{Review+Excerpt} Damian’s Oracle by Lizzy Ford

January 3, 2012 Blog Tours, excerpt, Reviews 2

Pages: 129
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Source: Blog Tour
Series: The War of Gods #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

Inspired by Slavic mythology, Damian’s Oracle is the entree into the ongoing battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity. The White God, Damian, and his Guardians protect the world from the Black God and his monsters while rescuing Naturals – humans with extraordinary paranormal gifts – from the Black God, who would kill or convert them.

Caught in the middle is cool-headed Sofia, a Natural whose gift will tip the scales in the war. Sofia begins her transformation from human into oracle, the first in thousands of years. Damian rescues her from the Black God in time to complete a ceremony that will bind her to him for eternity. Sofia struggles with her new world and her role as an oracle and Damian’s mate while haunted by a mysterious man from Damian’s past who’s supposed to be dead. Unbeknownst to her, her link to the dead man may be all that saves Damian, his Guardians, and the fate of humanity.

While he wants nothing more than for the petite beauty to take her place at his side like the oracles of legend did his White God forefathers, Damian can’t quite rationalize having to win her over instead of command her. Further complicating his life is the sobering realization that there are spies in his organization who are helping the Black God take out his Guardians. Damian must help Sofia reach her potential fast, especially when a threat from his past returns.

This book took a while for me to get into, but I ended up enjoying it. It was really hard to understand at first and I almost gave up on it, but I really liked the underlying storyline so I kept on reading. I’m really glad that I did because I want to know what is going to happen in book two. There are a lot of characters and a lot is going on right off the bat so it takes a while to figure out what is going on. 

But once you get to the meat of the story it really gets good. I liked the idea behind the story and I find the concept of an oracle fascinating. I grew attached to the characters and I wanted to see what was going to happen with them. I will certainly be reading book 2. I just hope that because the stage has been set, that the series won’t be so confusing anymore. 

Damian is really interesting. I don’t think we know nearly half of what it is that makes up the man that is Damian. I can’t wait to find out what other secrets he has in store for us. Also Darian and Jule and Dustin. The whole gang has so much history, and I can’t wait to learn all about it. One thing that annoyed me was that all the characters were meant to be hundreds of thousands of years old. That is seriously old! And they are all talking like they are 15. They use slang and so much modern language that it didn’t really seem to mesh with their ancient beings. I would have like to see a little more sophistication with their language. 

Sofia is really intriguing. She is so inherently good, that I wanted so many great things to come her way. And even though she faced more than a few struggles, she never gave up. I can’t wait to see what is next for her and her powers and her blood bond with Damian. Speaking of the blood bond, I would not mind learning some more about it in the next book. We got a glimpse of it’s history but I want to know more about why their bond is so different than the other’s who have been bonded. Why can’t she eat? I can’t wait to see. 

Overall, this book got off to a shaky start for me but about 40% into the book it really picked up. The story got into full swing and I started becoming more and more interested in the book. I ended up really enjoying it and I can’t wait to see where the next book is going to take us. I have a feeling the Grey God is going to be really interesting!! 

3/5 Gavels

And now I have an excerpt from Damian’s Oracle for you to check out. Enjoy. Let me know what you think in the reviews. 

Sofia froze as the scene straight out of her vision—the little boy, Cody, spread-eagled in the street near the storm drain—materialized before her. They boy’s mother was hysterical, screaming at once at the driver and her dead son. Coldness seeped through Sofia as she watched the familiar scene before her. In the distance, she heard her cell phone ring. It ceased and began to ring again. As if in a dream, she pulled it free and answered.“Ms. Fast?” The deep baritone voice pierced her thoughts. “This is Damian Bylun. You left a message with my receptionist?”Her world was beginning to spin as she realized her vision had come true. Her legs felt weak, and she sat heavily on the curb, struggling to control her breathing so she didn’t pass out.God, what’s wrong with me? I saw him die …“Pardon?”Realizing she clenched the phone in her hand, she locked the screen and sat staring at the asphalt. Someone touched her, and visions flared across her mind. A pretty brunette, mugged in a back alley, raped and killed.
“Hey, are you all right?” someone else asked. As the man took her arm to help her stand, his haggard face appeared in yet another vision. An older man with dementia left to rot and finally die in an old folks’ home.
“Get away from me!” she cried, tearing her arm away. She fled, staggering as she bumped into more people and more visions flashed. She ran until the cold air burned her lungs and the people were far behind her. She retreated to her apartment, breathing raggedly, with cold tears stiffening her cheeks.She closed and locked the door behind her. She froze when she saw the disaster that was her apartment. Everything was overturned or shredded, from the furniture to the bookshelves to the TV lying on its face. The windows were open and the apartment cold.Her headache was now a migraine, and she shielded her eyes against the light from the street that filtered past her honeycomb blinds. She all but staggered into her bathroom. She wrenched open the medicine cabinet for the most powerful of the drugs Dr. Mallard prescribed for her and slammed the cabinet shut.Her eyes were fully silver, swirling and glowing in the dark bathroom. Whatever she was, she wasn’t a normal human.What is wrong with me?” she screamed, slamming her fists against the mirror.Her blood spattered on the wall, and buzzing filled her ears. She sank to the floor. Her phone began to ring again as she slid into a dead faint.

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2 Responses to “{Review+Excerpt} Damian’s Oracle by Lizzy Ford”

  1. Lizzy Ford

    Thank you, Michelle! 🙂 I know you’re probably overwhelmed with review requests, so I feel ecstatic you took the time to read and review Damian’s Oracle!

    Take care!
    Lizzy 🙂

  2. Charisse Ann

    Love the book! I happen to read it in one night and I was entranced! Sophie and Damian’s character mesh well together that I was able to root for the both of them till the end. I can’t wait to read the second book. 🙂

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