This is the second book in the Trials of Apollo series. I didn’t think the first book was quite as good as Riordan’s other series, but I still enjoyed it enough to read this book. It helps when it’s in the house for the kids to read.
Genre: middle grade urban fantasy
Length: 401 pages of text, 414 pages with glossary
Setting: mostly Indianapolis, soon after the events of The Hidden Oracle
Summary: Apollo/Lester, Leo and Calypso are looking for the next Oracle that is being controlled by an ancient Roman Emperor. They end up in Indianapolis, current home to Commodus. Unfortunately, Apollo and Commodus have a history. The group ends up at the Waystation, one of Artemis’ safe houses. There, they discover they must find the Throne of Memory and rescue Georgina from Commodus. After that adventure, Apollo gets a prophecy stating he (and Meg) must enter the Oracle in the Cave of Trophonius to stop Commodus. Calypso and Leo stay behind to help protect the Waystation from the coming attack. They defeat Commodus by working together (but only temporarily) and Apollo has the next prophecy so he can figure out where to go next.
Final thoughts: The book is similar in tone to the first in the series. That means I’m constantly annoyed by Apollo/Lester’s attitude, but I like the side characters. Apollo at least is starting to realize he’s not the center of anyone’s world but his own. Emmie and Jo are my new favorite characters, probably at least somewhat because they’re adults in a sea of teenagers and spoiled Emperors. They actually gave up immortality as Hunters of Artemis in order to be in a relationship together! Of course, Apollo is completely flabbergasted they would give up the blessing of the gods for love, but he starts to understand their feelings by the end. Meg isn’t as important a character in this book. She’s around, but mostly just grunts and fights things.
The book follows the standard Riordan format – limited time to complete a task with bad guys trying to stop the questing party. At one point, Leo event comments that’s how all the prophecies seem to work. Riordan does have lots of fun with poetry in the book. Each chapter starts with a haiku that gives a hint of what the chapter is about, but you only understand it after you’ve read the chapter. The previous prophecy had been given in a *shudder* limerick. This prophecy was even worse – it was a sonnet!! How funny!
Title comes from: Apollo is seeking a prophecy from the Oracle in the Cave of Trophonius
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #43 for the year, and #13 in my Finish the Series Challenge
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