Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Oracles of Delphi Keep (mg review)

I'm a big fan of series books, whatever genre they may be a part of, because I'm one of those that doesn't like to let characters go once I've finished the book. I want to continue reading about their stories and in a stand alone novel, it's all over so quickly...and often sadly (for me). I've found children seem to enjoy getting involved in a series, excitement always building when the next one is coming out and that is truly a joy to see. This latest book I've picked up is the first in a new series, one that would make a nice choice for families to read aloud together.

Victoria Laurie is introducing us readers to a new series with the first book, The Oracles of Delphi Keep.Taking place at an orphanage on the rocky coast, filled with loving and kind women and men caring for children, the reader will be appreciative of the change of pace from dirty, dark, orphanages filled with mean employees.

Ian, a young boy at the orphanage, is placed in charge of a baby girl, brought one dark and stormy night under a cloud of fear and confusion. Fast forward a few years and Ian is still caring for Theodosia, the girl he considers his little sister, and when the children find a mysterious silver box in a cave, which sets off a prophecy spanning thousands of years, Will knows he's in a lot of trouble. Together, with some help of course, the children begin trying to solve the prophecy, stay alive, and protect their beloved orphanage in the process.

Lots of action, though I felt at times portions of the story were a bit long-winded making for a pretty chunky book. I thought the character development was done very nicely and the brother-sister relationship between Ian and Theo was very sweet. A nice choice for middle graders and a great introduction to a new series!

The Oracles of Delphi Keep
Victoria Laurie
560 pages
Young Adult
Delacorte
9780385735728
May 2009

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