The final story in the Oracle sequence, drawing on ancient Greek and Egyptian ritual. In a tale rich with action, betrayals and mystery. Mirany and the Archon struggle to bring peace to their people.
CATHERINE FISHER is an award-winning fantasy writer. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H.Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of 16 books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales.
Gr 7-10-Mirany, one of a select group of priestesses called the Nine, struggles alongside her friends and allies-including a "thief lord" called the Jackal and Alexos, a boy who embodies divinity-to defeat the renegade general Argelin, who has made himself king. The ruthless ruler destroys statues of the god and particularly despises the Rain Queen, goddess of water and of the dead, including Hermia, whom Argelin has unintentionally killed and intends to reclaim from the underworld. Fisher's fantasy world, introduced in the first two books in the series, is a fully realized creation, mingling characteristics of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and even the later Byzantine Empire when the Vikings had become a threat. The headlong rush of Fisher's writing is perfectly suited to teens raised on blockbuster movies and video games. Full of dialogue and action, the brief scenes force readers to concentrate on what is happening and to whom, allowing the accumulation of detail and circumstance to supply the explanations. Readers who have not first read the earlier titles will find themselves puzzling over background material, though much is cleared up by dialogue as the story progresses. The book is so full of incident and character, and the scenes shift so rapidly, that it can be difficult to keep the various plot threads separate. Likewise, the constant breathless pace may lessen the impact of the climax for some readers. Most, however, are likely to be swept along in this entertaining and evocative adventure, eager to keep turning the pages.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'... readers absorbed by the dramatic scenes and intrigued by each new revelation will find the book a rich, resonant conclusion to the series.' -- Booklist - May 06 'Vivid, complicated, and thoroughly engrossing, this fast paced adventure keeps readers avidly turning pages until the majestic conclusion.' -- Horn Book Review May/June 06 Praise for The Oracle and The Archon: Catherine Fisher has conjured up an intoxicating world reminiscent of the Arabian Nights. Highly recommended. -- The Bookseller 'suspense is constantly built ... rattles along at a dizzying pace ... next volume please. -- School Librarian The tension endures until the last page ... we want the sequel, soon! -- Books for Keeps Vivid and convincing ... a very satisfying read for young people who want some depth to their fiction, and the depiction of an unusual and interesting world. -- Vector A crisp, quick-moving narrative and fully fleshed out characters will keep readers hooked to the remaining instalments in this trilogy. -- Publisher's Weekly A powerful and very exciting adventure story. -- School Library Journal ' ... the Oracle trilogy is a highly superior fantasy series.' -- writeaway.org.uk 20050725 '... one of the most skilled and original writers currently working in young adult fantasy ... a riveting story, one which will keep children of all ages reading well past their bedtimes.' -- New Welsh Review 20050725 'A triumphant finale to a complex and multilayered adventure.' -- Harper Collins publishers, kirkus reviews 20050725
Author Catherine Fisher sends Mirany, first introduced in The Oracle Betrayed (which PW's starred review called "a sprawling, atmospheric adventure"), into the Underworld in order to bring peace back to Two Lands in her thrilling conclusion to the Oracle Prophecies trilogy, Day of the Scarab. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.