Willow’s Review of Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams
Delphic Oracle #1
Pocket Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback, $7.99
Rating: Can an oracle change the future she sees?
Tara Sheridan swore off criminal profiling years ago. By combining Tarot card divination with her own intuition, she narrowly escaped the grasp of a serial killer who left her scarred for life. She put down her cards and withdrew from work and society. Now, Sophia, a member of an ancient secret society connected to the mythic Delphic Oracle, asks Tara to find a missing scientist who has unlocked the destructive secrets of dark energy. Tara resists— she fears reawakening her long-buried talents and blames Sophia’s Daughters of Delphi for the death of her mother. But, grudgingly, she agrees to search for the missing scientist, Lowell Magnusson.
Tara travels to Las Alamos National Laboratory, the location of Magnusson’s disappearance. She meets the serious, impatient, and highly attractive Agent Harry Li— and re-encounters her old partner, Richard Corvus. Corvus is now chief of the Special Projects Division, a position Tera might have held, had she not dropped out of investigative work. Corvus considers Tara mentally imbalanced and not to be trusted— but it may be Corvus who is untrustworthy.
Tara’s investigation and Tarot cards tell her Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, may hold the key to her father’s plans, and that they both are in grave danger. Meanwhile, Corvus and the Daughters of Delphi have their own plans…and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
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A great start to what promises to be a wonderful series! I enjoyed this book immensely. 🐱
There’s no question that I love Tara. She’s a perfect heroine in that she’s strong, independent, and has real fears and character flaws that you get to see her overcome as the story unfolds. I couldn’t help but sympathize with her regarding her feelings towards Delphi’s Daughters and her history with The Gardner. It amazed me to learn what she had gone through in her past and how, despite the fact that it left scars beyond just the physical, she stayed strong when she could have easily given up and run away. There was nothing about her that I didn’t like. I actually got teary eyed during one particular scene involving her and Sophia because I so wanted things to turn out differently.
All of William’s characters were well written. Each one fit into the story perfectly and it’s hard not to like them all…even Maggie, the dog. Yes, this feline can actually say that she likes a canine character outside of a werewolf. Maggie helped provide moments of comic relief, as did Martin, Harry’s “father”. Corvus, Gabriel, and Adrienne were the perfect villains, and Delphi’s Daughters were a mystery unto themselves. I actually wanted to delve further in their history and learn more. The brief glimpses into this group has me hoping that the second book of the series features more of them.
I read this book in one day because I had to find out what happened next. There was plenty of suspense, chills, and even a touch of comedy and romance. I couldn’t help but get caught up in the world that William’s created. In particular I enjoyed how she blended the meaning of the tarot cards with the story. The way she wrote it all was flawless. Truth be told, I found the entire use of the tarot in the book to be fascinating! It made me want to pull out my human’s deck and start studying the cards for myself.
The only complaints that I had upon finishing the book was that I felt the resolution between Tara and Adrienne was a bit too drawn out and the ending of the book itself was rather abrupt. Up until the last 50 pages or so the pace and flow of the story was perfect. But the ending scene left me arching my brow and wondering what I missed. I guess it could be said that the ending was left vague in order to make way for the second book in the series, but that doesn’t exactly sit well with me. It didn’t exactly feel like a cliff hanger, but it didn’t feel like a clean ending either.
Regardless, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Urban Fantasy novels. 🐱
I’d like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review!