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The Oracle: The Succession War Paperback – November 3, 2010
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Would you choose good or evil? If there was a possibility to inherit the strongest power known to man, what would you do for it? Richard Waterman wrote The Oracle: The Succession War to portray the struggle for power, and what people would do for it. The Oracle: The Succession of War was a very entertaining book. Waterman was able to combine the fantasy of The Lord of the Rings and a metaphor for American history, a very compelling combination. At first, I questioned the idea of a fictional historic book. It seemed like a complex idea but after reading the prologue and the first few chapters, I was hooked. Waterman does a great job appealing to young adults because he creates a story that is action packed with inspiring description and creativity.
As someone that is not particularly interested in politics, The Oracle: The Succession War made me more interested in politics. Which I believe is one of the reasons Waterman wrote this book. Young adults can be hard to influence, reach, and to peak interests in politics. Waterman made politics, which some people consider boring, a thrilling, competitive, and interesting story. Fantasy novels such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Twilight have been extremely popular books for young adults in today's society. Waterman's idea for this book was a great forum to get young adults interested in politics. It is not like everyone should run for office, but well informed citizens, concerning the actions of government, improve our society. From when I first started reading The Oracle: The Succession War I was hooked. This book starts off with a heart wrenching tale about a man's family and then quickly transitions into an entertaining battle scene. Then quickly the battle for control over the coveted Oracle began.
The Oracle is controlled by the leader of Arcandia. Arcandia's secret weapon, the Oracle, has a great history. Leonata, once King of Arcandia, is a legend because of his impressive evasions from Tampinco, the leader of the world's most powerful army. Many times Leonata avoided defeat with skillful retreats. An epic battle between the two draws readers into The Oracle: The Succession War that leaves a man decapitated, who suddenly seemed unharmed, then destroyed his enemy, and their army. General Tampinco wondered if "Leonata's fate was guided by a presence other than man (13)." This shows the power of the Oracle. The Oracle is unlimited power, power that three individuals are willing to die for.
Once the King of Arcandia became ill, the beginning of an epic succession war breaks out for the throne of Arcania and the power of the Oracle. The three main candidates to take the throne are Pantamanu, Bellazar, and Montama. Pantamanu is one of the King's sons that believe he should inherit the thrown. Bellazar poses an extreme lust for power. She is the wife of one of the King's sons but is willing to do anything for the Oracle. Then there is Montama, who is the son of a faithful lord. Montama is considered to be a favorite, but he struggles to understand the magnitude of so much power. Montama was taught by Belicki how to be a King. Belicki warned "if you open the Oracle to [dark] memories you will find nothing but pain, suffering, and immeasurable sorrow combined with a raw, insatiable desire for power so blind that it corrupts and destroys everything it touches." The Oracle is a powerful tool, that is being used can be used to do horrible things. The most powerful forces are often the most destructive and that is what Belicki was warning Montama about. The succession war carries on as these characters fight to be the King of Arcania. The journey takes readers to a fantasy world with creative battle scenes, intense action between mortals and immortals, and compelling drama.
I believe the Oracle represents the American public because the Oracle is something many people have fought and died for control over. The men and women competing for power over the Oracle are the same as the men and women who campaign thousands of hours, spend millions of dollars, and sometimes sabotage their opponents for government positions like President, Speaker of the House, or as simple as a county clerk. The Oracle is the American public because the people who strive for the Oracle would do anything for that power, just like how a Presidential candidate would spend their time, money, and reputation to win their election. Winning the Presidential election means an individual has support from America. This is similar to the Oracle because Pantamanu, Bellazar, and Montama struggle to be approved the Oracle in epic battles scenes of mortals versus immortals. However, presidential candidates are not as violent as the people who fight for the Oracle. For a presidential candidate to win an election, he or she must win over the American public. To achieve this mission, a candidate must spend money to promote themselves, spend a lot of time to get others to notice them, and even sometimes make negative statements about opposing candidates. If a presidential candidate wins the public's support then he is given control of the United States of America, or in Arcandia, the Oracle.
But I like to compare the controller of the Oracle to the ultimate power over the United States, the President. The President of the United States is a leader that citizens look up to and follow. The person who controls the Oracle has ultimate power, which many people follow. If there are followers, however, there must be enemies. Enemies of The Oracle: The Succession War are all those who resist someone inheriting the throne of Arcania. Fascinating battles take place between mortals, but also between immortals in the Oracle that also want to control its power. The President and the controller of the Oracle have millions of followers but many million more enemies. A nation as powerful as America can use its influence for good or evil. This is similar to the power of the Oracle. If power is in the wrong hands then horrible things happen like war, hunger, and depression.
The Oracle: The Succession of War made politics an entertaining topic. I am happy to say I read this book, and would recommend it to others. Waterman wrote a book that many people can enjoy because of its complex storyline, descriptive details and amazing creativity. Waterman showed the effect of power on people and how difficult it is to reach something so strong. Waterman's creativity does not let readers put the book down and he opened my eyes to a genre I was never interested in before.