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(The House War #6)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Oracle is the richly intricate sixth book in Michelle West's House War epic fantasy series.
Kindle Edition, 688 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by DAW (first published May 4th 2015)
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Mary Clarke I would definitely start with the first in the series. They're all good, but you don't want to know the end before the beginning. Start with "The…moreI would definitely start with the first in the series. They're all good, but you don't want to know the end before the beginning. Start with "The Hidden City".(less)

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Richard Judson
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For all those who've complained in the past about the lack of political intrigue in the earlier House War books, this one has it in spades, and ensures that that intrigue will continue into the last book of the series.

Not to mention the clarification on the differences between, and origin of, the Allisiani and Ariani and the hierarchy within the Hells and why it is the way it is. Along with the other things that are clarified/explained. Lord Islader makes a appearance, along with Lord Darranatos
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The very best yet of this series! Ms. West begins to reveal the origins and connections between the various groups - the Arianni, the gods, the first born, the Kialli and the rest of the demons, the Sen, the Cities of Men, and the citizens of the current empire. They are even more complicated and far more satisfying than I expected. In addition, secondary characters that were previously incidental (not common at all in this series!), come into their own - well developed with good back stories. I ...more
Kyla Zerbes
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
It pains me to give this a 3 but it just didn't live up to the rest of the series. It was soooo slow to get into then spent more than half the time not focused on the Oracle quest. I usually love the parts about the den but there was more about them than what Jewel was trying to accomplish, which should have been the point. And this was beyond a cliff hanger - without the anticipation. It just ended and I still felt like I hadn't really gotten to the end of the novel.
Bruce Wert
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great story, but really hard to read.
T.J. Fox
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For probably the first time in this series, we get a much closer look at one of the other members of Jay’s den, Jester. While he hasn’t taken on a level of importance as some of the others, like Finch or Teller, we see that he does have a roll to play that hints at becoming more important than just a background character.

We have seen it in other books, but in this book, the gathering of additional support for the entire group, not just Jay, becomes more prominent and solidified. Both in firming
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic
Really great book. But heartbreaking. There were a couple points where I had to take a break, because it was just so heartbreaking.

I love the world and all its complexities. I love the characters. I love the slow unfolding of history - the discovery of firstborn, of Meralonne, and finally getting some idea of who Andrei is.

But I'm so very afraid that in the end, Jewel will lose everything she is, in order to preserve what she loves. And it just kills me. Because aside from her den-kin and her ha
Nicole Lisa
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I love Michelle West. I've been reading her since the Hunter books came out in the 90s and I've been waiting for this book for a long time... but not this version, which needed serious editing for pace and content. How many times can the characters have the same conversation?? How many times can everything just stop while they talk at each other and explain things for pages and pages?? About 570 pages worth actually. I really feel like I could have read the last 100-150 pages and gotten all the ...more
Lace Marc
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Riveting series

I finished the whole series in about 3 weeks! Jewel's story grabbed me and I couldn't put it down and I'm happy there's a new book release next month.
Melinda Weprin
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing! I really enjoy this author and the depth that she brings to a story
Scott Wozniak
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story slowed down a bit and the ending was so fast it felt anti-climactic. But I enjoyed it. It just wasn't as exciting as the other books. I'll keep reading the series, though.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
917W7DQL65L._SL1500_Picking up a Michelle West book is a little like it used to be when picking up a new Robert Jordan book. The stories are complex, the world is rich, the characters grow and change, the books are thick, and after waiting a year or so since the last book, you need to do a little re-reading.

Jewell Markess has always been one of my favorite characters from West. Jewel is a seer, which allowed her to survive her childhood on the streets, gather and save an unlikely group of outcas
Moth Pockets
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One of my all-time favourite authors in the Fantasy genre continues to amaze. No other I've yet encountered can so deftly communicate both inward and outward landscapes that I'll never forget. The psyche as her sandbox and language so many grains of silica, she doesn't just pile words into a castle-shaped mould and call it a story. She clearly goes to the effort of selecting every matrix component, before roaring into it the heat of inspiration and the breath of deep insight. The results are min ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, a comment on the series. The Essalieyan Saga is, in my somewhat informed opinion, the single most undersold epic fantasy out there. This novel is approximately book 15 in a world of wonders and book six in a contiguous series called the House War. I highly recommend newcomers to start either at The Hidden City (House War book 1) or at The Broken Crown (Sun Sword book 1).

Oracle as a book is, as I've come to expect from Ms West, highly character driven. I mean this in the best possible way;
Oracle (House wars #6) like all Michelle's books needs to be savoured slowly like your favourite ....... please insert your poison,to enjoy the book in it's full glory, I prefer Cote d'or chocolate for those who are willing to bribe for positive reviews.
But and here's the but - if your grey cells are anything like mine, a bit challenged, I would highly recommend, if you have the time and the patience ( the latter I didn't possess) to go back and read if not the whole series at least the last boo
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Finally got to Michelle Sagara's main series. I love her Cast in series so I knew I would not dislike the series but the volumes of the books made me hesitate. I shouldn't have and should have trusted the author. Amazing story of growth and determination and hope! I did feel frustrated with Jay's choices as I often do with Kaylin's choices. Her views are for the "little people" and not really for the big picture, though those decisions do effect the greater parts of her world. Also Jay being spe ...more
Simran Khalsa
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This capped off a complete reread of the House Wars series. I had read Oracle only once when it came out last year, then I got a Jewel yen at the ides of March. With a complete re-read preceding I can say that Oracle fulfills many a series and character hope and expectation, with enough new stuff to keep me wanting to know more. The end felt just right, and I wait with great anticipation for War (book 7, still being written among the two other in-progress series by the author, expected mid 2017 ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Michelle West
Now we get to see the pieces in motion set by Battle and Skirmish along with new players in the game. The book started out slow, but picks up by the end. (view spoiler) I cannot wait fo ...more
Dennis Fahey
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Good, long, but not equal to previous books in series.

Characters, new and old, come out of the woodwork in the latest House Wars novel. Jester who's been virtually invisible until now, comes to occupy an important role. Birgide, the Astari gardener, becomes a key player. Whiny cats abound. Get ready for more gods, demigods, immortals and near immortals to keep track of. It wasnt exactly what Id expected in book 6. This book serves to set up, hopefully, the final climax to the House Wars; fillin
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Intricate is right. The cast of characters, their interactions, their history, is dazzling. I am a little weary by this stage but not too much so; if she has the energy to keep writing, I am sure I can find the stamina to keep going. Not the least because I can't wait to see how the series ends. I've read a couple of her series now but the ones I have enjoyed the most have not ended. In fact they seem to keep growing without pause (like an enchanted forest, heh) with portents of doom liberally s ...more
Nikita Segadaes
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
It was okay, not as great as the previous novels in this series, seemed a little scattered in areas and the usual depth of story lost. It seems as if all characters are less focused, the politics a little shallow in terms of intrigue. Alot of it seemed a little too repetitive, characters arent growing at the pace they were in previous novels and tend to just be mulling about. Alot of nothing was going on, usually her books are rather well thought out, but again there was no depth here, rather al ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Long anticipated, which puts a bit of a strain on things. Too much Jarven for my tastes, and so very talky in parts, in a way that doesn't add much. The scenes with Jewel and crew are better. The new characters are great. As usual, my main reaction at the end was "noooo want moooooarrr!" And so back to waiting ...
Samantha Gross
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
loved it West really knows how to drag you in and keep you. over all this Arthur rates up there with Frank Herbert ans George R R Martin. Herbert for the language and Ideas Expressed along with the complexity of the plots within. While some might say its just a retelling of a tale already told just from a different view its so not. I cant wait for the next one
Angie Gaule
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I gulp these books, and this was no exception. It picks up right where the last left off and goes careening down the path, breakneck, until it ends, all too soon. Minor characters step to the front, some major ones step back, and it all works. I cannot help but hope that the next will be coming soon!
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is Michelle West at her best. I just wish all her writing could get this just-right mix of politics, witty dialogue, fantasy, and characters that give you shivers. I stretched it out to make it last because this is what reading should be, an immersive experience that you want to go on forever.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even knowing going in that there would likely be an abrupt end but no conclusion...i'm still terribly sad this book is over!

Plenty of political maneuverings and answers to a few of the questions we have had throughout the series make this one of my favorite books in this tale so far.

Back to waiting impatiently for the next installment...
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have read the previous House books and Hunters Oath and Hunters Death but this book was a struggle. It was scattered and wordy, slow and repetitive, which made it way too long. Anything interesting or important seemed to happen in the last 100 pages or so, especially in the Epilogue. I look forward to #7 returning to all the reasons I have enjoyed and continued reading these books.
Lindsey Young
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I love this series! Buuuut, this book just dragged on with very little progress. I feel like the author just reiterated all of the subjects characteristics for new readers. However, this is not the first book; we know all of their quirks!
Jason Borer
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Son of a....

Was hoping this was a conclusion. I love this series. This is a a great work by a worthy writer. Now I have to wait. The problem with epics is the complexity is hard to hold onto in between episodes.
Barbara Eichler-Cline
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Life is a mesh

Intense characters. Jesters Levity was necessary. Family the bond of the central characters. A story filled with sharp edged love and pain.
Heidi Mcjunkin
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow at times but I still enjoyed it. Now if only I don't have to wait years for the next installment!
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Michelle is an author, bookseller, and lover of literature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and sometimes as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

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Other books in the series

The House War (8 books)
  • The Hidden City (The House War, #1)
  • City of Night (The House War, #2)
  • House Name (The House War, #3)
  • Skirmish (The House War, #4)
  • Battle (The House War, #5)
  • Firstborn (House War #7)
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