Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.
Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.
Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.
In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.
Series: Oracle of Philadelphia (1), Raising Chaos (2)
Review: Carrie is several millennia old, drifting along from place to place dispensing her advice until it is time to move along. Currently she lives and works in Philadelphia, eking out a meager and boring existence. Her best friend is a demon, Bedlam, who loves to have fun and cause trouble. When Sebastian comes through the door of her diner, Carrie sees someone with a pure heart and a pure soul. But Sebastian has made a deal with a demon for his soul in exchange for his sister’s life. Carrie is determined to change his fate and save his soul, but at what cost to herself?
ORACLE OF PHILADELPHIA is a very enjoyable story with a couple of stand-out characters. The world-building is mainly in the mental/astral planes, but it is rich and detailed as Carrie moves through the different demonic realms. My favorite character was definitely Bedlam; he’s like a 2 year old with powers. I also liked the glimpses of Carrie’s “past lives” through her Dantean journey. The pieces of Carrie’s past we do see are seamlessly integrated and don’t take away from the flow of the story. I would have enjoyed more of her backstory, though. ORACLE OF PHILADELPHIA is a captivating novel with a wonderfully unique concept. I do hope we see more of Carrie and Bedlam soon!