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Oracles of Delphi Keep (Oracles of Delphi Keep #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  2,383 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Ian Wigby is about to find out that he is a very special boy.

Along the southern coast of England, atop the White Cliffs of Dover, stands a castle. And at that castle’s old keep is an orphanage. Delphi Keep has seen many youngsters come and go through its gates, and Ian Wigby and his sister, Theodosia, are happy to call it home. Life has always been simple at the Keep, and
ebook, 560 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Oct 18, 2013 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A warning for those considering starting the series: it has no end. Three books of a planned four were written, and this note appears on the author's website: "Hey, my wonderful fans! So, I have some not so great news to share with fans of the Oracles' publisher has decided not to move forward with a 4th and final book. I'm so, so sorry. I would like to thank everyone who supported the series - your kindness and generosity have been most appreciated, and I'm truly,
I read this book as part of an ongoing study of children's books which use Greek or Roman antiquity in some way. The first few chapters were slow-ish going for me, but once I got into the story, I found myself wanting to keep reading; the author handled the pacing of a long book well, I thought.

But I grew increasingly frustrated with the way in which the author presented Classical elements. I don't expect artists and authors to be "true" to ancient sources or even always faithful to ancient his
Kathleen Houlihan
While there are the bones of a great story here, the book would have benefitted from a more adept editor to skillfully slice away the repetitive and sometimes cringe-ingly cliched prose and let the story stand on it's own two feet. The writer's attempts at cockney/British English are forced, uneven, and ultimately unconvincing. The addition of a British copy editor could have strengthened the writing and made the wordy prose easier to chew.

Sadly, the characters are a casualty of over-writing. W
Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A hellhound wants the blood of orphans Ian Wigby and Theodosia after they discover a box from a cave at the White Cliffs of Dover. The box contains a three-thousand-year-old prophecy written by the great Oracle, Laodamia. As the mystery unfolds the two end up on quest with the likes of a professor, two teachers, and an orphan as they try to save the world from being taken over by a demogorgon or demon God of the Earth.

The pacing is a little slow in spots but picks up toward the end as the charac
Eva Care

Ha sido una lectura entretenida, y me arrepiento de no habérmelo leído cuando me lo compré hace unos años porque estoy segura de que la habría disfrutado mucho más.

Me ha enganchado bastante y eso es algo que siempre me gusta, pero al final el comportamiento de algunos personajes me empezó a cansar.

Algo que no me ha gustado es que el protagonista, que es un niño (no me acuerdo de su edad pero diría que ronda los 12), se comporta de una manera demasiado "heróica" para alguien de su edad, y es
Literally the only thing I can say positive about this book is that the prose is decent. Other than that, this is atrocious in every regard. There's a lot to complain about here, from the bland characters, to the incredibly slow pacing, to how boring and cliched the fantasy elements are, to the shoddy structure, to the fact that this is ostensibly an adventure story where the adventure doesn't start until two thirds of the way into the novel, to the way Laurie sets up way too many mysteries earl ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 5-8
Recommended to Sarah by: 5/6 list
Ian, an orphan living in 1930s Britain, loves nothing more than to go exploring. When he and his sister Theo spend their day away from the orphanage exploring some nearby underground caves, they come across some strange writing on the wall and a small silver box half buried in the ground. Unfortunately, they inadvertently disturb a huge dog-like beast from which they barely manage to escape in one piece.

When the Earl of Kent learns of the beast, he instructs Ian to show direct the adults to wher
Aug 08, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reader: Susan Duerden
1. Oracles of Delphi Keep
2. The Curse of Deadman's Forest
3. Quest for the Secret Keeper
I really enjoyed this fantasy adventure story about a few orphans from England in the late 1930's who follow a path left for them by an oracle from ancient Greece. The audio edition was great, too! The characters are young (13 & 10), but it can get a little dark at times, so I wouldn't recommend it for the younger set.
Jan 03, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Victoria Laurie's adult mystery, psychic, and ghost busting books so I started this book, her first book for children, with high hopes. Honestly, I didn't like it much at first but thank goodness I persisted! I ended up loving this story- all 550 pages. It's a fantasy story with dark mythology creatures, seers, magic, travel, portals, ancient treasures and prophesies all set in pre-World War II England.

Ian Wigby lives in the orphanage of Delphi Keep, set on the Dover Cliffs, where he wat
Apr 04, 2011 Books4m rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rough ride thru a great adventure. This book is like a whirlwind it speeds up quickly with heart pounding action then cools down with daily details, my only concern with this book is the children its aimed at might find it a little bloody. Now I know we live in the age of Percy Jackson and harry potter and both have kids that die and are violent for kids books. But still... On the whole though this book was wonderful the characters are endearing( Try I dare you to not fall in love with Theo) a ...more
"Oracles of Delphi Keep" was a particularly frustrating read because, while an interesting concept, most of the first 200 pages were pure infodumping on the author's part and the characters weren't engaging enough to keep my attention from wandering during the first half of the book. I'm usually a fairly fast reader, but "Oracles" took me ages to finish because I had to keep putting it down because it was terribly boring. The book does pick up quite a bit in the back half and I really got into t ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Brandon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I want to like this book, I really do. The story isn't half bad, albeit a little too far fetched, but the writing just grated on me. Cliché characters, youth whose wisdom sometimes defies logic and other times is sorely lacking, and far too many plot points to follow all but killed my enthusiasm for what was actually happening. I constantly lost track of what time period the kids were supposed to be from, and struggled with the cultural elements as well. I'm sure there are others who will really ...more
Have had this one on the 'to read' list for far too long. I love the Abby Cooper Psychic Eye books. The psychic thing features in this tale - but it's very different from her other books. It's YA and told from the point of view of two scrappy orphans who reside at Delphi Keep. It's the first book in a series. Very enjoyable. I look forward to reading the rest in the series.
Apr 10, 2013 Lynette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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Mar 10, 2017 Kino Kino rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
I am quite conflicted with this rating but I figure this would be better so as to dissuade other readers from picking this book up.

The short of it, the final book will not be written. It seems, not even a hint of what happened has been given. It leaves me heart broken, but what can you do right?

This is an amazing series as a whole, well written characters and great pacing and just skillfully written. But it kinda sucks for people to come in, fall in love and have a guaranteed heart attack upon
Oct 10, 2015 J.D.Staton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a long (550+ pages) but highly engaging, absorbing, and original fantasy tale centered around a British orphanage that is part of an earl's estate. The orphans live in a very old castle keep that contains all sorts of old tunnels that have been largely forgotten and left unexplored, except by some of the braver orphans. The orphanage is located in Dover, England, near the famous cliffs of Dover which are equally riddled with tunnels and caves, which allow our protagonists to make all sor ...more
Sandra Pedicini
I liken this book to Barack Obama's presidency. It starts out with great promise, then falters. And now we're just not sure how it's all going to turn out. The book's ending quite obviously makes way for a sequel, but Im not sure if it's worth the commitment of another 500 pages.
I was surprised I hadn't heard more about this book when I started reading out. It had a gripping storyline, lots of good description, interesting characters - all the right elements. I thought maybe it was because the
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oracles of Delphi Keep is the kind of book I really enjoy reading. It is chock full of adventure and it wonderfully written. Victoria Laurie does a excellent job of creating likable main characters and villains that any reader will despise. She also does an brilliant job of creating the feel of the 1930's when orphanages were plentiful kids without parents were shipped off to these dreadful places, although Delphi Keep is not so bad.

I also love the fact that this book is written in the 1930'
Apr 26, 2013 Miriamrae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a great lover of children's and young adult fantasy fiction, so naturally I enjoyed this book a great deal. In fact I simply loved this book, and I'm sure it will make its rotation into my reread piles. Just a few points however listed below--

--The characters are between 8 and 13, however I would caution reading this story to the younger set (8-10). There are intense action sequences, violence, and disturbing characters (Mangus and his hellhounds are killers, and although it does not go int
Downloaded from Audible and narrated by Susan Duerden, I thought it was a great book to listen while in the car with the sprog. At 9 1/2, he was the perfect age to become scared during the scary bits and it held his rapt attention during the exciting bits.

He had already read this book from cover to cover in the time before lights out and expressed how much he liked it. The hardcover book was obtained from our public library.

There are some pretty heavy things in the book, like the coming of Hitle
Miss Clark
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Dec 15, 2015 Staara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that I didn't finish...prob because I found it difficult to do so!

The main characters are two dimensional and boring.
I find Ian friggin annoying-he seems too over-protective of Theo at times and keeps information from her-who gives him the right to do so?

Then there is the language thing-very unconvincing southern English language, for starters nobody keeps on using the word 'lad' for a boy, there was something not right about the language being used, some words seemed to be
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~

Hmm...I LOVED the 1st half of this book, and was going to give it 5 stars. It was amazing. The pacing, the characters, the story, the timeline, I loved it!

But heading into the 2nd half it got really...dark. Now, I've read a lot of books that have scarier things happen, than this one, but there was something about HOW they happened, and how it was written that made it dark.
I don't know. It was almost like I was forcing myself not to get excited, scared, or tense about this book. It was strange
Jul 29, 2012 lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
Well it's not bad, but not otherworldly good either.

On a sinister night at Delphi Keep, a baby later named Theodosia by Ian Wigby, is delivered delivered to Delphi Keep by a horseman who latter perish in a sinister occurrence involving a great hound/beast.

Fast forward 8 years later, Ian and Theo found a treasure box, that turns out to be an oracle from Leodomia. This box is the beginning of great adventure for Ian and Theo. They have to fulfill prophecies and in doing so, they got help from 1
Nov 07, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Alex
Ian has lived all his 13 years in the well-run orphanage at Delphi Keep. He is responsible and true, as we see his devotion to Theo, whom he considers to be his sister. However, he is also spirited and slightly naughty: he loves exploring the caves along the coast of Dover, although it has been forbidden. One day he and Theo find a silver box in a cave, unleashing a hellhound that follows them home. Thus starts an increasingly supernatural tale that includes prophecies, a magic portal, a crotche ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was slow to start out but once I got into it I really loved it. I read through all 3 books within a 2 month span...then came to find out that the author posted on her website that she was denied publishing on a 4th book. Sad day!! Ever since the Harry Potter series ended I have been looking for another awesome series to catch my attention but never could find it, until this series. I am so bummed that the 4th is not ever going to exist. Im not trying to spam on goodreads by any means b ...more
I have read and enjoyed Laurie's paranormal mystery series for adults, and was pleasantly surprised to find that she also had a children's series. Set after WWI but before WWII, this 1st book in the series is the story of an orphan who is fortunate enough to live in a well-run orphanage housed in an ancient keep near the Cliffs of Dover. When a toddler is found wandering in a field one wild and stormy night, Ian, 5 at the time, is tasked with her care. Fast forward several years and some unusual ...more
Along the southern coast of England, atop the White Cliffs of Dover, stands a castle. And in that castle's old keep is an orphanage for lost, abandoned, and parentless children. Delphi Keep has seen many youngsters come and go, and Ian Wigby and his sister, Theodosia, are happy to call it home.
Life is simple at the keep, and the orphanage is secure, until one day, in a cavern unlike any they've explored, Ian and and Theo find a silver box. And within it, a discovery that will change their lives
Mar 28, 2013 Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun, intriguing tale that was chalk full of adventure, and a good amount of action and suspense! The fun, clever characters kept the plot moving along nicely, and I enjoyed their various attitudes, reactions to the situations that they were placed in, humor, and friendship. The relationship between the orphans and the adults in this tale was interesting to see, and the glimpses of European history added a further interesting layer of depth to the story. The strongest elements of ...more
Narrated by Susan Duerden. Orphans Ian and Theo discover a hidden prophecy that involves them inextricably. The story holds promise especially as the prophecy and Theo's powers of sight predict Hitler's reign of terror and so how will the fantasy tie the two together? But when Ian and friends enter Morocco through the cave portal, the story bogs down for me. The prophecy's story stalled and there were too many hair-breadth chases by the hellhounds and exhortations by our heroes to "run for your ...more
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