Title: Oracle’s Moon
Author: Thea Harrison
Release Date: March 6th, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
When Grace Andreas’s sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children–neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace’s impudence towards the Elder Races.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Here we are at book four in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races novels and I am running out of ways to express how amazing her books truly are. I go into them looking for a great read and that is exactly what I get. The mythology is so well developed, but not overwhelming. The characters are well rounded and the plot is always interesting.
I will admit that it did take me a little longer to get into this one. I think it was because Khalil needed to grow on me. We see him briefly in the previous novel, Serpent’s Kiss (review here) but he appeared to be aloof and not have much of a personality. Part of that is because of what he is, a Djinn, but part of it is also because he has had many experiences that have scarred him and left him cold. His kind does not experience emotion like humans do and all of these attributes combined had me bristling against him at first. It took watching him interact with Grace’s niece and nephew and Grace herself a couple of times for me to truly warm to him.
Grace on the other hand I loved from the start. She has had so much sorrow in her life, but remains a fighter. She loves hard and fights for what she believes in. Watching her navigate through her new power and her new role as a mother was very intriguing. She was a great female protagonist and I only hope we get to see her appear again in future books.
As for the romance, it is a slow build, especially because Khalil needed to acclimate to being with a human and understanding how to act and interpret emotions. However, once it starts to heat up it is hot! Being a Djinn and able to dematerialize comes in real handy at some key points. 😉 While it was passionate, it was also very heartfelt. The moments when Khalil said something so precious or came to such a sweet realization I found myself tearing up. We really get to see his character develop through the course of this novel while he learns how to love. It was a beautiful thing to watch unfold and I relished those tender moments.
This novel was much like the previous when it came to the action. There was no real enemy for a large portion of the book, just Grace trying to understand her power as the Oracle and Khalil trying to protect her and the children. While normally action might be missed in a novel, I did not mind it at all. There were so many other avenues that Thea explored that made up for the lack of fight scenes and the back story of the Oracle and Khalil was enough to keep me completely satisfied.
While we do not get as much action, we do get quite a few shocking realizations in Oracle’s Moon, one in particular that involved Dragos. I am so excited the next book returns to the lives of Pia and Dragos, because Grace made an interesting prophecy about him that I am eager to see explored more. We also get to learn more about the witch community and some details about Grace and her situation that were heartbreaking. Thea kept some of the surprises until the end, keeping me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. She weaves the lives of the Elder Races and those that surround them together so beautifully. Previous characters come back into this book seamlessly and the plot flows very well.
Overall, this is another outstanding addition to this series. Thea is a master story teller and her books stand out in the paranormal romance genre. I cannot encourage you enough to go and pick up these books if you are a fan of paranormal romance. You can read them out of order, but I highly suggest you start at the beginning of the series. I am anxious to see what Thea will bring us in the future, but whatever it is I know I will read it and it will be truly awesome!
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for review.