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The Oracle

(The Gateway Chronicles #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  37 reviews
A year ago Darcy Pennington had no real friends. A year ago she’d thought that magic only existed in fairy tales. A year ago she would have laughed at the idea of other worlds.
Then everything changed when she’d visited Cedar Cove Family Camp and stumbled into a magical gateway to a world called Alitheia.
It is the summer before freshman year and Darcy and her five friends h
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Published June 14th 2012 by The Writer's Coffee Shop (first published November 8th 2010)
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One day while hiking a young girl discovers a portal to another world, the magical land of Alithia. She soon learns of a prophecy claiming that she and five others are destined to save this mystical place. At first the six are unsure of their part in this ancient prophecy. But eventually they learn to work together as a team, united in their efforts to fulfill their destiny and save this enchanted land.

Author K.B. Hoyle pens scenes that pop with vibrant details, making the world of Alitheia vivi
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oracle follows the next chapter of the six chosen to fulfill the prophecy. Darcy, Amelia, Sam, Lewis, Perry & Dean travels back to Alithea to continue their adventure in the hope of accomplishing the prophesied future for both the group and Alithea.

What’s new in The Oracle? The second book in the Gateway Chronicles was as exciting as The Six and I thoroughly enjoyed every single page. It was engaging, captivating and beautifully written. I also applause Hoyle for writing both The Six and
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic
Review is posted on my blog Ja čitam, a ti? as a part of blog tour for TWCS.

I've read first book in The Gateway Chronicles two moths ago - The Six took me by suprise. I felt like a child again. And then TWCS asked me if I wanted to review second book in the series. My answer - "YES!" Cindy, you rock!:)

The Oracle is set a year after everything that happened in the the first novel. It did started a bit slow, although that first scene with Darcy's dream was really good start. I don't want to spoil
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm really enjoying the progress that this series is making so far. Darcy is really growing as a character and becoming a more likable one. Even though Darcy is still relatively young, you can see her mindset becoming more mature. I think that the interaction between Darcy and Tellius is interesting to watch progress and grow. While Tellius and Darcy are still set firm on not marrying each other, you can see their dislike grow
Sherry Gomes
The Oracle is the second book in the Gateway Chronicles, following The Six. It's the next year, and Darcy and the other five kids, now fourteen, meet again at family summer camp and head back to the gateway to return to the land they found the year before. We meet new friends and get reacquainted with old. Darcy Perry and Dean must take a journey that has much of the second half of the book with a group separated from the other three.

I loved this book, almost as much as I loved the first one. I
Kathie (katmom)
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is the second book in the GATEWAY Chronicles and it is available NOW. And what a ride!

Quite the roller coaster...little moments of calm, separated with WILD adventures.

Darcy thinks there's a way to find out if she HAS to marry Tellius, and she jumps at the chance for information. Just what IS the Oracle? It's a long journey to get there and what is the cost?

Loved this adventure...

Yahto Veli continues to be my favorite character!

Read and decide who your favorite Nark is...
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am absolutely loving this series! It is refreshing to read a YA fantasy novel that is completely clean! Definitely purchasing this series for my middle school classroom. I do wish YA publishers would take note that there is no need to push their profanity filled novels at the public. A good book doesn't need it!
Donna Huber
This was as good as the first book. It also was very sad. See my full review at
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writing reviews of a series without giving spoilers is difficult. In The Oracle, the plot thickens with the return of the 6 to Alitheia. Darcy (The Intended) chafes against the Prophecy's description of her role and its provision for her to marry the king. Tellius, the heir to the throne, shares her misgivings, and trouble ensues. Without fully understanding the implications, Darcy reads a spell and invokes the Oracle. She must then undertake a dangerous journey (with a Fellowship of 12), with f ...more
Adam Shields
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short Review: Darcy and the others are excited to return to fantasy world of Alitheia. Evil was pushed back at the end of the first book, but evil remains Alitheia and their role in the prophecy is still not really understood. Darcy and Prince Tellius are both concerned about the lines of the prophecy that suggest that they are going to get married. After all they are still only 13 and 14 in this book and they do not like the fact that they seem to have no choice about a significant decision lik ...more
This book was really good. I would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy, and if you don't then this series is a pretty good place to start reading it.

This author writes, to me, really vividly. Which is amazing.
And the ending...… AGGH! Okay, I won't spoil it but I'll say it made me sad.... because I could picture it so vividly. It didn't make me sad in a bad way (as in bad ending) just sad because of the THING that happened in the last 25 pages of the book. I mean, I kind of knew it was coming
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
SO. STINKING. GOOD. But be warned, this author is not afraid to harm your favorite characters. Good thing I knew the plot twist already, since Pinterest is full of spoilers (that I may not may not have looked out up out of curiosity), but DANG. I love it though, how Darcy makes mistakes. I mean, it still makes me cringe, but to see her make mistakes, have to live with the consequences, and learn from them, is a wonderful sight to see in a protagonist. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book plot ...more
Donna Huber
I love this series. And though I have read it before, I'm still anxious to get to the next book.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highly-recommend
This book was another amazing contribution to The Gateway Chronicles series! I loved the amazing adventures my favorite characters took in this book! I read this book in less than a day.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Loved the pace of the adventure. Kept me on my toes and engaged. An excellent follow up to the first book.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is the second book in K.B. Hoyle’s series The Gateway Chronicles, and since I read the first one in April I have been waiting for this to read! In the first book, I had a little trouble adjusting to the ages of the main characters; because they were only like 13 years old… and well I haven’t been 13 in HAH well 13 years! But once I started reading the first one I absolutely loved it. So when I got an email to see if I would be interested in reading The Oracle I didn’t even hesitate! I ha ...more
Stacy Sabala
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Book Review- The Oracle by K.B. Hoyle

This is the second book in the Gateway Series. Darcy is going back again to the camp where she met her five friends and they travelled to the other world full of magic. She is anxious to go and see how things have changed. She is ready to see her friends and enjoy her time in Alithesia. She still worries about her hand, the Tselloch and what it means for her.
She is a year older and wiser. She, Sam and Lewis remained close friends through the school year. The
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you were 14, and you were told you had to marry somebody, AND you had no say in the matter, what would you do? Try to figure a way out of it, of course. That's not an easy task, when the prophecy that binds you to that person was handed down by the world's deity.

Yet, that's just what Darcy Pennington is faced with. We learn in the first book of The Gateway Chronicles that the prophecy that brought the six friends to Alitheia, also foretells that Darcy is The Intended of the king. But intended
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
The Oracle begins with Darcy's incredible impatience as her family prepares to return to Cedar Cove Family Camp, and immediately the difference in Darcy is clear. While last year she had dreaded the camp and didn't have a nice thing to say about it at all, this year she is brimming with excitement. What follows is a magical year in the world of Alitheia, where Darcy and her five friends work together to unravel the mysteries that bind them together. The book chronicles an epic adventure for the ...more
Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
Review originally posted at The Oaken Bookcase, June 15 2012.

The first book in the Gateway Chronicles, The Six, was re-released earlier this year and the story of The Oracle picks up a year later. The Six are now fourteen and they and their families are about to head back to Cedar Cove for another summer holiday. Hoyle has done a great job at gently reminding the reader of previous events, without bogging the story down with a long-winded retelling.

Once the teenagers arrive at Cedar Creek it’s a
Suzy Wilson
The second novel in the Gateway Chronicles, THE ORACLE continues to lay the foundations for the story-arc. In the first book (THE SIX), we met Darcy, Sam, Amelia, Perry, Lewis and Dean - six humans prophesied to save Alitheia, a land with parallels to a Earth, from the evil Tselloch and his minions.

In THE ORACLE, Darcy continues to struggle with her role in Alitheia's emancipation. Following a year spent in their normal lives, the six companions embark again into their other world and resume the
Erin Straza
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arks-2018
After reading The Oracle, Book 2 of The Gateway Chronicles, I found a yearning awaken in me that has been rather dormant. Darcy is the heroine I didn't even know I needed to read about. She's curious, tenacious, and courageous, yet she is still beautifully imperfect. In her, Hoyle has created a relatable lead yet with character traits we all aspire to. Darcy is not perfect, but she is real. In The Oracle, Darcy is on a dangerous, unavoidable quest with friends and characters I truly care for. Th ...more
Marian Jacobs
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In K.B. Hoyle’s The Oracle, the second installment of The Gateway Chronicles, Darcy Pennington returns to the magical land of Alitheia. Unwilling to face a future betrothal to Prince Tellius, Darcy asks an oracle if the prophecy is accurate regarding their fate. She is completely unaware of the magnitude of her request. Her petition magically tied her to the oracle and she must travel on foot for months to receive an answer. What she didn’t anticipated was the cost. The evil entity not only dema ...more
A.B. Shepherd
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Oracle begins a year after the ending of The Six. The school year has gone by and Darcy and the gang are back at Cedar Cover Family Camp in Michigan's beautiful U.P. (that's Upper Peninsula for you non-Michiganians - I hate the term Michigander!).

This time Darcy's main concern is being fated to marry the Prince who happens to be younger than she, and not exactly cool in her opinion. He's even got zits! And he's not keen to be fated to marry her either. So when he finds a possible way out Da
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Darcy makes a selfish decision and ends up asking a question of the oracle and as a result has to go on an extended journey to have it answered. In this book you see a lot of Darcy, Perry, and Dean. Amelia, Sam, and Lewis are not part of the journey to visit the Oracle. I hope in the next book Darcy grows up a little, and stops making decisions that benefit her, or get her into trouble. Twice now she's done something just for herself and everyone else has to rescue her in a wa ...more
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better! It's a year later - two years in Alitheia - so Darcy and her friends are a little bit more mature, and have spent their year at home anxiously waiting their trip through the gateway. Once again, though, Darcy's inquisitiveness becomes her downfall, and she unwittingly begins a turn of events which are shocking and left me panting for the third book. There are deaths, a dragon, centaurs and quite a bit of magic, and something horrendous happens which I hop ...more
Bradley Mcguffey
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
K.B. Hoyle really stepped it up in this second book. The story gets more interesting and the main character has really grown up. As intended, I still have issues with her attitude and decisions at times, but she's not so off-putting as to be a deterrent to reading the book. This series has started to get very interesting. The Nark race that was created in this series (sorry to those kids who thought they and Santa Clause were actually real) are a touch of fantasy genus.
Megan Smith
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
I love the series, but I'm always frustrated with Darcy. She has to keep things to herself and hide stuff from her friends - and it usually ends badly! Maybe it's the perfectionist in me, but I don't like reading about people who make stupid, avoidable mistakes.

Still, I really am enjoying the series and look forward to the remaining books.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a roller coaster of a ride! I won't give away too many details, but this is a book that will tap into all your emotions and I can see many YA relate and commiserate with the main characters and their struggles.
I was a bit disappointed to see the book had already ended, so I'm quickly picking up the next one so I can read on! Lots of mystery left to discover :)
Excalibur Snape
This serise just keeps getting better and better.
The world is brilliant.
It's so fast pace that once you start reading it you can't put it down.
The writing is fantastic. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Can't wait to finish this serise.
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K. B. Hoyle is a multiple award-winning Young Adult author, a public speaker, and a creative writing instructor. She is represented by Ben Grange of the L. Perkins Agency in New York City.

She was a panel speaker at the 2013 Sydney Writer's Festival in Sydney, Australia, and a featured speaker at the Great American Book Festival in 2017. Her books receive high acclaim from readers and reviewers wo

Other books in the series

The Gateway Chronicles (6 books)
  • The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1)
  • The White Thread (The Gateway Chronicles Book 3)
  • The Enchanted (The Gateway Chronicles Book 4)
  • The Scroll: The Gateway Chronicles 5
  • The Bone Whistle (The Gateway Chronicles Book 6)