Parents' Guide to

The Dark Prophecy: The Trials of Apollo, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

More action-focused sequel a win for Percy Jackson fans.

Book Rick Riordan Fantasy 2017
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Really guys?

Again, these parent reviews are just blatant homophobia. Its a really good book with lots of information about mythology and shows a lot of character development. Also could be a nice read for children who were adopted, a main plot point surrounds the adopted daughter of a lesbian couple, and the book never suggests that they are anything but family. Really nice read for younger children

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

Could not finish

Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to finish this one. What other reviews don't tell you is that Apollo describes in great detail his physical attraction the emperor. The description is more lustful than romantic and for me it was so over the top that it overpowered the true story line.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (14 ):

If you like fighting mythological creatures and impossible quests that lead to more impossible quests and more fighting mythological creatures, you will thoroughly dig this sequel. By the end of the book you'll need the help of Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, just to recall when Apollo and friends fought the giant serpent, when they were set upon by pits of smaller venomous snakes or weird creatures with faces below their armpits, or by Germani soldiers, or by helmeted fighting ostriches. It's all big fun, but it does blur together after a while.

There's less focus on character development here than in the first book, The Hidden Oracle, mostly because Apollo has already accepted his fate as a tortured mortal. His endearing relationship with Meg, his polar opposite, continues to develop on the sidelines of all the action. And the dedication of the ex-hunter couple Emmie and Jo to their mortal life as parents in the Waystation adds nice depth to the story. Blink, and you'll miss it, though. The Dark Prophecy is back to the action quicker than one of Artemis' Hunters can draw her bow.

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