Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Oracle’s Flame
Author: Mell Eight
Series: The Oracle #1
Heroes: Dragon, Shev & Shov
Genre: M/M/M Fantasy
Length: 18,700 words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Available at: Less Than Three Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: The Kingdom of Altnoia is on the cusp of civil war. The king and heir have been murdered, the throne taken by their uncle, and the kingdom’s only hope lies with Prince Edan who has been missing for the past year. The Oracle appoints her new Dragon of Fire one task: Find Prince Edan and keep him alive.
It should have been a simple task, but Dragon did not anticipate that Prince Edan would hide away on a pirate ship, forcing Dragon not only to endure pirates, but sea-sickness and his fear of water. And nothing, not even the Oracle, could have prepared him for the twins and the complicated feelings they spark.
I’m going to be completely honest, I didn’t really want to read this book. When I was browsing Less Than Three Press’ Coming Soon page, I came across The Oracle’s Hatchling and wanted to read it ASAP. Unfortunately, it was book two in The Oracle series and when I saw that book one, The Oracle’s Flame, was ménage I almost, almost said forget it… but the second book was just so tempting so I took the plunge and I read this one.
It’s based around how the Oracle saw the world consumed with greed that turns into disease. The world was sick and it was all caused by a corrupt false king. That’s where Dragon comes in. A newly made Dragon of Fire, he has one of the highest positions in the Monastery and the Oracle sends him on a mission to protect the prince before the false king kills him. Just days into his mission, however, he’s brought onto a pirate ship where he meets the twins Shev & Shov, where more than just attraction develops between them. What’s Dragon supposed to do when he finds himself falling for both twins especially since neither of them know why he’s really on the ship?
Now, I’ll freely admit that I actually enjoyed this one. I absolutely adored the world and loved the idea around the Oracle and her efforts to not only save the world but to make her people happy. It’s a sweet tale about finding that missing part of yourself. We see that in the way Shev and Shov take to Dragon so quickly and their desire to make him part of their little love nest.
I really liked that this story revolved around finding the missing Prince. It’s obvious who the prince is but it’s still fun to see Dragon war with himself over his wish to have Shev and Shov but to also do his duty and protect a prince he still hasn’t officially met. Where Shev is the mischievous and adventurous twin, Shov is more for comfortable in the kitchen. Dragon is like that connection between the two twins because he’s able to be adventurous with Shev but also laid-back with Shov.
As I said, it’s a sweet tale about finding that person that completes you and taking that final step to embrace it. While I enjoyed it, I did have some issues. Mainly, I felt like the story was too short. I didn’t really feel a connection between the three characters and I didn’t feel like I understood the world that Dragon came from. Also, I was a little sad that we didn’t get to see the missing prince take back the throne from the false king. However, even with that, there’s something about this author’s writing I really enjoyed that made me want to keep reading.
In the end, I still liked the story. It was a short, sweet read that passed the time for a little bit. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and seeing where she goes with this series. A word of caution, though, this story contains some incest (although briefly) but readers should be aware that Shev and Shov are twins and they’re also lovers who want to make Dragon their third.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*