Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise (Oracle of Delphi #2)

Young Chloe Clever, aka Pythia, aka the Oracle of Delphi, is starting to get a little more confident in her new job as the keeper of the Great Unknown Prophecy. Which is good, because her job gets even tougher in this book: Apollo may be a ruthless SOB, but she's about to attract the attention of beings far more frightening. I won't give it away, but let's just say it's a good thing Chloe finds she can suddenly read a very old and otherwise forgotten language, however much it might dismay her demigod guardians.

If only Chloe could focus on forces of nature striving to take over- and occasionally rescue- the world. Unfortunately, the gods decided to bring the conflict home to her- literally. And while Chloe may think that was all about her, she quickly understands that the victim plays a special role- and more special than anyone could have imagined before. Oh right, someone did figure it out in the last book, so why is Chloe only finding out now? Let's just say it has a little something to do with the bonds between siblings- and the lack thereof between parents and children.


The questions remain. When is her beloved Strafford aka Solar aka The Sun Prince going to explain his dishonor to Chloe? And speaking of parents, why is Chloe's mother taking everything so calmly? And where is Chloe's father, why did he leave and what does he know? As one of the characters says, it's all about choices. Can even the Oracle of Delphi make the right ones when all this is going on?

As one of the characters says, it's all about choices. Can even the Oracle of Delphi make the right ones when all this is going on? Maybe, but not without a terrible sacrifice.

Once again, Jones made the myth-geek in me smile. Not to give anything else away, but let's just say that if Apollo is plotting a coup, he picked the perfect god to team up with. Apollo's light needs to be tempered with a little darkness, but darkness comes in different shades.

Looking forward to the next installment, and highly recommended once again for fans of mythology and young adult.