“Full points for vagueness, girl, but I wanted the dirt.”
Back in February I finally read The Dark Prophecy and was completely underwhelmed. I remember reading the first installment to this new series with excitement and loving it and looking forward to where the story would take Apollo. When I came around to the second book, very early on I knew the story wasn’t doing it for me. Granted, it wasn’t the first time Rick Riordan had disappointed me, The Blood of Olympus is the testament to that, but when I closed the second book in this series I thought to myself, “I’m never reading another Rick Riordan book again.”
Luckily for me I have a weakness when it comes to Rick Riordan, nostalgia at its finest, and when I came across this book at the store I purchased it. And I am incredibly glad I did.
This book did what no recent read by Riordan has done for me. It gave me action, it gave me character development, it gave me depth, it gave me quiet moments, it gave me a death I didn’t think he had the guts to write, and it gave me a storyline that just wouldn’t quit. Nowhere in this book was there any dragging of the story the way The Dark Prophecy did.
We’re on book three and finally, FINALLY, Riordan gave Meg some depth. Early on in the book we see her beginnings before Nero gets ahold of her and I will admit that tears were shed, feelings were felt, and just like Apollo I felt the need to hug her. Up until now, I had a very hard time liking Meg. We’d hardly been given any information on her and for me it made it difficult to form an idea of who Meg was and who she is now. Upon ending this third installment I’ve come to appreciate Meg’s character and can now see why she is the way she is. And it is something that I think was desperately needed for her character.
Apollo exceeded my expectations in this book. The amount of character development that you see throughout the 419 pages found in this book is such a blessing (because I love character development lol) and the way his character has progressed throughout the course of these three books has been done in a way where it’s believable. A God like Apollo isn’t someone you expect to change overnight so these small doses of change are at a pace that doesn’t feel rushed, but also not to a point where it feels like it’s taking forever for him to show change.
I have to say, Piper and Jason have been my favorite appearances so far in these books, which I have found truly surprising. I wasn’t a huge fan of either one of them during The Heroes of Olympus due mainly to the fact that hearing Piper’s narration usually consisted of a rather large amount of time being spent on her talking about how she was the underdog which got incredibly tiring by the time The Mark of Athena rolled around. So when I first saw they were in this book I almost put it down because dear Gods I did not want to deal with either one of them. However, it turns out that both characters are much more likeable when they aren’t the ones narrating! A true blessing and an inclusion of characters that I think worked really well especially where Piper is involved.
The last thing I want to talk about is that major death that happened. I’m not a huge fan of it if I’m being honest and it’s not because I love the character that faced their untimely death, but because it felt out of place. Had this death happened in The Blood of Olympus I would’ve seen it fitting well with the story taking place, but because of the time spent with this character in this book I just didn’t think it was a death that fit entirely nor one that should’ve happened. I also can’t believe Riordan had it in him.
All in all, I gave this 4.5 stars because it was just so damn good and I’m so glad I decided to pick this up despite my prior disappointment. Damn you Rick Riordan!
AND WHY IS THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT UNTIL FALL OF 2019?!?!!?!? wHY