My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m never disappointed with any of Rick Riordan’s books based on the Greek/Roman mythology. The Dark Prophecy is no exception. In fact, it is one of those rare books that I like much more than the first book in the series.
In the Dark Prophecy, we continue on the quest with Apollo to free his oracles and restore the power of prophecy to the world. Meanwhile, he must also find and save Meg, a 12-year-old demigod who also happens to his Master. This time, his visions lead him, Leo and Calypso to the state of Indianapolis.
The book is action-packed as it is a plot driven novel. So much happens in this book that I never had a boring moment while I was reading. Each scene added to the story and helped the plot progress further.
However, it is the characters that steal the show. Apollo is still as funny, snarky, selfish and obnoxious as he was in the first book. He is a whiny and self-serving character, although since he was once a God, it’s understandable. He is still getting used to not being immortal anymore and not having other people who would do his job for him. Nevertheless, he is also much more empathetic this time around. He now understands the danger involved in going on quests and why demigods were not so keen on them. It is also really endearing when he acts as a big brother and constantly worried about Meg.
I also love Leo and Calypso in this story. Their relationship is better explored, and I liked that not everything was picture perfect between them. They still have little moments of insecurities. Adding Leo to the story had another bonus too. Between his one-liners and Apollo’s internal monologues, I was laughing my socks off till the very end. There is so much dry humor in this book that it makes my sarcastic heart very happy.
The writing style, as usual, is funny, fast-paced, and very easy to read. For inexplicable reasons, I feel like this series is a tad darker than his other books. I also admire the way he handled Apollo’s bisexuality in a ‘matter-of-fact’ fashion where it was just another part of his personality.
All in all, this is a fabulous book, perfect if you are in the mood for some light entertainment. Pick it up if you are a fan of the prequels, the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of the Olympus series.
P.S: There is a mention of Indra, a Hindu God, and I freaked out a little bit. Now, all I want is for Rick to write a series featuring the Hindu Pantheon.