Important Note: I’ve tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but if you haven’t read the first book be warned that you might find spoilers for it in this.
Apollo is back and at least this time he knows what he’s supposed to do. Accompanied by Leo Valdez and the now mortal Calypso he has to battle a Roman emperor who’s known for his love of bloodshed and disturbing use of animals. But everything is going to be fine, right
This book is awesome and I love everyone in this bar, but… Or actually we’ll get to the ‘but’ part later. Let’s start with the part where I love this book to pieces.
Because that’s exactly what I do. We got to meet great new characters, and we got to meet great old characters. We also get to meet not so great new but vaguely familiar characters. If only because we have watched a famous movie set in Ancient Rome with Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix in the main roles (we have all seen that, right? Or is it too old and I’m proving that I’m practically ancient at almost 25?).
I love Leo Valdez and it was so great to have him back. I missed his very handsome mug and his humour. And he and Calypso are pretty cute together. To be honest I loved having Apollo, Calypso and Leo as a team, because the banter was pretty great.
Also having Leo means Festus is there, too and dragons make everything better.
I love the way Apollo learns to be a nice human being, and his character development is still one of the best things ever about this series. But (and this is the ‘but’ part I mentioned earlier), it feels like he makes the same mistakes all over again? I don’t know if it’s just because I felt he had gotten further than he actually got, but it felt a little like he was just learning a similar lesson all over again.
Still it was an adventure worthy of the gods. Or well, one god. And I can’t wait to see how the journey continues. I’ll be trying to figure out who the third emperor is in the mean time.
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 ☆ (4 1/2 Stars)
Publication Date: 2 May 2017
Page Count: 528
Genre: YA fantasy
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 doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo’s 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 four thousand years of existence?