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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen
Althaia, her tutor, Theron, and her loyal servant, Praxis, are on a trip to Delphi in order to fulfill her late father’s last wish as well as to enjoy time away from her tiresome, neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the quest to discover exactly what her father’s wishes might have been has been interrupted by the discovery of a dead young woman on the alter of Dionysos, in the theater of the Sacred Precinct. The priests immediately accuse Theron, which cannot be true, or is it? Althaia soon discovers that his, previously unknown, twin sister is a rival priestess in Delphi, and she wonders what Theron’s true motives for arriving in Delphi at this pivotal time might be.
The trio soon finds themselves tangled up in a struggle for power that has been going on since the ancient times. A fight between the two most powerful oracles of Delphi, for control of ancient sacred grounds. As Theron’s past comes to the surface, Althaia finds herself torn between a man she thought to be like family and a potential new suitor by the name of Niokmachos, who may hold dangerous secrets of his own. Will love triumph? Does family mean more than blood relations? Althaia is on a quests to find out.
Oracles of Delphi is an impressive mix of murder mystery and Greek mythologies, with a hint of Egyptian mythology as well. It took me a minute to keep all the characters straight, but I tend to have that issue with complicated foreign names in general. Once I got the gist of who’s who, I was sucked right in. I love mythologies and am already familiar with a lot of the lore, but I think Oracles of Delphi is enjoyable for any reader who likes mysteries, whether they know the myths or not. It wasn’t over the top, but just enough to give depth to each characters and their potential motives.
Oracles of Delphi is the first book Marie Savage has written as a solo author; she has a few other titles as a collaborative author with her daughters under the name K. Makansi. I, for one, am glad to see her branch out on her own and hope to see more from Marie Savage in the future. Oracles of Delphi was amazing and I fully recommend it.
Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, two kids, two small chihuahuas, and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She balances her work as a website admin with her hobbies of watching anime and playing video games.
Review and giveaway copies were provided by Blank Slate Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.