Monday, 14 June 2010

Dark Oracle - Book Review

Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams

What is it about:
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. . .

What did I think of it:
I've been wanting to read this book since the first time I heard about it as it sounded really cool.

And it is! I love this book.
The mix of tarot and profiling is very well written and Williams sure knows her tarot too I can tell you. The story is suspenseful and compelling with rich and vivid descriptions and even though Williams uses various viewpoints this didn't distract me from the story as sometimes happens, but instead it felt right as it gave me extra insight in the story that made it come even more alive.
Tara is a character you can really care about and I was happy to see her grow throughout the story. Voodoo Bride wants me to add she loves the romantic storyline in this book and I have to agree with her that it really fits within the overall story. All in all I hope there'll be many more books in this series as I want to know what's next for Tara.

(The next book Rogue Oracle will be released in March 2011)

Why should you read it:
Anyone with an interest in tarot will love this book as well as anyone who likes a decent Urban Fantasy story that doesn't focus on creatures, but more on personal magic powers.

Alayna Williams also writes under the name Laura Bickle.
Check out my review of Embers by Laura Bickle here
and my interview with Laura Bickle here


Birdie said...

That sounds fantastic! I gave a paper once on the symbology of the tarot in King Lear, so I'm all over this one!

Also, you have an award over at my blog

Unknown said...

I keep thinking I should get into Urban Fantasy. I cut my reading teeth on SF/F. I read a fair amount of Paranormal Romance. You'd think Urban Fantasy would be right up my alley.

Alayna Williams said...

I'm so excited that you enjoyed DARK ORACLE!

Sullivan McPig said...

@Birdie: Thanks :-)
@Alice: I think you'd enjoy Dark Oracle even if UF isn't normally your thing.
@Alayna: I love it! I'll be rereading this one often.

Unknown said...

I might. But it would be better with zombies in it.

Sullivan McPig said...

Everything's better with zombies in it!

Alayna Williams said...

...and even better with zombie pigs! ;-)

Sullivan McPig said...

Someone who understands! ;-)