The Oracle's Queen

The Oracle's Queen

by Lynn Flewelling
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The Oracle's Queen by Lynn Flewelling

Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer’s prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated.

Now a mystical fire has burned away the male body known as Prince Tobin, revealing Princess Tamír, a girl on the verge of womanhood–and a queen ready to claim her birthright after a life in disguise under the protection of wizards and witches. But will her people, her army–and the friends she was forced to deceive–accept her? Worse, will the crown’s rival heir, friend to Tobin, turn foe to Tamír, igniting civil war in a fierce battle for Skala?

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ISBN-13: 9780553583458
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Series: Tamir Triad Series
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 289,462
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.79(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Lynn Flewelling was born in Presque Isle, Maine, which—contrary to common assumption—is not an island. She received her undergraduate from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she majored in English, minored in History, and received a teaching certificate she had no intention of ever using. Since then, she has studied literature, veterinary medicine, ancient Greek among other things, and worked as a necropsy technician, a house painter, an office worker, a freelance editor, a freelance journalist (www.sff.net/people/Lynn.Flewelling/OtherWritings.html), and yes, even as a teacher now and then, an instructor of workshops—on creativity and fiction writing.

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Oracle's Queen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I pick up these three books a couple of days ago and read them all. I fell in love. The books have darkness and confusion, as well as tenderness and love. The author doesn't hold anything back and it makes these books amazing. All the characters are real with their own strength and weaknesses. And personally, I loved Brother. That's all, read them and love them!
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A must read!
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After the long wait, Oracle's Queen is a great summer read, but a lackluster finale to the Bonedoll's Twin and Hidden Warrior. The book drags in places, and the first two hundred pages provide exposition that would have made sense in the first two books but drags the third novel down. The book also gets bogged down with yet more new characters, and as chapters shift between different companions, the narrative fails to match the previous books in tone, effect, or pacing. Additionaly, the romance is stilted and moves too slowly and then too quickly, and the ending is not Flewelling's best. It leaves the reader at a loss because it fails to justify the darkness of the novels. Where Flewelling had created a facinating character in Tobin/Tamir, in this book, Tamir becomes more 'girly' as the novel continues and at times undermines her martial upbrining with entirely emotional decisions. The book is worth reading if you have read the other two, and it is nice to see what happens to the key characters, but if you haven't read the other two novels, do not bother with this one. As this trilogy closes, it is clear that Flewelling should return to the court intrigue of Luck in the Shadows and Stalking Darkness. Oracle's Queen is a pleasant read, but not a page turner.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The prophecy says that Skala, once ruled by queens, will be ruled again by queens. Taking it seriously and fearing that this means his overthrow and probable death if unchecked King Erius takes drastic action to insure his downfall never comes. He has almost all of his female kin assassinated.------------ Knowing that any female newborn relative will die, Skala wizards physically conceal the birth of Erius¿ niece with a gender changing spell turning her into Prince Tobin while doing nothing for her twin brother who dies. However when ¿he¿ turns fifteen, Prince Tobin¿s inner essence awakens breaking the gender spell and he becomes the she that is her nature. Princess Tamir comes at a time her people desperately need a true Queen to rule, but she has psychological problems being uncomfortable in her new female identity yet realizing why she felt out of place as a male. Tamir also does not trust the wizards who changed her at birth and her demonic twin brother realizes he was ¿sacrificed by the wizards so has an ax to grind against them and his sister. At the same time Erius's son Korin claims the throne declaring his cousin a traitor.----------------- This is a terrific ending to a great fantasy trilogy that can stand alone, but is enhanced by reading the previous two novels first as they provide much of the background (see HIDDEN WARRIOR and THE BONE DOLL'S TWIN). The story line is action-packed as the three rival relatives soon encounter one another with much at stake. This trio seems genuine and Tamir¿s identity problems, Korin¿s doubts with the Oracle and the fanatic Illior demanding a warrior queen on the throne, as well as the demon twin¿s rage make for a fabulous fantasy finale.------------ Harriet Klausner