Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.
Fifteen-year-old Clio should have never been the Oracle of Sheehan. That power is passed from mother to eldest daughter, and Clio is the youngest of four sisters. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio is left all alone and heir to a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio seeks refuge in a foreign city where oracles are absolutely forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop a great pyramid.
Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the growing feelings between them, Clio knows that if he finds out what she really is, he won’t hesitate to kill her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, longing only to be a normal girl and fall in love, but the visions she has of Mannix bringing a barbarian army into Sheehan torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.
About the Author:
Here are five quick things about me:
- I’m just starting out so I’m not “the best-selling author” of anything, but…
- I did once stand in line to meet Joss Whedon at a comic book signing when I was in middle school and got him to autograph a Buffy the Vampire Slayer poster for me.
- I was the flute section leader in my high school’s marching band.
- I recently graduated from Princeton University with a lot of people who are a lot smarter than I am.
- I’m love Jane Austen so much I’ve taken multiple classes on her books.
Interview with the Author
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Well, first I would say I realized I had a rather serious YA addiction. When I realized I wanted to write a novel, I knew it had to be YA. The specifics for Sacrificed were inspired by Cassandra from Greek mythology. I kept coming across her in a variety of different sources, and each time I was yearning for her to have more agency. Cassandra is a beautifully tragic figure, and I liked that, but I also wondered what it would be like if a young girl not only inherited prophetic powers but also could actually kick some butt in the process.
How much research did you have to do during the process of writing this book?
Sacrificed takes place in a fantastical world, so I was able to take some liberties with my world-building. That said, I drew inspiration from ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, which required a lot of research on Aztec and Mayan cultures.
When you aren’t writing, what books do you like to read?
Basically anything. I can’t function if I don’t get my hands on a book during the day. Obviously, there’s a ton of YA on my shelves, but I also love to read more “adult” things like A Game of Thrones and Cormac McCarthy novels.
If someone came up to you and asked for one tip on how to become a successful author, what would you say to them?
Being successful at writing involves more than just writing—it’s a business as well. Yes, you have to write everyday, but you also have to market your books. Nowadays, you can’t just be an author; you have to be an authorprenuer.
What’s the worst thing anyone has said about your writing?
“I loved the action. You write like a guy.” My dad said that. He meant it as a compliment.
Clio is the youngest of four and the daughter to the Oracle of Sheehan. When a female child of the oracle reaches 16 she then becomes a vessel for the Oracle to use to complete her work. However, to Clio it seems being a vessel also includes becoming cold and inhuman. When Ali, the second youngest, turns 16 Clio begs her mother not to take her sister from her, but unfortunately no one can stop the Oracle.
Loosing Ali, Clio feels starts to feel isolated and she runs to last person she trusts, her childhood friend and Prince of Sheehan, Derik. Meeting him outside the palace, she tells him about her mother and sisters treatment of her and falls asleep with him in a tree.
While asleep, she dreams her mother and two eldest sisters are murdered in their beds and the youngest, Ali, is kidnapped and taken away by men in red capes. Woken by the nightmare, she describes her strange dream to Derik before being interrupted by Mannix, the King’s adviser, searching for the Prince. Wary of Mannix, Derik keeps Clio’s presence a secret and climbs down to address Mannix when he is told his father, the King of Sheehan, has been murdered by the Oracle and her Vessels. Mannix continues saying he has had them killed and the youngest sent to be sacrificed in Morek. Derik makes plans to assume the throne, but learns before his father’s death the King directed Mannix to obtain the throne as Regent King until he feels Derik is fit to rule. This effectively leaves Mannix as the ruler of Sheehan until he decides otherwise.
Hearing all of this, Clio begins to question her family while grieving the loss of her friend’s loss. However, in order to save her sister, she must leave for Morek.
I know it sounds like I’ve given you the entire story, but I haven’t. I promise. This book is just that good!
“Scarafice: The Last Oracle” is very imaginative and intricately woven story. It includes aspects of mystery, magic, romance and fantasy. These elements are put together in an entertaining and magnificent whirl-wind, leaving me to crave more.
To start, the characters in this book grab me right away. Clio begging her mother to spare her sister and only friend, Ali, and losing her despite her effort was a very touching opening to this book.
What is more stunning is the care Emily Wibberley took with plot construction. The impressive amount of research done to bring details into the story and develop the main characters brought this fantastical story to life. As a person who reads new authors, I truly appreciate the thought and effort put into creating this wonderful book.
My only disappointment was Chapter 30 when Clio gets lost watching Riece fight off Manix’s guards. It was wonderful watching the powerful and confident Clio come into her own and embrace her new role as Oracle for the people of Sheehan and yet in this scene she is depicted as a love struck ogling teenager. It leaves me perplexed? What happened to the strong and fearless Clio I know?
The action and adventure in this book is excruciatingly good! I couldn’t look away from its pages and I was constantly finding myself saying “just one more chapter…” Needless to say nothing else was completed the week I took to finish this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a new YA fantasy.