Author: Rick Riordan
Series Number: 2
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Genres: YA Urban Fantasy, Mythology
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?
After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .
i absolutely loved the hidden oracle. in saying that, i didn’t like the dark prophecy as much. it was good, but not great. i rarely find sequels better than the first book though.
one thing i didn’t like about the dark prophecy is the introduction of so many characters. yes, most were characters from previous series, but it became too many people to keep track of. there were many points when i just became confused, and started asking questions like “wait, who’s that?” and “why are they in this scene?”. (although i do enjoy getting to see some of the old characters and all the different series connecting in small ways).
one thing i loved most about the hidden oracle was the humour. the dark prophecy was definitely lacking in comparison. the plot wasn’t as complex and well written as the first book either.
apollo’s still the same old narcissistic ass as always, and that’s one thing i’ll always love about his character. it’s refreshing to have a self obsessed asshole as a protagonist.
this series is honestly amazing. it’s one of riordan’s best. i highly recommend it, even if you may not have liked some of his previous works.