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Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: Sacrificed: The Last Oracle Book 1, by Emily Wibberley


Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.

Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.
Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.

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As I read Sacrificed I was immediately drawn into the societies of Sheehan and Morek, where girls are sacrificed atop an Aztec-type pyramid and men hold all power and prestige. In order to survive, Clio must navigate through a labyrinth of politics, rituals, and family secrets while fighting her own attraction for a man who is one of the enemy.

Throughout this fast-paced adventure, Clio’s perception of her family changes from resentment to acceptance.  As children, most of us see only a fraction of our parents true selves.  We either idolize them or demonize them.  Then, as we mature, we begin to see more aspects of our elders.  I enjoyed watching Clio learn to see her mother as a real person who had to make impossible choices in order to protect those she loved.

Much of this book is dedicated to building the foundations of the romantic triangle between Clio, Prince Derik, and an enemy soldier, Riece.  It is a classic tangle of attraction vs. duty.  Her confusion over her feelings for childhood friend Derik and attraction to the hunky Riece seems, at times, forced.  Would one really be checking out the body of a guy in a life or death situation? Riece’s kindness in the face of cruelty is what should have won Clio over more than his rippled Abs.

Putting that part aside, I was entertained by the action, plot twists, and setting.  One of the joys of the book is watching Clio’s character develop from a rebellious, questioning teen into a strong, engaging heroine. This is definitely a world that I want to revisit in the future.

Source: Sent for review by the Author (Thank you)
Format:  Kindle ARC
Recommendation: Fantasy/adventure fans will enjoy it.
Will I read sequel/continue with the series:  Yes

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  1. I have never heard of this book before. It sounds really interesting, but I'm not a fan of love triangles and it seems like the love triangle is a big part of the story. Still, the plot is really intriguing, I may give it a chance in the future. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

  2. The second book, Forsworn, is really good, and the love triangle stuff is minimized. I don't think you need to read the first book to enjoy the second one.


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