Saturday, 2 April 2011

Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams - Book Review

Title: Rogue Oracle
Author: Alayna Williams
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: February 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Thriller
Source: Review Copy from Author


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. . . . (Goodreads Synopsis)

I received this book as a review copy from the author and was looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed.

Rogue Oracle grips the reader from start to finish with an exciting storyline, great pacing and wonderful characters.

Tara Sheridan makes a wonderful heroine, blending inner strength with her amazing abilities. It was great to see her develop throughout the novel as she came to grips both with her changing powers and her relationship with Harry.

The other characters are all nicely realised, from the aging leader of Delphi's Daughters to the mysterious killer, who comes across as someone to be pitied despite his evil deeds.

Overall the story had an excellent sense of pacing. The ending felt marginally abrupt, with everything suddenly resolved within a few pages, but this was not a major detraction from what was, in all other ways, a truly enjoyable read.

This is the second book featuring these characters and I am now eager to go back and read the first installment.


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