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*****The Sphere of Secrets

The Oracle Prophecies, Book Two

by Catherine Fisher

Reviewed August 2, 2005.
Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins), New York, 2005.  First published in Great Britain in 2005.  370 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J MCN F FIS).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#4, Young Adult Fantasy Fiction)

I was unexpectedly stuck at the airport all afternoon when my son missed a flight, and I didn’t even mind because I had this book to read.  Catherine Fisher carries off a magnificent follow-up to The Oracle Betrayed.  I can’t wait for the next book.

Mirany is still Bearer-of-the-God and has succeeded in getting Alexos installed as Archon, as he should be, since he is the god reborn.  Mirany still hears the voice of the god talking to her.

However, the Speaker of the God is still the treacherous Hermia, in league with the ruthless general who is ruling the country and wants Mirany and all of her friends dead.

When messengers come from the Empire wanting access across the desert to ancient silver mines, a train of events is sent in motion.  Alexos says he needs to go to the Well of Songs and bring his people water.  He goes off with Seth and Oblek and the Jackal, leaving Mirany alone to deal with treachery and even war.

This book is full of suspense.  It’s good to watch Mirany continue to grow as a person, brave enough to do what’s right even when she must stand alone.  This is a magnificent series.

Reviews of other books by Catherine Fisher:
Book One of The Oracle Prophecies:  The Oracle Betrayed

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