(3 stars out of 5 )
“Rogue Oracle” is the second book of a series by Alayna Williams that centers around an unconventional criminal profiler Tara Sheridan. Tara, a former member of the Delphi’s Daughters, uses Tarot cards to help her solve cases. An ex-lover, Harry Li, enters her life and the pair take on a new dangerous assignment that leads them to the Chernobyl disaster.
I enjoyed much of the story, but I am sure that I would have gotten more out of it had I read the first book. The pace of the book sputtered at times and I caught myself daydreaming. That’s never a good sign for a book; however, the bulk of the writing was very good.
The Tarot card interpretations seemed very well researched. I don’t expect the occult knowledge of a Dion Fortune, but I do expect some occult research by the author. In this case, Williams shows that she has some expertise with Tarot.
I didn’t like Tara’s reaction to the news that she was being treated for radiation sickness. “How long have I been asleep?” Hello! Radiation sickness!
Having said that, I enjoyed much of the book. It is well researched and I would give it a solid 3 Tarot cards out of 5.
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