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O Oráculo (The Oracle Prophecies #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,337 ratings  ·  91 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
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
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
Ithlilian
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
Cynthia Haggard
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 Proffitt
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
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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Jo Bennie
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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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Mie
I like this trilogy about Mirany - I have always had an eye for fictional stories about Ancient Egypt
Sarah Freeman
A beautiful, unique read that tackles a question like godliness with wit and grace.
Eskana
"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
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
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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Ms Miranda Misandry
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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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Angelina Ruby
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
Jenn
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
Sarah Potter
This Young Adult Fantasy novel makes for a fast-paced and colourful read. Catherine Fisher has combined the mysteries of Ancient Egypt's religion of death with the bright splendor of Ancient Greece, and weaved around it a story of intrigue, with memorable characters -- both the good and bad ones, as well as those existing in the grey areas in between the two.

The writing style is quite literary and different. I borrowed the novel off a fifteen-year-old, who's an advanced reader with an adult voc
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Lisa
A creative story about a young high priestess, Mirany, who is thrown into a dangerous and deadly situation when she discovers that the current Speaker to the god and the general of the army are plotting to take over control of the country. Soon in the company of some unlikely companions, she finds herself trying to save all that she holds dear.

Although I thought the story line was new and different, I found that the writing fell a little flat, and it took quite a bit of the book before I really
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Anna Yellis
I love reading about different sorts of mythology. I liked how it sort of had a Greek mythology sense about it. I liked how she made it all original. But I did not enjoy the stories as much. The plot was eh...not awful but not amazing. Sort of in-between.
Πάνος Τουρλής
Περιπετειώδες. Δε μου άρεσε που ξεκίναγε από την αρχή, χωρίς να σε εισαγάγει στο κλίμα και σα ήθη. Δεν ήταν άσχημο.

Στα ελληνικά από τον Μίνωα το 2004.
Rebekah H.
Aug 19, 2011 Rebekah H. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Artemis Fowl or Percy Jackson
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Catherine Fisher doesn't "write down" to middle graders. Her prose/language level and story depth are nearly as complicated as that of her YA novels. "The Oracle Betrayed" is set in a fantasy culture that closely resembles Ancient Egypt, with a touch of Ancient Greek. Despite it not being "actually" in our world, it would be a great school/fun read when studying this period in history, as it captures a lot of the mythology and interest.
MUCH better than the Percy Jackson series, on every level (
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Maren
I was leery of starting this, and didn't want to enjoy it because I had enjoyed Incarceron/Sapphique so much and didn't want to be disappointed. Still, I found myself drawn into the mystery of this alternate reality. Fisher is a vivid storyteller whose prose has a habit of captivating you to the point of staying up too late to finish her books... Her twists on the magic of folktales make them more real to our current times, and therefore more accessible (and enjoyable). Can't wait to read the se ...more
Marissa
This was an exciting adventure with a great variety of characters. I loved how the book was broken into sections that correlated perfectly with the religious rites that were being held for the former God-on-Earth, as our characters searched for the new one. The motley group of characters trying to bring the new God-on-Earth to his temple include a young woman in service to the temple, a young scribe, and an older musician, and the group grows larger as the danger builds. Very enjoyable read.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Oracle Prophecies (3 books)
  • The Sphere of Secrets (The Oracle Prophecies, #2)
  • Day of the Scarab (The Oracle Prophecies, #3)
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1) Sapphique (Incarceron, #2) The Dark City (Relic Master, #1) Obsidian Mirror (Chronoptika, #1) Snow-Walker (The Snow Walker, #1-3)

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