|Oracles Fire is the third and
final instalment in Mary Victorias opening opus "Chronicles of the Tree"
(yes, she is working on new projects). Unlike either of the preceding volumes, Tymons
Flight and Samihas Song, this is not a
standalone novel knowledge of what went before is essential to get the most out of
this book. This need to know what went before also means that Oracles
Fire is difficult to review in isolation to the rest of the series.
reader Oracles Fire is a natural extension of Samihas
Song, there is no perceptible pause in the narrative flow between these two
books. Samiha has been cast into the storm below canopy, Tymon has passed Samihas
testament to the Jays but been captured by the Argosian guards, and Jedda has broken with
the Envoy and Wick and is now friendless and wandering the central canopy alone in
mid-winter. The future looks even bleaker than it is now for the eastern canopy.
While on one hand Oracles Fire completes the story of
Tymon, Samiha and Jedda on the other hand the book is also about what happens when one
gets to a journeys end, because for each of these characters they complete their
journeys and still must make decisions about their futures: the journey didnt solve
all that was wrong with their personal world. The reader also gets to find out the
conclusion to the struggle between the masters and the oracle, and how life fares for
other characters but the principal focus (as it should be) is on the three leads and their
struggles with their adversaries and struggles there are aplenty.
I found Oracles Fire a very fitting and satisfying
conclusion to the story begun in Tymons Flight and not an
ending I would have predicted at the outset of the saga. This is a series I have, and
shall continue to, recommended to readers looking for something beyond the standard sword
and sandal epic as the reward is in the reading. As a meal this series is lamb tagine and
couscous, not hamburger and chips. Mint tea anyone?