Athena's Oracle is a prequel to the novels Dark Heirloom and Dark Liaison, also by J.D. Brown. Set in 4th century B.C.E., Athena's Oracle chronicles the romance between Leena and Jalmari during the very early trials of their immortal lives.
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Athena's Oracle takes the Ema Marx series back to the very beginning and reveals exactly how it all began. It's a very well written story set mostly in ancient Greece and it's heavy on romance and fairly light on vampires. Still reeling from the recent "death" of both his parents, Jalmari has fled his Finnish homeland looking for an exorcist able to rid him of his "dark passenger". His search leads him to Leena, a beautiful novice in Athena's temple and her father, an alchemist whose spell book may just hold the answer to his quest. In Athena's Oracle we find the answers to questions regarding Jalmari's relationship with his family and how Leena came to be a part of that family. We catch a glimpse of privileged life in ancient Greece and watch the growth of the relationship between two beings as different as the moon and sun who will come to have far more in common than either can imagine when they first meet. I enjoyed Athena's Oracle, both as it's own story and for it's insight into the Dark saga.
I don't even know if I can put into words how much I love this book and series. The amount of detail put into J.D.'s characters and their history is amazing and Athena's Oracle sinks it's teeth into you from the very beginning. In this prequel we step back in time to ancient Greece to see the origins of how Prince Jalmari and his Leena first meet and what they go through to be together. Unfortunately for them in the world of Vampyres nothing comes easily. Having already read the other two books in this series so far; for me Jalmari and Leena's story was both beautiful and painful to read because I know what the future has in store for them. J.D. has managed to make me feel strongly for a character that always rubbed me the wrong way with his attitude and actions and leaves me hoping he has it in him to change his future. The characters and settings are so crisp and vivid it's almost like watching it play out on a movie screen, and even though it's a prequel it's so well written I think it could easily be read first if you have never read any of the other books in the series though it will leave you scrambling to find out what happens next. In my opinion this amazing book is beautifully done and is highly recommended!
I was so excited when J.D announced that she was going to write Jalmari and Leena's story. She started the book out as a web only book. We got one chapter a month. Which kind a drove me insane cause I will admit to no one but I was invested in all the characters in the DARK HEIRLOOM series. Yeah I know you are all shaking your heads but fur us avid book junkies being invested is a good thing. So I knew that I wanted to get to know Jalmari more cause he intrigued me to no end. He was so evil but deep down inside you knew he had to care for someone. That one person was Leena the little oracle was doomed to be be shuffled off between the clergy and was doomed to stay a virgin until she died. Well Leena being Leena took matters into her own hands and used a spell to call her own personal hero. Not know that he was going to be a vampyre. They are so different but so similar . They are a very unlikely couple but they work so well together. Jalmari is so intense and Leena makes him think of some other then himself and his crazy ass father that is taking up space n his head. I loved this book J.D takes to a place where you want to hate but you fall in love all of her characters. Even when they are evil you still want to help redeem them. Dang her she made me like Jalmari. Trust me if you read the other books you will not really like Jalmari. Trust me I really wanted to stake him a few times. This book shows us the softer sweeter side of the characters. The more innocent times . They act like any other young couple finding their way to each other. There is a love story among the wanting of the spell to help him out. J.D will transport you back to Ancient Greece in this book, You can feel the atmosphere and the sounds of Greece as you read. The tale is bittersweet and even though I read the other books and knew what was in the future for this couple. I devoured every single page of this book. J,D writes with such intensity, you feel the characters and the agony and the elation that they have. I would suggest you read this book first and dive into Dark Heirloom so you can understand a little more about what makes Jalmari tick in book. I SUGGEST THAT YOU READ THIS BOOK CAUSE I PROMISE YOU , YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED AT ALL
Athena's Oracle is a prequel to the Ema Marx series. J. D. Brown does it again, pulling the reader into the world of vampyres and the origins of Jalmari and Leena's relationship. Throughout the series, Jalmari and Leena's story loomed in the background. Hints of how they met, hints about how long they'd been together. It made me curious and I was ready to see the story played out. I'm so glad that this installment in the series was created, because I must admit, I really didn't like Leena, and I wasn't too thrilled about Jalmari, but I knew there had to be something there for them to stay together for so very long. This story pulled everything together. It changed my attitude toward's Leena (well, I'd sort of started to like her earlier) but this story showed her virtues. It changed my attitude about Jalmari, too. From the moment his mother was taken, my compassion for him grew, and it grew through his trials with his father and the other vampyres. I really enjoyed this book, and I'm so glad that J. D. Brown opened my eyes to Leena and Jalmari's back story.