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The Oracle's Hatchling

(The Oracle #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Ling is hated because his birth killed his mother. He hopes that testing will ease his troubles—either his rank will be so low that everyone forgets about him, or it will be so high they'll be forced to respect him. What he doesn't expect is to walk out of the testing chamber with an egg emblazoned on his back. Laughed out of the Monastery, Ling hides himself in Altnoia, w ...more
Published March 5th 2014 by Less Than Three Press LLC (first published March 4th 2014)
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Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, arc
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. I found Ling to be a relatable character, and I liked that the cruel way in which he was treated didn't make him a hard or a cold person. I liked how he reached out to the Prince, and how the two men learned to trust in each other. The plot was well done, and I liked that it was about more than brute force, but about trust, and openness, and learning to have faith in others. The ending was well don
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

This second book worked better for me.

I adored Ling, and watching Rion open up as the couple grew was sweet.

Finding out a little more on the Egg tattoo was good, but again I can't help feeling we are missing so much more, if only these were longer with a touch more detail. But I guess thats just me being greedy lol.

I look forward to the next instalment.

ETA I'm starting to realise these books work much better when read back to back. The Oracle is still confusing at times, but I'm getting
*NOTE: This is a review of the entire series*

I love reading LGBTQ+ fiction. I also love reading fantasy books. When the two genres are combined, it's a must read for me. I saw the Oracle series, and fell in love with the covers. After seeing them, I knew I had to read the series. Unfortunately, after reading all four books in the series, it was just okay. There were parts that I liked, but the parts that I disliked outweighed that.

I have different feelings about each of the books. In the first b
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.

I really, really liked this one. It’s almost like a fairy tale where the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan and two men – Ling and Prince Damarion – are so lonely their lives have been completely miserable. Now, they are both in positions that make their lives even more hellacious causing Ling to runaway and find employment in Prince Rion’s castle. From there they meet when no other servant wants to take Rion his meal and what even
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, love-bytes
Ling is the most disliked and ridiculed person who lives at the monastery. His birth was the cause of the former Oracle’s death and despite the fact that Ling was just an innocent baby, the rest of the monastery’s occupants still blame the young man today. Ling is finally old enough to enter the testing chamber and sees this as his only chance to end the disapproval he’s forced to live with. He’ll test into a caste and either be forgotten or respected should he rank high enough. When he emerges ...more
POV: Third Person (limited)
Kisses: 3.5 out of 5 (a good book. Maybe something you wouldn't remember, but a good easy read)

“The Oracle’s Hatchling” is the second story in a fantasy series. The books can be read as standalones, but characters from the first do appear in, and have influence on, the second.

Ling is an orphan, raised in the monastery, and used to being ignored at best. Determined to better his standing, he grabs at what he sees as his first and best chance. The Choosing doesn’t guara
Crystal Marie
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
To be honest, when I started this book I was a bit confused about what exactly was going on. Because it felt like the story almost started in the middle. But the one thing that I can say that I’m extremely glad about is that the author DID add a bit of the history of the main character. So you are able to find out more of what is going on.
I do like that the characters that were in the first book in the series were brought back into this story. Being able to follow up with what was going on with
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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"Mell Eight manages to take two young men, different in status but not in the manner in which they both were made outsiders by events outside their control, and make them both realistic and worthy of our compassion. Ling has suffered the worst, he lost his mother and then any place he might have had in the caste societies that live within the Monastery. Constantly taunted and belittled, his only hope for something bett
Lori S.
The story itself is pretty decent - a young man who's been outcast from his old life at the Monastery where he was either abused or ignored finds his way into the life of another young man who has similar issues, complicated by his being the son of a deposed king and the focus of rebellion by those who wish to return to the corruptness of the past. The two find they're kindred spirits and take to pulling pranks around the castle to enliven the days for each of them. It would have been nice to se ...more
Adrian Smith
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this installment of this series. This one had no rough start and dove straight into the action. Ling was a character I definitely grabbed onto and could relate to. The plot carries from beginning to end, and I love the twist about who Ling is. There was a lot going on, and it was great to see the characters from book 1 back even thought a good number of years had passed in the interim.

The descriptions of the castle and the characters really came through in this one and I was able to vis
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
FIRST RE-READ 19 February 2017
There's just such a beautiful, naive, innocent hopefulness to these that makes them perfect escapist reading. If only they were longer!

I actually thoroughly enjoyed this. I liked that we got to see the characters from #1 and that we got to meet two more completely endearing characters. I still think this world is among the most fascinating I've yet encountered in m/m fantasy. I think the only think I wish were different is that I couldn'
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons
Um... the story was written nice.... Dragon-themed books really riles me up especially this author's books but it was written short and a little bit fast-paced(?) that's why I give 4 only.

But all in all, it was good book and I recommend it for anyone who loves dragon and men.
tanya kozlova
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but sweet

For a short novelist was great. I feel that the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. However the overall concept was well put together. The characters sweet, and more than endearing.
Amanda Kern

If t by is book was not written by smell eight I would not have bought it. She is a good author do not get me wrong. It is just expensive to pay r dollars for a book that is not even 100 pages long. I will admit it is a good story though.
JL Lucaban
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yes, it's really short. BUT can we just talk about (view spoiler) xD hahaha

Seriously, that really made me laughed out loud really hard. xD

Really love this though... Now unto the next! xD

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When Mell Eight was in high school she wrote a short story for an English class. The assignment was for no more than five pages, yet she had turned in ten and the story wasn't completed. Her teacher was impressed, but writing stories for fun was her main source of procrastination from homework; handing in an assignment that actually asked her to write fiction was too good to pass up. Since then Me ...more

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  • The Oracle's Golem (The Oracle #3)
  • The Oracle's Sprite (The Oracle #4)
  • The Sentinel's Prophesy (The Oracle, #5)