The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher
Book One of The Oracle Prophecies

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In the distant land of deserts and islands, the servants of the god rule the land, his wishes conveyed through the Oracle and interpreted by the High Priestess. Mirany is the new Bearer, afraid of her perilous duties for the god in the rituals of the Oracle, and fearful of her secret questioning ... Does the god truly exist?



The priestess is corrupt and in secret partnership with the General, ruler, since the God-on-Earth, the Archon, has no real power - chosen as a child, his face always masked, never seen by outsiders. Should any national tragedy occur, he is also the sacrifice. When the old Archon dies, his spirit migrates into a child, and there are several candidates for succession. But Mirany begins to experience the real visions of the god, discovers which child is the rightful heir, and that the General and High Priestess intend to choose another child and seize power. With only a tomb-robbing scribe and a mad musician for allies, Mirany begins her quest - knowing that, if she is betrayed, her fate will be to be walled up alive in the Archon's tomb ...

 

About Catherine Fisher

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CATHERINE FISHER is an award-winning fantasy writer. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H.Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of 16 books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales.
 
Published March 16, 2004 by Greenwillow Books. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Set in an ancient culture, The Oracle Betrayed, which PW called in a starred review, ""a sprawling, atmospheric adventure,"" introduced Mirany, who became priestess of the Oracle in a land filled with corruption.

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"Between what I speak and what people hear yawns a vast divide," says the voice of the god to Mirany, a trusted servant, in Welsh author Fisher's sprawling, atmospheric adventure.

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In a starred review, PW called this launch title in the Oracle Prophecies series, set in an ancient culture that blends elements of Greece and Egypt, "a sprawling, atmospheric adventure."

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When the prince of another country comes to ask the god to let his country mine in the mountains and is declined the rest of the nine tell him about their findings.

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