Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Shelf: Forsworn (The Last Oracle #2) by Emily Wibberley

Clio can see the future, but what she doesn’t know about her past could destroy her.

It’s been a year since Clio made her sacrifice to the Deities and embraced her destiny as the Oracle to save her people.

The only family she has left is a brother who wants her dead.

The prince, her oldest friend, is a king with his own agenda.

And the man who once loved her, now hates her.

All she can do is try to forget about Riece, the enemy commander whose heart she broke to save his life, as she serves the Deities. Her days are filled with Visions and bloodshed in a never-ending war against the Untouched. To add to her problems, she must pose as King Derik’s mistress to conceal her forbidden powers from the Emperor’s spies.

When Riece unexpectedly returns to Sheehan with a new and beautiful ally, Clio knows she must put him out of her mind once and for all, but first, they are thrust together into battle against a mysterious Untouched warrior with otherworldly power. To reclaim her city, she must team up with the man she hurt, the man she still loves but can never be with, and finally confront the questions about her origin—questions with answers that Clio may not be prepared to face.

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Forsworn is the stunning sequel to Emily Wibberley’s captivating debut novel Sacrificed and is a sensational addition to The Last Oracle series; sweeping readers back into a powerful world of magic, deception and romance!

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reading Sacrificed and instantly found myself falling in love with Clio and her story. Emily Wibberley won me over with her tangible heroine, lush but devious world and thrilling storyline; something she does again with Forsworn! I absolutely adored Forsworn, easily as much as, if not more than the first book! 

Taking place a year after the events of the first novel, Forsworn once more unfolds through the eyes of Clio, a brave and powerful young woman who has become her people’s Oracle and who is tasked with witnessing visions of future events. After seeing her family murdered in Sacrificed, Clio has made hard choice after hard choice and has fought to build walls around herself; understanding that to become the fierce Oracle and warrior her people need, she must make sacrifices. Sacrifices that come back to haunt Clio when she man she loves, but had to lie to in order to protect, Riece, reappears in her life at the same time a new enemy appears with plans for Clio. Only by working together can Clio and Riece have any hope of stopping the evil forces that threaten both their cities and to do so it may mean going to war, in a fight they’re not guaranteed to win…..

My goodness, do I ever love this series! Sacrificed left me highly impressed and I found Forsworn to be another fast paced, powerful and highly entertaining story by Emily Wibberley. Wonderfully written, paced and detailed, Forsworn is filled with danger, deception and mystery. There’s powerful sexual tension between Clio and her love interest, thrilling and exceptionally written fight sequences and excellent dialogue throughout the story. I often didn’t know what would happen next and found myself eagerly turning the pages to see what was around the corner!

Set in a fictional land that is best compared to the empires of Ancient Egypt or Ancient Rome, Forsworn really manages to drag you into Clio’s story once more. Almost unrecognisable as the young girl we met in the first novel, Clio really has become a hardened warrior over the course of one year, something that surprised me greatly when I first began Forsworn. Don’t get me wrong—I love what Wibberley has done with her characterisation and where she is taking Clio, but it’s quite clear that Clio has been heavily affected by all that is expected of her. That being said, I loved seeing the true Clio reawaken over the course of Forsworn. Wibberley forces Clio to make some tough decisions, not all of them right, but definitely not all wrong, slowly molding our heroine even more. Personally I can’t wait to see how much stronger Clio becomes in the next book!

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the highlight for me in this series is Clio and Riece and the relationship they share. Call me a hopeless romantic, but there’s nothing better than a vibrant, powerful love story and that’s what we see between Clio and Riece. The wit, banter and attitude that swells between them is so entertaining and I live for the moments they’re together because the tension is just off the charts. So much of what Clio’s done has been to spare Riece, and even though she’s trying to move on there’s no denying her heart is still his. And his hers.

Though they fight, and deny their feelings for one another, seeing Emily Wibberley force Clio and Riece together through extinguishing circumstances makes the novel in my eyes. Oh, I love so many aspects of it—the dark magic, the danger, the power, the ancient feel--- but I can’t deny the thrill that comes from seeing them together, whether they’re at each other’s throats verbally and physically or lost to the passion that simmers between them—Riece and Clio are absolutely perfect together as far as I’m concerned!

The Last Oracle series is wonderfully depicted as far as I’m concerned. The storyline is driven and seems complex. Different elements seem to come together to create a plot arc that keeps me guessing in the most delightful of ways!

Fast paced, exciting and extremely satisfying, Forsworn will keep you captivated from beginning to end and is sure to leave you begging for more. With this chapter of Clio’s journey at a close, I can only hope author Emily Wibberley takes pity on us poor souls and writes super-fast so we can have the next book asap! 

Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Emily!)
Format: Kindle ARC
Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
My Recommendation: Fantasy fans will LOVE this series.
Cover: This cover is really fierce and I like it!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES! Give to me now!

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