Book Review: The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas I came across The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas while browsing Shelfari for historical fiction, and I thought it would be a nice change from my usual choices.

The story takes place in the late 1800s, when the Ottoman Empire was still in existence, and we learn of a prophesy about someone who will have great impact. The main character Eleonora, a young girl from Romania, seems like she might be that someone, especially as she stows away on a ship carrying her father to Stamboul to do business.

I don’t want to reveal further events in the book, as they might spoil it for other readers, but it did keep my interest for a bit. However, toward the end of the book, it just sort of fell away, and I was left thinking “that’s it?!” at the very end of the book. It was like the story kept building and building, and then it didn’t go anywhere interesting. It left me wondering if the writer just didn’t know what to do after all this, or if he did this intentionally, with plans to follow up with a sequel.

It could have been so much better than it was, but it was all right for what it was, I guess. You just may feel disappointed at the end.

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