Title: The Oracle’s Hatchling (The Oracle #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Mell Eight (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 5, 2014 – 67 pgs
Ling is hated because his birth killed his mother. He hopes that testing will ease his troubles—either his rank will be so low that everyone forgets about him, or it will be so high they’ll be forced to respect him. What he doesn’t expect is to walk out of the testing chamber with an egg emblazoned on his back. Laughed out of the Monastery, Ling hides himself in Altnoia, where he becomes embroiled in a plot to overthrow King Edan and the Oracle who supports him.
The ringleader behind the plot is Prince Damarion, son of the evil despot who forced King Edan to flee in the first place—but his motives are not anything that Ling could have anticipated. Neither could he anticipate a friendship, or what that friendship could become, and the choices it would force him to make.
I loved this installment of this series. This one had no rough start and dove straight into the action. Ling was a character I definitely grabbed onto and could relate to. The plot carries from beginning to end, and I love the twist about who Ling is. There was a lot going on, and it was great to see the characters from book 1 back even thought a good number of years had passed in the interim.
The descriptions of the castle and the characters really came through in this one and I was able to visualize everything. I rarely give out 5 stars, but this short definitely deserves it. Can’t wait to read book 3.
My only issue is that it could have used one more round of editing; it’s especially noticeable when characters names are spelled incorrectly.
When Mell Eight was in high school she wrote a short story for an English class. The assignment was for no more than five pages, yet she had turned in ten and the story wasn’t completed. Her teacher was impressed, but writing stories for fun was her main source of procrastination from homework; handing in an assignment that actually asked her to write fiction was too good to pass up. Since then Mell has continued writing, posting in many online communities for fanfiction and original fiction and eventually branching into slash fiction. She mostly writes paranormal or fantasy stories, but has been seen exploring the real world once or twice.
For more information on Mell’s stories and future writing plans, visit her website.