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The Oracle Glass

Von: Judith Merkle Riley
Gesprochen von: Linda Bruno
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    Inhaltsangabe

    For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You'll believe her, because you know she's more than 150 years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: None of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After all, it's her own future she must control, no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance.

    "Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a dash of poison, and you have Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling tale of an ambitious young woman who disguises herself as an ancient prophetess in order to gain entry into the dangerous, scheming glamour of the Sun King's court. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a classic of the genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read." (C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici)

    ©2012 Judith Merkle Riley (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

    Kritikerstimmen

    "Absorbing and arresting." ( The New York Times)
    "Fascinating and factual." ( Los Angeles Times)
    "Chilly, witty, and completely engrossing ... great, good fun." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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    Solid historical novel, weak reader

    This is a fascinating book, rather a historical romantic drama that a fantasy story. The "magic" part is so subtly woven into the narrative, that it's almost unimportant. The characters, the colorful setting, the intrigue and drama are much more the focus of this book - and that's good, because there's where the story shines.

    Unfortunately, the reader does not do justice to the beauty of the writing. She mispronounces French names, hardly gives any distinctive voices to the characters, rarely changes the pace or creates dramatic emphasis on scenes. Sometimes, this is involuntarily funny, but if you're interested in the story, you can get used to it and it's even rather droll after a while. But it could have been so much better.
    My recommendation: Buy the book, read it yourself, let the characters come alive in your head.

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