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The Oracle by Catherine Fisher

The Oracle (2003)

by Catherine Fisher

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    The Blue Hawk by Peter Dickinson (Sakerfalcon)
    Sakerfalcon: Both books deal with corruptly-led religions in a desert setting, and follow the trials of a young protagonist who attempts to set things right. Excellent worldbuilding from both authors.

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This fantasy book is about Mirany, who serves the High Priestess that claims to hear the god speak to her and must do as she wishes. But then Mirany hears the god speak to her and realizes the High Priestess is a powerful fraud. She must team up with Seth, a tomb-raider, to stop the High Priestess and free the land. Fantasy isn't my preferred genre, but I thought this book was well written and an entertaining read. This is the first book of a series, so it ended on a cliff hanger to carry over into the second book. I thought the characters were well developed and the plot wasn't too simple, yet not too convoluted. This book is one I would want in a classroom. There are a lot of references to Greek history, so maybe I could use this book during a lesson on ancient Greece or Greek mythology. The book could be suitable for 5th or 6th graders at a minimum.
  BrettMartin | Apr 21, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book. Shy mousey Mirany if chosen by the god to right what has gone wrong. The speaker uses her position for her own gain. Seth is a scribe caught up in things beyond his experience.

One chapter is titled: A God is Not Responsible for his Worshippers

That felt like a cop out to me. He should be. He needs to do something about the bad things that were done in his name. He needs to show he rejects those who misuse their position ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 12, 2017 |
Fisher has created an intricate world in this book, which combines elements of Ancient Egypt and Greece and in which the readers can feel the parched lands which are central to the plot. Her characters are well developed and the plot is fast-paced and will keep readers turning pages to find out if Mirany will be able to outrun her enemies in her quest to find the true Archon and to give him his rightful place. The novel ends with the promise of a sequel, which will be much anticipated by its readers. ( )
  StephanieWA | Aug 11, 2010 |
Fantastic and gripping. In an Egyptian type setting a young priestess is told of a plot to ignore the gods and overtake the country. She must enlist the help of an ambitious scribe and a drunken musician to find the true host for the god and restore order to the temple and country in order to bring the rain back. ( )
  chibimajo | Jun 4, 2008 |
This series is pretty good, it's been a while since I read this one though. It's about a young priestess who is trying to get the right person as head of the oracle or something like that. ( )
  SusieBookworm | Aug 11, 2007 |
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The Procession was at least halfway down the terraces before Mirany stopped trembling enough to walk properly.
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Published as 'The Oracle' in the UK and as 'The Oracle Betrayed' in the US.
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After wowing kids and critics alike in the UK, this smart and suprisingly gritty historical fantasy from award-winning Welsh author and poet Catherine Fisher finally arrives in the US. Fisher grabs readers quickly with a convincingly imagined Greco-Egyptian setting and characters that defy quick classification. Our heroine, Mirany, begins the story as a timid teen serving the High Priestess, the masked Speaker who discerns the wishes of a god through a mysterious island oracle. When the current Archon (the sequestered God-on-Earth) passes a secret note to Mirany just before he's sacrificed, the story throws intrigue onto intrigue with a murder plot, a drunken musician, a conflicted scribe, a slick tomb robber, an offended Rain Goddess, and no shortage of mystic burial rituals and dusty tombs.

Fisher's biggest accomplishment is that for all the page-turning action, she still manages to raise some pretty heady ideas about death, ambition, and the nature of faith. Expect both kids and grownups to be reaching for Fisher's follow-up. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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After she is chosen to be "Bearer-of-the-god," Mirany questions the established order and sets out, along with a musician and a scribe, to find the legitimate heir of the religious leader known as the Archon.

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