All Althaia wants on her trip to Delphi is to fulfill her father’s last wish and enjoy time away from her tiresome new husband. Finding the body of a young woman on the altar of Dionysos in the theater of the Sacred Precinct on her first day in town is not in her plans. Neither is getting involved in the search for the killer, falling for the son of a famous priestess, or getting pulled into the ancient struggle for control of the two most powerful oracles in the world. But that’s exactly what happens when Theron, Althaia’s tutor and a man with a reputation for finding the truth, is asked to investigate. When a priest hints that Theron himself may be involved, Althaia is certain the old man is crazy-until Nikomachos, son of the famous priestess of Dodona, arrives with an urgent message. As Theron’s past, greedy priests, paranoid priestesses, visions, prophecies, and stolen treasures complicate the investigation, Althaia finds herself falling for Nikomachos whose dangerous secrets may hold the key to the young woman’s death. When another body is found and Althaia discovers Nikomachos is being blackmailed, she devises a plan to coerce the killer to reveal himself and, in the process, forces Nikomachos to confront his own past. As the plan unfolds, she comes to realize that love often comes at a high price and that the true meaning of family is more than a blood bond.
Oracles of Delphi by Marie Savage is a terrific blend of historical fiction, suspense, and mystery. Using ancient Greece as a backdrop, she weaves a fantastic tale that keeps the reader engaged and often on the edge of their seat. I really enjoyed how I was guessing right up to the end who the murderer might be and appreciated that it wasn’t obvious like some mysteries are.
I liked the great cast of characters and the author did a great job of making them interesting, real, and easy to relate to. Althaia is good strong character and someone I’d have wanted to be like if I’d lived back then. Another aspect I liked is how I learned a lot about ancient religions and the myths people believed in back then. I like when a book teaches me without being teachy..
All in all, it’s an enjoyable book that will attract people who read historical fiction or mystery books. I will definitely read another book by Marie Savage in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marie Savage is the pen name of Kristina Marie Blank Makansi who always wanted to be a Savage (her grandmother’s maiden name) rather than a Blank. She is co-founder and publisher of Blank Slate Press, an award-winning small press in St. Louis, and founder of Treehouse Author Services. Books she has published and/or edited have been recognized by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), the Beverly Hills Book Awards, the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, the British Kitchie awards, and others. She serves on the board of the Missouri Center for the Book and the Missouri Writers Guild. Along with her two daughters, she has authored The Sowing and The Reaping (Oct. 2014), the first two books of a young adult, science fiction trilogy. Oracles of Delphi, is her first solo novel.
Thanks to Amy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for sending me an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. To check out more stops on the tour, including giveaways, guest posts, and interviews, click the links below.
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Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
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Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
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Review at A Bookish Affair
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