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#BookReview: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan



The Dark Prophecy
(The Trials of Apollo #2)
by Rick Riordan
Rating: ---------The Dark Prophecy
(The Trials of Apollo #2)
de Rick Riordan
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Synopsis:The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing (and hilarious) trials. He and his companions seek the ancient oracles - restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus - but this is easier said than done. Somewhere in the American Midwest is a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again...if it doesnt kill him or drive him insane first.

Standing in Apollos way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate - a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of a now-mortal goddess, a bronze dragon, and some familiar demigod faces from Camp Half-Blood. With them by his side, can Apollo face down the greatest challenge of his 4,000 years of existence?

---------Sinopsis:El dios Apolo, arrojado a la tierra y atrapado en forma de un adolescente desgarbado como castigo, debe emprender el segundo de sus desgarradores (y divertidos) juicios. Él y sus compañeros buscan los oráculos antiguos; restaurarlos es la única forma en que Apolo pueda reclamar su lugar en el Monte Olimpo, pero es más fácil decirlo que hacerlo. En algún lugar del Medio Oeste americano hay una cueva embrujada que puede contener respuestas para Apolo en su intento por volverse un dios... si no lo matan o lo vuelve loco primero.

Interponiendose en el camino de Apolo se encuentra el segundo miembro del malvado Triunvirato, un emperador romano cuyo amor por el derramamiento de sangre y el espectáculo hacen que incluso Nero se vea domesticado. Para sobrevivir al encuentro, Apolo necesitará la ayuda de una diosa ahora mortal, un dragón de bronce y algunos semidioses familiares del Campamento Mestizo. Con ellos a su lado, ¿podría Apolo enfrentar el mayor desafío de sus 4.000 años de existencia?

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My Thoughts

This is the second book in the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan which introduces us to an Apollo punished to be a strange and awkward teenager with acne called Lester Papadopoulos after the events of Heroes of Olympus. Apollo must visit each of the oracles used in old days and free them from the bad guys who are preventing the power of the prophecies from flowing. In this installment, Apollo must face a challenge that hits too close to home and that challenges him in the cruelest way.

There are things I liked very much about this book but I didnt like it more than book one; although my opinion of The Hidden Oracle There are things I liked very much about this book but I didnt like it more than book one; although my opinion of The Hidden Oracle wasnt quite favorable, I still spend a great time with it but here, not so much. I cant say anything bad about Riordans writing style, as well as his sense of humor because it really is the best he has as an author. At the same time, his way of using the mythology that we all know, and much more we dont, and making it something extraordinary is even better, however, as far as the development of the plot, things get a bit complicated in my opinion.

I liked that there was a lot of action from the very beginning, there are dangerous encounters, fights with monsters and difficult missions, thats great because it kept me on the edge from the start. But by the middle of the book, I felt that everything that had to be said was already said, so many things had happened that I didnt understand what else could occur. Of course, the most important part hadnt yet arrived and it took half of book just to get into it, which didnt seem quite right.

---------Mi Opinión

Este es el segundo libro de la saga Trials of Apollo de Rick Riordan que nos presenta a un Apollo castigado a ser un extraño y desgarbado adolescente con acné llamado Lester Papadopoulos luego de los acontecimientos de Heroes of Olympus. Apollo debe visitar cada uno de los oráculos utilizados en la antigüedad y liberarlos de los chicos malos que impiden que el poder de las profecías fluya. En esta entrega Apollo debe enfrentarse a desafío que resuena demasiado con él y que lo prueba de la manera más cruel.

Hay cosas que me gustaron mucho de este libro pero no me ha gustado más que el anterior; a pesar que mi opinión de The Hidden Oracle no fue del todo favorable, yo todavía pase un gran momento con él pero aquí, no tanto. No puedo decir nada malo del estilo de la escritura de Riordan, así como su sentido del humor, porque realmente es lo mejor que tiene como autor. Por otra parte, su forma de utilizar la mitología que todos ya sabemos, y mucha otra que no, y convertirla en algo extraordinario es aún mejor, sin embargo, en cuanto al desarrollo de la trama las cosas se ponen un poco complicadas a mi parecer.

Me ha gustado que hubo mucha acción desde el principio, hay encuentros peligrosos, peleas con monstruos y misiones difíciles, eso es genial porque me mantuvo en vilo desde el primer momento. Pero, verdaderamente, a la mitad del libro sentía que todo lo que se debía decir ya estaba dicho, habían pasado tantas cosas que no entendía que más podría ocurrir. Claro que la parte más importante del libro aún no había llegado y se tomó la mitad de este solo entrar en ello, lo cual no me pareció del todo bien.

“Its not how long you live that matters.
Its what you live for.”

Nonetheless, Apollo improved a lot from the book one, and I was surprised on several occasions. He was always hilarious and his misfortunes regarding his mortality are funny to read, which is a very good point in his favor; however not been a proper hero, in this book Apollo faces many situations that have no reward for him.

By another hand, I dont like everyone messing with Apollo and blaming him for everything that happens to them. I understand that his career as a god wasnt quite spectacular, to say the least, but, even when I hadnt been very invested in his history, I am seeing the change in him and I hope the others would also see it. And I still dont like Meg, I feel that her character hasnt grown at all compared to book one and rather exists to aggravate the readers experience.

---------Aunque Apollo mejoró muchísimo a cómo era en el libro anterior, y me sorprendió en varias ocasiones, en especial en su carácter y redimirse como personaje. Él siempre fue cómico y sus desgracias con respecto a ser mortal son graciosas de leer, eso es un punto muy bueno a su favor; a pesar de que él no es un héroe como tal, en este libro Apollo se enfrenta muchas situaciones que no tienen ninguna recompensa para él.

Al mismo tiempo, no me ha gustado que todos se meten con Apollo y lo culpan de todo lo que les pasa. Entiendo que su carrera como dios no ha sido del todo espectacular que digamos pero así como yo, que no he estado muy invertida en su historia, estoy viendo el cambio en él los otros deberían también verlo. Y aún no me gusta Meg, siento que su personaje no ha crecido en nada con respecto al libro anterior y más bien existe para agravar la experiencia del lector.

“Demigods today.
I blame social media for their short attention spans.
When you cant even take the time to listen to a god hold forth, thats just sad.”

In conclusion, although Apollo evolves monumentally as a character, the story as such lacks that magic featured on the previous series. The second half of the book becomes slow and uninteresting and, truthfully, not my favorite part. Of course, I loved having Leo back, not so much Calypso but she showed her courage when it was necessary. This book was entertaining but unfortunately, its not memorable and saying this causes me so much pain.---------En conclusión, a pesar de que Apollo evoluciona monumentalmente como personaje, la historia como tal carece de esa magia características de las series anteriores. La segunda mitad del libro se vuelve lenta y poco entretenida y, la verdad, para nada mi parte favorita. Eso sí, me encantó tener a Leo de vuelta, no tanto a Calipso pero ella mostro su valor cuando fue necesario. Este libro fue entretenido pero lamentablemente, no es memorable, y decir esto me causa mucho dolor.
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