Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Oracle's Moon (Elder Races #4) by Thea Harrison

Synopsis (Goodreads):
As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and Petra's husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children - neither of which she is prepared for.

Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid - driven by his genuine caring for the children - has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace's impudence toward the Elder Races.

But when an attempt is made on Grace's life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one who can protect her - and offer her more than a mortal man...
My Thoughts: Standard disclaimer: I love this series. Seriously, I'm stupidly in love with every little piece of this world. I plan on fangirling so hard that I'm going to need oxygen before I get to the end of this review. Yeah. So. This book blew me away. I mean, for the love of small furry creatures, how much can one poor girl take before she cracks wide open and turns into a gibbering mess? Grace is holding on by her fingernails in the beginning and it got to me. She's floundering and she's trying her hardest to make ends meet while attempting to learn about this new power she's suddenly inherited and it's difficult to read about. On top of that, she's trying to understand the events that happened at the end of the 3rd book. I felt for her. I felt her exhaustion and her fear. She's shell-shocked and scared and she deals with it by trying to hold Khalil at arms length.

Khalil, for his part, doesn't make things terribly easy on her at first. He makes some pretty big assumptions about her in the beginning and it takes a while for him to see that she really is doing the best that she can. Frankly, I loved that he was so endearingly clueless about humans. He does make an effort to learn, however, and that effort slowly wins Grace over.

One of the things that I'm absolutely intrigued by with every book in this series is the worldbuilding. Simply put, it's fabulous. Each book adds a new layer to the existing mythology to deepen and enrich it. We've seen the structuring of the Wyr, the Dark Fae, the Vampires and now the Demonkind. This world is huge and faceted. I love the little glimpses we get of the different demesnes. I love learning more about the pieces that make up the whole. It's dark and sometimes brutal and I'm completely smitten with it.

Overall, this was an absolutely outstanding addition to the series. Grace and Khalil complimented one another nicely and Grace's struggle with both her power and the mundane aspects of her life hooked me hard.  I'm in awe of Thea Harrison's storytelling abilities.

Other books in this series
Book 1: Dragon Bound
Book 2: Storm's Heart
Book 3: Serpent's Kiss
Novella 3.5: True Colors

More books by Thea Harrison

26 comments:

  1. This one has turned into one of my favorites, mainly because falling in love with Khalil totally took me by surprise. I love it when authors make you do a 360 on your attitude toward the bad guys. Just posted my review too ;)

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    1. "I will achieve pancakes."
      Lololol!
      Yes, Khalil was a delight. I <3 him.

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    2. I almost forgot about that! And how many times did Grace fall in love with him? Who knew Khalil could be cute?

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    3. I know! He's just so sweetly clueless about humans in he beginning. How could you not love him?!?!

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  2. You girls have me seriously excited to read this series! I haven't started because I have to get through my blog tour/review commitments first but then it's on like donkey kong :D

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

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    1. I predict that you'll feel mad love for the series and you'll want a Wyr (or Djinn) of your very own.

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    1. Amanda's only dancing because she's responsible for getting so many people hooked on this series. ;)

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    2. Lol! With good reason. I'm glad she bullied me into reading it!

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    3. Yes, you can rightfully use those finger guns with this series. It is AWESOME!

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    4. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Slow down there, cowgirl. No... nevermind. Go for it. I've got your back.

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    5. I like to plan big.

      Also, when you say, "cowgirl" does this mean that there are cowboys around here somewhere? *looks around* I would like some of those.

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    6. Yes. There are even cowboy werewolves. Sometimes they're naked. They're always shirtless.

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    7. Save a horse, ride a cowboy. Or a #NakedWerewolf Or a #NakedWerewolf cowboy.

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    8. Oh, the mental pictures those words conjure. *shivers*

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  4. I love this series too --and this is my new favorite!! Khalil is such a fantastic hero.

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    1. Yes! Khalil was fantastic. I just loved him to pieces!

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  5. I really loved your thoughts about Grace. I am already a mess and I haven't even opened the damn book yet! I fear I will be a gibbering mess when I read it.

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    1. OMG, Ash! It's soooooo good. You will feel mad love for Khalil. MAD LOVE!

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    2. You have no idea Ash - NO IDEA!

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    3. Man, it's like a Khalil love-fest here. Not that I'm complaining. That Djinn sure knows how to bring the par-tay!

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    4. You ladies are making me so crazy excited to start this sucker. I need more time. *sobs*

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    5. I'm building a time machine for Amanda. You can use it when she's not.

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