Mar 18, 2011

Review--Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams


Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around—and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards—and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams—suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationship with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen. . . .

Alayna Williams' Rogue Oracle was a great followup to Dark Oracle! I truly enjoy this series with the way Tarot is woven into the storyline and giving you a detailed glimpse at what its like. How certain cards can appear to be "bad" at first but you have to look at them in a different way to see that they mean something else! I did buy a deck out of curiosity but haven't gotten around to experimenting with it yet!

Some of the details about Dark Oracle are kind of fuzzy and lost on me, but I distantly remembered bits and pieces as I read further, and as the cover description explains, Tara is back in action trying to track down another serial killer using her Tarot cards. But her new deck, since her old one was lost, has been acting strangely. There's a strange connection between her and the cards, she has many dreams with the cards' faces/pictures and other people representing them and things occur. (Hard to put into words when typing, but she plays the role of one of the cards and other friends play other card roles)

While working with Harry, Tara will do everything she can to help him track down the serial killer, but the killer is still at large and taking down victims. And then there's still trouble afoot with the Delphi's Daughters that Tara gets mixed up in.

Overall it was a fairly good read. I enjoyed it, but at times my mind may have gotten a little sidetracked, but it was still a worthy read and I plan on continuing the series as it progresses. Overall rating 3.5/5 stars!

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