The Trials of Apollo, Book Two:  The Dark Prophecy  by Rick Riordan

It’s hard to imagine the great Greek God Apollo as a contemporary gawky 16-year-old.  But Rick Riordan has just that kind of imagination, and extends the winning new series about Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) and his quest to win back his father Zeus’s approval through over-coming the obstacles of being a mortal.  Not just day-to-day difficulties either.  With his new friends–both mortal and immortal, demi-God and Hunter, Sorceress and blemyae–Apollo/Leo struggles to restore several Oracles that have gone dark. Riordan reimagines Indiana as the home of the evil Triumvirate that adore bloodshed and incredible and gory spectacles.  I love the humor and fantasy, the delightful dialogue, the amazing characters ( including the bronze dragon Festus and the incredible warrior elephant Livie).  A celebration of bravery, friendship, and the spirit of adventure, Trials of Apollo Two is a hit.  Highly recommended.

If this is a new series for you, you’ll want to check out our review of the first book in the series:  The Trials of Apollo, Book One:  The Hidden Oracle. 


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