|*Synopsis from Goodreads, Cover from publisher|
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.
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The Oracle; Carrie, owns a diner in Philadelphia. She disguises her oracle abilities by keeping a psychic around her diner. Carrie is also immortal and soulless! Her soul was sold in a deal made by someone else many years ago, the deal was her soul in exchange for immortality. Over the years Carrie has forged friendships with an Angel; Gabriel and a demon; Bedlam.
She’s in the diner one day when Sebastian walks in and says he’s looking for the oracle. After listening to Sebastian’s deal; his soul for his sister’s life, Carrie decides to try and help him. To find the demon that holds Sebastian’s contract involves some dangerous trips into Hell.
I enjoyed reading The Oracle of Philadelphia. Due to the amount information being given surrounding the character relationships and the world building I found the start to be a little slow, but the pace does pick up and when it does the slightly slower start was soon forgotten as I was sucked deeper into the world with Carrie!
Elizabeth Corrigan uses flashbacks to show the background information surrounding Carrie and how it ties in to the current situation. There is a fair amount of jumping back and forth between Carrie’s past and present, but Elizabeth has done this well so it limits the confusion.
The characters are all well thought out. I like Carrie and did enjoy reading about her life. I found Bedlam to be amusing, his personality brings a spot of humour to the story and for that alone he is my favourite at the minute.
Overall The Oracle of Philadelphia is well written and crafted. The story is different and interesting. I’m looking forward to giving book two a read!!
If you enjoy fantasy books complete with Angels and Demons I recommend giving this a blast.
Elizabeth Corrigan has degrees in English and psychology and has spent several years working as a data analyst in various branches of the healthcare industry. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Elizabeth enjoys singing, reading teen vampire novels, and making Sims of her characters.
She drinks more Diet Coke than is probably optimal for the human body and is pathologically afraid of bees. She lives in Maryland with two cats and a purple Smart Car.
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