The final story in the Oracle sequence, drawing on ancient Greek and Egyptian ritual. In a tale rich with action, betrayals and mystery. Mirany and the Archon struggle to bring peace to their people.
The final story in the Oracle sequence.
We are again in the distand land of deserts and islands ruled by one god whose wishes are conveyed through the Oracle. The Archon, child god-on-earth, returns from his journey across the desert to the Well of Songs, to find the tyrannical General Argelin has siezed control and his reign of madness is oppressing the Two Lands. He has publicly denounced the gods, and established a reign of terror. Mirany is in hiding, and the Nine are scattered.
Will Argelin's obsession bring the Rain Queen's wrath down on them all And whose is the sinister new power hidden in the sign of the Scarab In the descent into anarchy, Mirany and the Archon must attempt the final, impossible journey of the soul. Through the Nine Gateways into death. And back.
... readers absorbed by the dramatic scenes and intrigued by each new revelation will find the book a rich, resonant conclusion to the series. - Booklist - May 06
Vivid, complicated, and thoroughly engrossing, this fast paced adventure keeps readers avidly turning pages until the majestic conclusion. - Horn Book Review May/June 06
Praise for The Oracle and The Archon:
Catherine Fisher has conjured up an intoxicating world reminiscent of the Arabian Nights. Highly recommended. - The Bookseller
'suspense is constantly built ... rattles along at a dizzying pace ... next volume please. - School Librarian
The tension endures until the last page ... we want the sequel, soon! - Books for Keeps
Vivid and convincing ... a very satisfying read for young people who want some depth to their fiction, and the depiction of an unusual and interesting world. - Vector
A crisp, quick-moving narrative and fully fleshed out characters will keep readers hooked to the remaining instalments in this trilogy. - Publisher's Weekly
Catherine Fisher is an award-winning fantasy writer and author of the New York Times bestseller Incarceron. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the WH Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of many books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales and has been named as the first Welsh Young People's Laureate.