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O oraculo (The Oracle Prophecies #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,638 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
After wowing kids and critics alike in the UK, this smart and suprisingly gritty historical fantasy from award-winning Welsh author and poet Catherine Fisher finally arrives in the US. Fisher grabs readers quickly with a convincingly imagined Greco-Egyptian setting and characters that defy quick classification. Our heroine, Mirany, begins the story as a timid teen serving ...more
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Apr 16, 2011 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oracle Betrayed sat in my tbr pile for about three years. Finally, last weekend, I brushed the dust from it (note to self: dust tbr pile more often), and actually read it.

And it was really, really good.

It takes place in an ancient Greek kind of place, where a young girl, Mirany, is one of chosen Nine who serve the Oracle. Her land is dying from drought...but though the Archon, the god-king, gives his life as a sacrifice, the drought continues.

Mirany can hear the god speaking through the Orac
May 01, 2011 Cherrylea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this was an awesome book! I didn't think it would be so great - I mean, check out the cover! But it exceeded my expectations! I've noticed that about books I read - if I expect less of it initially, but it turns out to be better, I give it a high rating. Likewise, if I thought the book would be awesome but it sucks, I give it a low rating. I don't think I'll change that - if you're supposed to be good and aren't, that's your problem; and if you don't seem to be good but really are kudos for y ...more
Yigit Davutoğlu
Mısır kültürü ve Catherine Fisher??????
So I've tried Catherine Fisher's Incarceron before this book, and it didn't impress me all that much. This one was better, though it still didn't blow me away.


Mirany is one of the sacred nine priestesses that serve the scorpion god (he's never explicitly named). She serves as Bearer, meaning that she carries a bronze bowl containing the god in scorpion form during holy processions and rituals. The High Priestess, Hermia, hears the god's word through the oracle and interprets it. However,
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I decided to read this after I read Incarceron. I enjoyed this book more, but I have to admit that it has some of the same problems that Incarceron had. First, the setting. I do not usually like long winded, overly descriptive novels that tell you what city is north of what body of water, but the setting seemed almost nonexistent in The Oracle Betrayed. From what I understood it is an ancient Egyptian or ancient Greek type of setting. It is certainly set in a desert environment, but I would have ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Catherine Fisher novel but definitely a good book.
Cynthia Haggard
Jul 12, 2012 Cynthia Haggard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE ORACLE BETRAYED (originally known as THE ORACLE) by Catherine Fisher is a wonderful book for Middle-grade kids, about an unknown place set in the ancient past where Greek religious rites are blended with Egyptian ritual. There’s been a drought and the Archon is being sacrificed to make rain. But who is to be the next Archon? And has the process of choosing him been corrupted by some ruthless individuals who are in power?

What struck me about this book, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread
Emily B.
Jul 02, 2015 Emily B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of another Catherine Fisher book, Incarceron. Both stories involve political intrigue, such as false rulers and assassination attempts. I liked this book much more than Incarceron because I felt like more thought was put into creating the setting and characters.

The society in the Oracle series was created with a great attention to detail. The reader gets to hear about local customs and mythology. With Incarceron, we didn't get much insight into the characters' rituals or be
Melissa McShane
One of the things I like about Catherine Fisher's work is that it uses familiar stories or locations, but comes at them kind of sideways. Here, the culture is a hybrid of Greek and Egyptian; the setting, the people and the economy resemble those of ancient Greece, while the religion, with its elaborate death rituals and taboos, comes straight out of our stories of ancient Egypt. I like that Mirany, most timid of the God's priestesses, has to learn to believe in her God, while Seth, self-sufficie ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
I first read this book when I was 10 or so. Now almost a decade later, it's still really really good.

The world building is impeccable and is probably one of the best I've read so far. Catherine Fisher is not an extraneous writer, which I have a great appreciation for since adjectives and lengthy description irk me greatly.

Her writing actually reminds me somewhat of Suzanne Collin's, in that they're both really, really good at moving plot. There's just something about this book that is relentless
Aug 11, 2007 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mythology, adventure, intrigue
The Speaker is corrupt, the Oracle has been betrayed...and I need to get my hands on the sequel. Slightly reminiscent of Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief in terms of alternate mythology, gods who speak to the characters, and intrigue. Hard to put down, and it will make you grateful for every drop of water you have access to.
Sarah Freeman
Jan 12, 2015 Sarah Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, unique read that tackles a question like godliness with wit and grace.
May 26, 2015 Giulija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jul 19, 2013 Mie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-egypt
I like this trilogy about Mirany - I have always had an eye for fictional stories about Ancient Egypt
Mar 18, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So fun! The main character has the reputation of a mouse but she just needed the right incentive to become rather kick ass. The world building is interesting, the characters are varied and the story fun.
Miranda the Gayvenger
I read and loved Fisher’s book Incarceron, which I found to be a very smart fantasy book, so I was interested in reading what else she’d written. Mostly so I could fill the gap between Incarceron and Sapphique. This one caught my eye due to the unique mix of Greek and Egyptian cultures. Plus, working to overthrow a conspiracy? Sign me right up.

I was entertained by The Oracle Betrayed, but it didn’t quite blow me away. That’s not to say it was horrible or mediocre, but it definitely didn’t draw
I picked this novel up because of the author, Catherine Fisher. This series preceded her popular Incarceron/ Sapphique series by a couple of years, but I had never heard of it at all. IMHO it is FAR superior material. I was delighted with the intensity of the plot, with its many threads, the development and growth of the characters, the ordinariness of our motley crew of heroes, and the writing itself. (I swear her descriptions of the drought made me thirsty.)

Mirany is a shy and somewhat awkwar
Dec 19, 2013 Eskana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Oracle Betrayed" is an interesting mix. It takes place in an ancient Greek/Egyptian setting, Greek style names and temples but with Egyptian-ish burial practices. Mirany is one of the Nine, the priestess at the top of the social order and right below the Archon, the incarnation of their god. Together, the Nine and the Archon are supposed to rule the land, but things have gone amiss in the Nine, and as punishment, the land has suffered from a severe drought. Mirany must work with several oth ...more
Feb 23, 2017 Regitze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-books
I guess what you could say is that this book made me thirsty.
Ksenia (vaenn)
Щось мені дедалі частіше трапляються книжки, які мають познайомити дітей або ж підлітків з метафізичними концепціями. От цього разу ноосфера зайшла з боку повсякчасно-приземленого божественного. В "Оракулі" маємо щось середне між "Small Gods" Пратчетта та богічним циклом Джеймісін: концепцію "Боги серед людей" помножену на "Віра=Існування" і приправлену жвавим, хоча й не дуже логічним сюжетом.

У невиразно фентезійному світі із виразно елліністично-єгипетським сетингом (сеанс ніжного муркотіння "М
Oct 17, 2012 Antonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my oppinion, 'The Oracle Betrayed' it's a great book; it has action, the characters are well defined, funny and really interesting. It's like you always say, there! I know what's going to happen, but the BAM! Something incredibly amazing happens, and you say you must read just one more chapter, one more chapter, and then you reach the last page-when did that happen?-.
The Oracle Betrayed is the first of the Oracle Prophecies Trilogy. It's about this shy girl, called Mirany. -awesome name, i
Dec 12, 2011 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A light, entertaining read, good for spending a quiet afternoon or two.

There is a conspiracy for power in the Temple(of course) and the only ones who can put a stop to it are Mirany, the quiet, shy girl who never wanted that life (of course), Seth, the roguish young boy who is reluctant to help but does anyway because of his good heart (of course) and the drunken musician with a mild disposition towards violence (of course).
However, despite the parade of tropes, the characters are compelling en
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I originally read this series in highschool. It was the first book series I'd read that had anything that could be described as political intrigue, and I really enjoyed those aspects of the book.

Mirany's struggle echoed mine as a teen, and watching her be successful through the course of this book was wonderful. I hated Seth, and the tiny hints of pairing Mirany and Seth up were irritating.
Kaito Aileen
This series is a great choice if you're looking for some beautiful world-building and properly fleshed-out characters!

Bonus points if you like:
(a) deserts in need of rain
(b) temples and tombs
(c) blend between Greek and Egyptian mythology
(d) conspiracies

Mirany, is a shy but courageous priestess that was just recently promoted.
Just before the current Archon (vessel of the god) dies, he tells her the current Oracle doesn't hear the god's voice at all and has been faking it.

Guided by the god's voi
Keziah Wallis
A dying God, a twisted priestess and a general wanting control of an empire. Catherine Fisher has created an amazing world which seems to blend elements of Ancient Egypt, Classical Greece and her own imagination. The Two Lands are ruled by the Priestesses who live on the Island. They serve the Archon who embodies the God and there are only nine. One of the youngest is appointed to the role of Bearer of the God which carries with it many dangers as the God appears as a scorpion or a snake. Howeve ...more
Wow. This book was surprisingly good. I enjoyed The Oracle Betrayed much more than I did Incarceron, which was also written by the same author.

I hadn't realized Fisher had been the same author, but I mostly picked this story up because it was a different historical time period than what I've been reading lately. It was an ancient Egyptian teen fantasy, and it was greatly crafted, illustrating so many aspects of the ancient world. The pacing was fast but easy to follow, and the story was enjoyabl
Jun 21, 2012 Lady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This was a nice little book. I'd read Catherine Fisher before and enjoyed Incarceron so when I learned it wasn't her first novel I was curious about her other books. Turns out this was her first book published in the US.

The story is pretty simple. But the characters are interesting if not entirely deep they're well developed enough to support the story. The mythology of the world is interesting, something a little like The Thief but somehow both more involved and less profound.

The allusions to t
Sep 30, 2014 Angelina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was pretty interesting. When I first picked up this book, I expected it to be about real Egyptians gods and because I like myths I thought that I wanted to read this book. But it turns out that the god didn't have a name and there was only one god. Otherwise I liked the plot. Everything was explained gradually and the idea was really good. I never really liked Chryse because her personality was always really annoying even though she was nice to Mirany. I think that this ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't exactly sure what expect with The Oracle Betrayed. After getting through a quarter of the book it went way past my expectations. It had me so engrossed with the conspiracy of finding the New Archon and finding out that Mirany, even though she didn't believe the Archon was real, found that the Oracle was speaking through her. The fact that Seth the Scribe was so torn about his loyalties and in the end did his best to save Mirany from the traitors touched me. I was routing so loud inside ...more
Jo Bennie
Dec 01, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f
the Two Lands are trapped in drought and The Archon offers his life to appease the Rain Queen and return water to the land but as the Archon's body travels through the Nine Houses of Mourning on his journey to his tomb and the search begins for his successor, a 10 year old boy into whose body the God has transferred, Mirany realises that she is at the centre of a web of conspiracy, coercion and danger. With the scribe Seth, attempting to sell his knowledge of the tombs to the mysterious tomb rob ...more
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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

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