Author: Emily Wibberley Avid Reader Time: 2.04 hours
Publisher: Paranoid Productions
Publish Date: Feburary 13, 2015
Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.
Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.
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I think this is an interesting read. This is a debut novel of Webberley. I was sure how this book was going to turn out. The beginning was slow. It lacked something, I am not sure what but it just felt as if something was missing. But after a major event, the book started picking up. It’s filled with murder, mayhem and court intrigue. Slowly, but surely I fell in love with the premise and the characters. According to the Author, It is loosely based off of Cassandra of Troy except she wanted to give Clio more empowerment.
The writing was easy to read and flowed from one scene to the next. This book is not predictable. I had no idea what was going to happen. Every step Clio makes is destined; but at the same time she uses her will to make it turn out how she wants. Sacrificed is packed with action, adventure, assassination plots and romance. The romance does not overshadow the plot, but seems to enhance it. It makes the characters more real. The only thing that drove me nuts in the book was the unnecessary love triangle. Although it seemed that Clio did not love Derick that way, Derick certainly loved her. I think that he could have a play a role without being a rejected side love interest.
Clio starts out as rebellious teen and grows into a sacrificial heroine. She seemed to jump into situations without thinking. Her sight shows her the consequence, but she doesn’t seem to pay attention to them. The only time I see her pay attention to what her actions might cause is in the middle of the book. But Clio is a favorite character along with Riece.
The ending broke my heart. It seems like there will not be a happy ending for Clio. The love between Riece and Clio is passionate and a force to be reckoned with. Clio has lost so much and have gone through so much. I am holding on to the hope that she will get a happy ending. But the last few pages of Sacrifice does not help my faith.
I liked this book and thought it was captivating read. I can’t wait to read the second book, Forsworn. Overall, I liked this book and can’t wait to complete the series. I give this book 4 stars out of 5. This book is a great read, but the love triangle lost a few points. I’m just not a fan of love triangles unless it is really needed. Or if it going to be poly book.