks to the orange cheeto occupying the white house and his enablers in the house and senate), this book is a much-needed tonic of unbridled laughter, sass, an
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rick-riordan-ily
Don't mind me I'm not really crying simply because GROVER IS BACK BITCHES

Finally returning to this book after an unexpected relapse of binge watching Netflix...

Being productive.
It's such a human concept. It implies you have limited time (LOL) and have to work hard to make something happen (double LOL).

Thanks for reminding me being a human sucks 😢😢😢

Meg would you please stop being an ungrateful bitch and say you're sorry
Thank you
Dianna ♡ the belle and the book ♡
Calypso edged toward the griffins. I followed behind her—not because I was scared to lead, mind you. Everyone knows that when advancing into danger, the soprano goes first. They are your infantry, while the altos and tenors are your cavalry, and the bass your artillery. I’ve tried to explain this to Ares a million times, but he has no clue about vocal arrangement.

It has been months since I've read a really entertaining book and I've forgotten just how e
Ashley Nuckles
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had been debating for a night what rating I would give this one, and I settled on 4.75 stars (even though I put 5).

This book got REALLY GOOD REALLY FAST, it was just the very beginning that was sluggish to me. I got 35 pages in and actually put it down for the rest of the day. But other than that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

I just want to say LEO. AND CALYPSO. MY BABIES. And Apollo goes through some serious character development in this one and I absolutely loved it. (Now I only hope he doesn't re

The Dark Prophecy is the second book in the Trials of Apollo, a series focusing on the god Apollo who has been cast down to Earth as a mortal and forced to complete a quest to save everyone. I have a review up for the first book, the one before this review on my blog. I will also warn that there may be a few minor spoilers for book one, but if you’re not too bothered by that then read ahead, friends!

The Dark Prophecy may be my least favourit
Rating: 5

Riordan showcases once again his best skills: an irresistibly engaging narrator, funny and snarky side characters, embarrassing and dangerous scenarios, and an abundance of humor. Infused with allusion to classical mythology and other historical events, the plot is fast-paced and follows Apollo and his friends through a series of tests and other obstacles: he encounters two admirable former Hunters, a certain glass-eyed toughie and plenty of demigods. Apollo's mis-adventures are engross
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Other books in the series

The Trials of Apollo (5 books)
  • The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
  • The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)
  • The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, #4)
  • The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5)

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