Title: The Oracle’s Secret
Author: Amber Darke
Series: The Oracle Saga – #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release date: May 20, 2015
Livya didn’t ask to be the Oracle.
The only one of her generation with the power to see the future, she’s spent her life being exploited for her abilities by those more powerful than her.
After a failed attempt to escape to London, Livya finds herself on a desperate quest to prevent a magical war.
With their enemies hard on their heels, Livya and her two companions – Steele, a powerful magic user with a bad attitude, and Tarian, an enigmatic stranger – are forced to work together to navigate the treacherous magical terrain of Sherwood Forest.
But Livya has a secret – a vision of a man from her future.
We’re first introduced to the Oracle Livya as she’s trying to make a new life for herself in London, away from her Prince’s court. She had been kept at court against her will since she was a child and forced to provide the Prince with any prophecies she sees, even though most of her visions involve various breakfast foods she’ll be consuming in the near future. Our heroine is none too pleased with those tasked to return her, including this story’s hero, Tarian. The two soon find themselves on a quest for the plot’s magical MacGuffin, the Lightstone.
Livya, Tarian, and the Prince’s chief guard are ordered to fetch the Lightstone from Sherwood Forest before it falls into enemy hands. I enjoyed how this was handled–an enchanted Sherwood accessible only to those who know the spell to gain entrance. Their journey was fraught with otherworldly danger, and reminded me (in a good way) of Alice’s trip through Wonderland, with the added bonus of Livya having some magic of her own up her sleeve.
Livya had some amusing lines and thoughts, “…running a magical kingdom is actually 90% admin and only 10% phenomenal cosmic power,” but I found I had a hard time connecting with her and Tarian. It could be that the first person, present tense point of view gave me a young adult vibe (but don’t get me wrong, this has its share of steamy scenes) or perhaps Livya seemed immature due to the fact she led a very sheltered life. I’d be interested to see the character grow and learn to make even better use of her abilities as this series continues.
This was very well edited, with the exception of the use of apostrophes instead of quotation marks for dialog. Maybe it’s a regional thing? The ending was somewhat of a cliffhanger, in that things weren’t quite resolved. Or is this the first in a serial? Anyway, bottom line: Three stars mean I liked this book. And Livya and Tarian have the potential to become even more captivating as Ms. Darke’s Oracle Saga series continues.
This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.