Friday, April 12, 2013

Review of Dark Oracle and Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

Five Fangs for Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

Book Description:


Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around—and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards—and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams—suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationship with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen. .
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My Review:

Alayna outdid herself on this one. I was completely sucked into the story from the first page. From the prologue with the strange man hiding out waiting for his next victim to a possible terrorist in chapter 1 and wondering how it all tied into the story with Tara and Harry.

What would the cards tell Tara, where would they lead her this time?

They lead her all over the place from Washington to Chernobyl and through a dreamscape where Tara's powers grow and transform giving her new ways to read the cards, new ways to be an oracle.

I love the rich detail Alayna used when describing the cards and her dreams- also the detail of Chernobyl, the scary fact that some of the story is quite real. Chernobyl, the nightmare so far away yet closer than we think, it's real and the threat is still there. Alayna gives us a great "what if" to think about. What if all that radiation and toxic threat could create monsters, monsters like the chimera, monsters that we can not, have not even imagined yet.


This is what urban fantasy is all about- taking the real world we live in, saying "what if" and making it so in the books we read. Alayna has done a fabulous job with the what ifs and making them so real and readable.

Rogue Oracle surpasses the first book of the series, Dark Oracle, and adds richness and detail to the characters and the story making this series one to watch... and to add to your must read list.

It's a fresh take, something completely different in the urban fantasy genre.

And if you love the Tarot or have ever been interested in Tarot cards the descriptive detail and the way the cards become characters in the story is completely fascinating.

I love how Alayna mixes urban fantasy and crime fighting, then tosses in a bit of mystery, blends with paranormal elements, adds a pinch of hard science and finishes it off with a dash of romance- making this series a fabulous mix of must read fiction.


Book Description:


As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi’s Daughters has asked for her help in locating missing scientist Lowell Magnusson. And Tara, armed with her Tarot deck, her .38, and a stack of misgivings, agrees to try.

Tara immediately senses there is far more at stake than one man’s life. At his government lab in the New Mexico desert, Magnusson had developed groundbreaking technology with terrifying potential. Working alongside the brusque but charismatic agent Harry Li, Tara discovers that Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, has knowledge that makes her a target too. The more Tara sees into the future, the more there is to fear. She knows she has to protect Cassie. But there may be no way to protect herself—from the enemies circling around her, or from the long-buried powers stirring to life within. . . .

Book Review:

Dark Oracle is a novel filled with exquisite descriptions and rich detail that put you right in the middle of everything. While reading you feel as though you have been transported directly to the scene.

Tara Sheridan used to be a criminal profiler. She used a combination of science and her intuitive skills channeled through her Tarot card divination. Then she got too close and became a victim of the serial killer she was tracking. Left scarred and scared she quit work and pretty much quit life moving to a remote location with no one for company except her cat.

Now Tara has been asked by Delphi's Daughters, a secret and powerful group of women her mother was part of, to look into the disappearance of scientist Lowell Magnusson. She doesn't want to but can't let it go, so she heads back to her old life and ends up right in the middle of a dangerous situation.

Mystery, corruption, science, magick, even a little's all here in Dark Oracle. It is a richly detailed book full of characters you'll want more of. Totally unique.

I really loved the history and lore of the Tarot that was included, it made me pull out my old deck which I haven't touched in years.