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O Oráculo (The Oracle Prophecies #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,556 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Catherine Fisher baseou-se nas tradições da Grécia Antiga e na cosmogonia da civilização egípcia para criar um mundo com reminiscências de algo que nos é familiar mas que, no entanto, é totalmente novo. Numa terra onde não cai uma gota de água há quatro meses, todos acreditam que o velho Arconte, o Deus-no-Mundo, tem de ser sacrificado para trazer a chuva. Mas, no momento ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 2004 by Presença (first published 2003)
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Charlotte
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
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Cherrylea
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
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Nora
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.

Summary

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,
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Ithlilian
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
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
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Katie
Jan 23, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Catherine Fisher novel but definitely a good book.
Cynthia Haggard
Sep 04, 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
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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
Rachel
Aug 30, 2013 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
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Giulija
May 26, 2015 Giulija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED IT!!!
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
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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
Jess
Aug 19, 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.
Joey
Feb 29, 2016 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a good way to start out the story. A good strong point of this book was the adventure and mystery portion. It was an interesting read, though I have to admit there were a few spots that confused me. However, I like how as a whole everything seems to fit together, and how each character has their own behavior and background. The story flowed nicely from one part of the story to the next, yet also had plenty of surprises to keep the reader entertained. At the end ...more
Mie
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
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.
Bibliophile
I wish more people would read Catherine Fisher's fantastic young-adult novels (and this series is a particular favorite of mine, because her made-up world is like a wonderful hybrid of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece - instead of Pharaohs, there are Archons who are living gods, and Oracles - and lots and lots of scorpions!) There's political intrigue, some great characters (I particularly like The Jackal in this one), lovely writing, and some thrilling action pieces. If you're a fan of Megan Wh ...more
Brittany
Jan 21, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing isn't great and seriously needed a better editor, but once action of the story picked up, I quickly forgave its faults. The author does an excellent job of drawing you in, with complex characters and plot twists I didn't always guess.

The ending actually wraps most things up, with a bittersweet but resonating resolution. I see that there are two more books, but the reviews state that they aren't as good as the first. Not wanting to tarnish my adoration for this book, I don't have any
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Lucile
Oct 28, 2015 Lucile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I just stumbled upon this recommendation but I was like "I've already seen this cover somewhere". Some minutes later and I found the second and third book of this trilogy in my room ahah !

I clearly remember this series. And what an adventure ! I read it maybe 4 or 5 years ago but it was so stunning and brilliant ! Some kind of Ancient Egypt and betrayal, I really enjoyed it ! I adored the main characters but I can't made a description of them after 4 years ahah. I'll reread it for sure !
Eskana
May 22, 2015 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
Robin
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
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Marilag
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
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Lady
Oct 16, 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
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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
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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
Sofia
Jan 04, 2012 Sofia rated it really liked it
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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Antonia
Oct 27, 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
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Kaito Aileen
Feb 01, 2015 Kaito Aileen rated it it was amazing
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
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Poli
Jan 29, 2015 Poli rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Nice fantasy world with reminiscences of past civilizations we all heard about. Well developed characters, some of them are not really quite what they seem...
The only thing is that I have my suspicions about series (in my opinion, most authors tend to spoil their stories when they decide to continue it), so now I'm divided, on one hand I feel like knowing the rest of the story, on the other, since I liked it so much I fear to be disappointed like I've been so many times before with other authors
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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.

Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups o
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