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Ten years ago the angel Sammael appeared in a burst of light over the ocean, unleashing the godstorms and afflicting a minority of the population with elemental Warp sensitivities.
Now Piper Jones lives in squalor, bearing the mark of the Warped without any of the powers. A chance meeting brings her into contact with the enigmatic Malachai Beckett, a representative of the mysterious research facility known as the Ark. A liar by trade, he's fascinated by her generous spirit and sweet nature. As for Piper, she's attracted to him and everything he represents... but as for trusting him? That's a different matter.
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This is a long overdue review and I need to sincerely apologize to the author.
Now, let’s get down to business. First impression – you take “Neogenesis Evangelion”, mix it with “The Mortal Instruments” and cross it with “Alice in Wonderland” and you get the feeling of “Storm Oracle”. To be honest, I loved the premise! It has great potential and sooooooooooooo many cool points to explore. In addition, the author just electrifies you with the more… steamy scenes (wipes away nosebleed). The overall verdict – a good idea with the potential for greatness.
After praising it this much, you might wonder why have I given the work only 4 stars. I had 2 major beefs with it. I contacted the author a month ago with my concerns and was pleasantly surprized to see eagerness to improve the work. In the extended beef-section you can read my full complains stated at that time and compare them with the work’s current status.
- It was at times very confusing. The author has since tried to amend this by providing a Prologue. In that regard, I believe that it is a MUST read to understand the nuances of the story. Bellow I have listed all my complains that I’ve shared with the author before this review, for those of you who want to dig deeper into the reason WHY I’m a bit dissatisfied.
- Some protagonists were acting illogically or were outright waste of paper and cool concept (I’m looking at you, Sajan!). Indeed, one might say that I’m too nit-picky by attacking the side characters, but our dear Piper had me furrow my brow a couple of times too many. For the ones that like to read the long rant version, klick below.
To emphasize again, the work is entertaining. And the author has shown willingness to improve. Still, adding the so much needed prologue does not make up for the fact that it would have been better for this information to be integrated in the main text. I understand that it is a lot of work. Yet, I also had to judge the overall quality of “Storm Oracle”. Therefore, I stay behind my 4 stars.
My suggestion to you, potential readers – go through the story and judge its merits from your own experience.
I wish the author the best of luck.
Storm Oracle is a treat, and a thoroughly tasty one at that. It's impossible not to sympathize with Piper as she tries to find her place in a world twisted by godstorms, dangerous breaks in the fabric of reality. When the handsome Malachai helps her find shelter after her own good intentions leave her stranded, she takes his outstretched hand and his job offer despite the devil she sees under the charming smile. Her world will never be the same again, and even if Piper might regret it, the reader certainly won't.
Where do I even begin? The story is compelling, letting us discover the Ark and its Angels in tandem with Piper, and the colourful cast of characters that run it. Each is marvelously drawn, from Piper's eagerness to carve a place for herself despite the dangers of her new home, to Malachai's self-deceptions as what he suddenly wants clashes with what he always thought he knew about himself, to the Red Queen's cold efficiencies. Even the minor characters are memorable, from the antagonistic Sammael that still haunts Piper years after she watched him tear a hole in the world, to Dantalion's black fire and taciturn care, to the insecurity-riddled warmth of the Ark Administrator, Anahel. You really do get the feeling that these people have been through hell together, long before Piper showed up, and it subtly colors all their interactions.
If you haven't tried Storm Oracle yet, I'd recommend giving it a try now. It's full of what so much fantasy lacks these days - imagination. And all wrapped in a very readable story and likable characters.
Storm Oracle is a roller-coaster ride through a world of virtualized angels and storm-harrowed humanity. Even the main character, Piper, finds the circumstances of her new job interview somewhat suspicious; as a reader, I was even more so; but frankly, neither of us had any idea. Like the works of Rachel Caine, which is probably Storm Oracle's closest print comparison, there's a hurricane of stuff here happening, built around a very human core. Features ample mysteries to explore; hopefully understated Alice in Wonderland references; what looks to be an interesting magitech system (not LitRPG); and various possessive angels/romantic interests of the teasing, self-centered, and work-focused varieties. (Hopefully the giant eye in the center of the storm is not a romantic interest, but if you swing that way I guess you can hope!)
Style: 5. Storm Oracle moves fast and never loses you. There's a solid balance of plot progression and small character moments.
Story: 4. It could probably be higher, but there isn't that much of it posted yet and it's hard to award 5 stars to what's just the beginning. Like, right now, it seems like some of the chapter 1-2 stuff is unnecessary, but maybe it'll come back into focus on chapter 60 or whatever and critique like that will be wrong?
Grammar: 5, perfect as far as I can tell.
Characters: 4.5, the core characters are strongly realized. The main romantic interest in particular, Malachai, is extremely memorable, but Piper and Ashmedai and Rain are all growing on me. Maybe even the giant eye in the storm.*
This story felt as if I've pulled it off the shelf from the YA section in the bookstore. That is the level of quality and air this work of literature carries. Right down to the description of sensual scenes we often seen from YA. But that doesn't mean this isn't original. Not at all. You can feel the passion the author put into her work. Creating a compelling enough world to make you yearn to learn more that it can carry you through the romantic elements of that's not your forte. Overall the story is a fun and worthwhile read!