“Screw pretty. I’d rather be strong. Pretty fades over time. Strength gets you through the bad shit.”
At 23, Grace, the new Oracle (of Delphi), has known so much lose. She lost her sister, Petra and brother-in-law in a car crash. She was also in the car and suffered extensive damage to her knee that is painful on a daily basis. She also became the guardian to her young grieving niece and nephew. As if that wasn’t enough, the Power of the Oracle transferred from Petra to Grace. The Power passes from woman to woman down through Grace’s family. She has to deal with all of this at once and doesn’t really know how to control this new “gift.”
She’s having a really hard time adjusting to everything. To say she’s frazzled and overwhelmed is understatement. She’s also the last of her family, so no one else to rely on. She doesn’t need a Dijin (read Genie) that is haughty and repeatedly pokes his nose into her life and judges her for her attempts provide for her family. The kids love him, but Grace isn’t too happy about a haughty Djinn stranger hanging around uninvited. But you try telling a Djinn to leave, like they listen to anyone.
My Opinion about ‘Orcale’s Moon’
I enjoyed this story. I liked his interactions with the children and watching Khalil change his opinion of Grace over time. He falls for her as he is falling for the kids as well. Their date is a great surprise. I loved watching these to characters grow and accept and thrive because of each other. Khalil is a strong being, but softens around the children and Grace and it was easy to fall into their story. There’s not a lot in the way of angst, or suspense in this one, but the strong romance and an especially strong heroine and hero really made this story for me. I love this world that Thea Harrison has created and each book has a very different, distinct tone which brings the individual characters to life all that much more.