Fifteen-year-old Clio should have never been the Oracle of Sheehan. That power is passed from mother to eldest daughter, and Clio is the youngest of four sisters. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio is left all alone and heir to a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio seeks refuge in a foreign city where oracles are absolutely forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.
Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the growing feelings between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to kill her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the visions she has of Mannix bringing a barbarian army into Sheehan torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.
This book was not what I expected; it was much darker than I thought it would. But it was a great book.
While it was heartbreaking it also was beautiful to follow Clio on her journey after she becomes the one thing she always hated, the Oracle. On her journey she meets a few people that help her get through and never give up hope even though she can’t safe everyone. A lot of lives are lost and a lot of blood is spilled but through it all but Clio never really gives up. She fights to the end for what she believes for the ones she loves.
I enjoyed the setting of the book in had a certain charm, while the lives where not that great the landscape of it was beautiful I thought.
I enjoyed Clio, she had her weak moments but after all she is pretty young. She grew up a lot through out the book.
I really enjoyed Riece, he gave it a little humor in all that darkness. I loved the way they interacted with each other and how they grew together and made each other a better person.
I did like Derik but we really don’t see a lot of him to know that much of him.
Mannix, wow. How much hate can one person carry around, the outcome of to why did not really shock me and I somewhat saw it coming.
The end was just heartbreaking to read, it will be interesting to see how it all turns out for her in future books. There were a few things about the Oracle that didn’t really make sense to me and I hope that will be answered in future books.
There were only a couple minor things that bugged me about the book, but nothing major.
One, was the language, when they spoke, it sometimes didn’t seem to fit into the world setting of the book, it was hmmm almost to modern, I guess would be a good word for it.
The other thing was her age; I think she could have maybe been a year older at least. While it didn’t bother me that much I know it can bother some people, since we have some romance in the story. While nothing major happens I think some people would prefer her older than 15. Though her age fits into this world, they all seemed to be younger.
Overall, I thought it was a great book and can’t wait to see what happens next I rate it at 4 ★.
*I received a free ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Will be available February 13th 2015