Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #4)
March 6, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
In this installment of Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series, we dive into the world of Djinn and oracles. This book starts right where Serpent’s Kiss ends, but can be read as a stand alone.
Khalil was called to Grace’s house as a payment of a debt he owed to the vampire Carling at the end of Serpent’s Kiss. He was sent to keep Grace’s niece and nephew safe, as she dealt with a barrage of wyr and vampires and other supernatural creatures on her property. Grace has recently inherited the power of an oracle, after her sister died in a car accident. The oracle power descends through the female line, and Grace was next to receive it. But that power is not the only thing she inherited. Her 5 year old niece and 9 month old nephew were left orphans after the accident and she has lovingly taken them in.
Long ago, when someone went to the oracle for her abilities, they would leave some sort of payment as a thank you. But that tradition has since died out and has been forgotten. Legend has it that once an oracle asks for money for her services, she would lose all power of prophecy. Which means, Grace is poor, with two extra mouths to feed, and no way to support them.
While Khalil paid his debt to Carling as he kept the children safe during the confrontation, he is hesitant to leave Grace’s house. Khalil is old, as in almost as old as the universe old, and has a very hard time relating to human beings. He doesn’t understand them or really want to have anything to do with them. But he looks at Grace’s niece and nephew and feels this overwhelming need to protect them, something he couldn’t do when it came to his own daughter many, many years ago.
Eventually Grace realizes she isn’t quite cut out to face-off with ancient supernatural beings and asks for Khalil’s full time help. What I really enjoyed in this book is the relationship between these two unlikely people. Grace is so young and stubborn, and is really feeling her way with this new power that has overtaken her. She is also still feeling her way with being a mother, one without money at that. Khalil swirls his way into her life (literally) and is so out of touch with what it is to be a human, it is very amusing. Thea Harrison does a nice job with allowing Khalil to have time to assimilate into Grace’s world. Although he does get confused with small things, he is extremely powerful and most supernatural creatures fear him. Those two attributes combined make him a very sexy hero.
The banter between Grace and Khalil keep this story moving along, but I was expecting more conflict from outside sources in this one, and although there is as small storyline in this one, it felt weak to me.
Also, while I appreciate this large and complex world the author is setting up, at times in this one there is a lot of information dumping. We have to learn the history of the Djinn and oracle, and it slowed the story down a bit.
I am happy to see that the next book in this series goes back to Dragos and Pia, and hopefully his team of Wyr, which I have missed in the past couple of books. For me, the past book or two in this series were not my favorite, but this one brings back what I love about this series – engaging characters, witty dialogue and a really cool paranormal world.