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Oracle's Moon (A Novel of the Elder Races) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425246590
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425246597
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.83 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #306,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I had mixed feelings about starting this book. The whole WTF issue from Serpent’s Kiss was still fresh in my mind and I didn’t know if I was up for another one, but finding out that Oracle’s Moon was about Grace and Khalil, whose brief interaction towards the end of Serpent’s Kiss intrigued me, I forged ahead and I absolutely ADORED this book. It doesn’t have the amount of action as the first three, but that didn’t bother me in the least because I thoroughly enjoyed watching Grace navigate her new life as the Oracle, mother to her niece and nephew, Chloe and Max who are absolutely adorable and help give the story more depth and many humorous moments, as well as her growing relationship with Khalil, who starts out as the Bane of her Existence. She epitomized grace under pressure while dealing with everything that had been thrown at her and I couldn’t help but admire her. Khalil was a bit overbearing, but he was only reacting to what he knew, which was a lot, but as he finally gets a better understanding of all that Grace is facing, he becomes not only the childrens protect, but Grace’s. What I loved about Grace and Khalil was that while they both grew and compromised with each other, they didn’t change who they were. They were both still strong and opinionated beings that had found a and once they both accepted it a whole new world opened up to them both.
I liked the pace of the book and really enjoyed learning about what made Djinn’s tick. How important honor and balance are to them as well as seeing how powerful they really are. And can I just say that the Djinn’s form of sex is hot. The history of the Oracle’s Power was very well thought out and I loved how Grace made it her own. This book may not have as much action or politics as the first three do, but it has just as much heart and is filled with many fun and poignant moments.
Grace’s relationship with the Elder Races was forced upon her. She didn’t ask for it, but she couldn’t walk away from her responsibility as the Oracle. It chose her. Her new responsibility as guardian to her young niece and nephew made her new power even harder to shoulder, but she did it. It made her a character worthy of respect and sympathy. She was strong, determined and stubborn. I really liked Grace.
Khalil thought he had a handle on the situation. He was there because of the children. He had his reasons to want to be close to them and protect them. He didn’t like or respect Grace at all. Then he started to pay attention. Watching both of these characters transform is what made this a great read for me. I really wasn’t sure how Harrison was going to turn my attitude about Kahlil around. At the end of The Serpent’s Kiss, I started to no longer hate Kahlil, but I never expected him to turn into one of my favorite characters. Who knew? All it took was a chance to get to know him and find out where all the pent up pain was coming from.
The emotion and love shared between these characters was powerful and raw. Especially from Khalil. Grace’s snarky attitude toward him as ‘Bane of her Existence’ was perfect. They fought as easily as they loved and Grace not backing down on her principles where the children were concerned and torturing him with ‘thank you’s’ was fun. It was a great love story for so many reasons.
Readers got to spend some more time with Dragos, Carling and Rune in Oracle’s Moon. Not a lot, but just enough. I loved the interaction between Carling, Rune and Khalil. It was playful, unexpected and showed you even more of all their personalities.
I can’t wait until we get to spend some more time with Pia and Dragos. I’m beginning to feel sorry for Dragos. He hasn’t gotten much respect in the last couple of books. I’m sure things are going to get worse before they get any better, but it’s still going to be great to get more of the couple that started it all. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for? Picking up Dragon Bound was all it took to get me hooked.
Also, the startlingly lack of plot in this book meant a lot of watching Khalil play with the kids with Grace hovering nearby, Grace driving the kids somewhere, and Grace thinking about her Oracle powers (which I never really got a handle on), which made the read painfully slow. I also never understood what the limits on Khalil's power were. He just seemed to be able to do anything and everything, which contributed to a huge lack of tension.
The romance of the book also seemed forced and out of place, and the sex scenes where Khalil was using multiple mouths and hands was just really weird to me. The fact that he starts calling Grace,"Gracie" halfway through the book also gave me the creeps as the only Gracies I know are little girls...
I just didn't get the attraction of a robotic man who is obsessed with other people's children, orders the heroine around and then disappears whenever he's finished talking to her.
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Grace is young and left the sole care of two small children on the death of her sister. Her world is turned upside down and she is struggling big-time, I think many single parents will resonate with Grace's trials. Grace, however is the 'Oracle' and therefore must be protected by the other 'paranormal' races and to this end Khalil arrives (a bit high and mighty I might add).
The story is written from both main characters and the dialogue is very fresh and honest, I loved all the characters including the two small children. The story was at times smokin' hot, tender, exasperated and so sweet that it made me sigh. The development of Grace's accepting Khalil's help and Khalil learning to respect and adore the depth of Grace's loyalty and love for the children was a beautiful thing. A keeper this one, for those times when you need a little 'pick me up'.
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It probably works as a stand alone, but I've read all the previous ones so can't say for sure. Some characters from the earlier novels make an appearance, but not to the extent you need to know where they've come from and how they fit it - jut roll with Cuelebre's non human form being a vast dragon, or better still, read book 1 in the series first ( Dragon Bound: Number 1 in series (Elder Races) ), that'll give you enough back story for this one.
I loved this, and know I'll be reading it again. Probably many times over - I do that with books I like!
Incredible world - part-urban fantasy, part-paranormal romance, a very charismatic couple which came so so close to Pia and Dragos as my second favourite, and lovely secondary characters. I had the same feeling when I was reading On The Edge by Ilona Andrews.
Main heroine, Grace, inherited a status of Oracle after her sister and her husband died in the car crash. In the same crash Grace's legs got severely damaged. Now poor and desperate, she lives in a big decrepit Southern house trying to look after her sister's two small kids. As an Oracle she can't charge for her services but she accepts donations no matter how small they can be because this is her calling.
When she acquires an annoying and bossy protector, Djinn Prince, Khalil, she thinks he is nosy, doesn't know anything about her and her kids needs, and a big pain in the ass. Khalil finds her impudent and exasperating, thinks she is lazy and doesn't look after the kids properly....
So it's a total misunderstanding on his part but he sticks around because of the kids. They remind him of a daughter he lost, and then he slowly gets to know more and more about Grace and her struggles, gets inexplicably involved in her domestic troubles, the local power games she gets unwillingly involved in... and slowly they fall head over heels for each other.
It's sweet, it's funny, it's endearing, they are just so alien to each other, so different, but both very stubborn and so very strong, I didn't notice how I myself started rooting for them to have their happy ending even if it seemed impossible at times.
It's a lovely feel-good paranormal romance with just enough kick-buttery and violence to appeal to the fans of urban fantasy. Both Grace and Khalil are equals. She doesn't bend to his will and power and he learns to understand what makes her happy. The bedroom scenes, very few as they were, were powerful, not titillating, just emotionally powerful....
So, yeah. My full blessing for you, me dears, to go ahead and read it, and a heartfelt recommendation of both Dragon Bound and Oracle's Moon.