Series: The Last Oracle #1
Published by Paranoid Productions on February 13th 2015
Number of Pages: 306
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.
Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king's adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn't understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are 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 undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won't hesitate to execute her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.
The idea I had when reading the synopsis intrigued me. And I mostly liked the book once I started reading it. You don’t get a big sense of the personalities of Clio’s mother or her elder two sisters, but they don’t have much of a part in the book so I can forgive that.
Mannix was evil, cruel and heartless. And I totally did not expect the twist at the end. I quite liked Riece, and loved that we got to see what made him the way he is. It was slightly confusing how Clio suddenly gained the ability to fight, and fight really well just because she became the Oracle. But I suppose since Clio herself didn’t know anything about being an Oracle, that was the reasoning behind keeping readers in the dark as well.
There is a love triangle. Though it’s fairly predictable who Clio will choose, since the other boy has a fairly minor part comparatively. And we never really learn much about him as a character. Which is good, since I was rooting for the boy she ultimately falls for.
I didn’t like the end of the book much at all. Though I can understand her reasoning, it just seemed to come out of left field a bit compared to how she acted through the rest of the book. I’m not sure if I’ll pick up book 2, but most likely I’ll try it.
If you like fantasy with more unusual plot threads, as well as romance and fighting, you should try this book.