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 have come back to Cedar Cove Family Camp and Alitheia. This return is bittersweet because her elusive purpose in the magical realm continues to evade her. Egged on by Tellius, the boy prince she is prophesied to marry, Darcy rebels and impulsively “petitions” an entity called the Oracle and requests it give her information as to her purpose. In order to receive her answer she must travel to the Oracle, and so she embarks on a journey along with her friends and Yahto Veli, the nark. Too late she realizes her selfish entreaty has thrown the entire outcome of the prophecy itself into question and endangered everyone. Uncertainties mount between Darcy and her companions as they fight their way through enemy territory to locate the Oracle, and an unwelcome visitor from Cedar Cove adds a layer of mystery that none of them are prepared for.
But the perils of the quest are nothing when compared to what lies in wait for her in the lair of the Oracle. There is a cost associated with every question asked– a cost that may be far greater than Darcy is willing to pay. And someone may choose to make the ultimate sacrifice to free her from it.
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 The Oracle with such details. I didn’t know what I was expecting from The Oracle when I started reading it, I didn’t even read the blurb to make the whole experience mysterious and I made the right choice.
Okay so events. At first it seemed like the group was just in Alithea to enjoy, train and educate themselves but Darcy and Tellus struck again. It seemed like both Tellus and Darcy felt the same thing – they don’t want to be wed which led to Tellus telling Darcy about a book that suggested the wrong interpretation of the prophecy. Darcy seeing it as an opening to not marrying, studied the book and activated the invocation with the oracle. Not a good idea! So a group was assembled by Rubidius for the journey.
Lady Darcy, Lady Darcy – you did it again. Great job! a friend lost for a fools errand. I really sympathize with Darcy on some point but most of the time she just came off as a self centered child. I know why she wanted to go on with the mission in spite the evidence of trouble but I can’t fully applause her for that. And at the end of the journey, Darcy loses one of my favorite character and for me, it wasn’t worth it. The Oracle makes me sad actually, the whole event for me was heart breaking and I can’t seem to get rid my irritation for Darcy. I do hope that in the third book, The White Thread, Darcy’s attitude would mature a little. She is really getting in my nerves.
Nothing much happened to the other guys in this installment and in spite the cliffhanger ending, I am looking forward to reading The White Thread. Take note that this installment does not lack the adventure and thrill that you seek in a fantasy novel. I definitely recommend The Gateway Chronicles series to everyone!
The Gateway Chronicles