Sunday, January 19, 2014

Oracle of Philadelphia (Earthbound Angels, #1) by Elizabeth Corrigan

Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

Oracle of Philadelphia is a urban fantasy with angels and demons.  I've read quite a bit of those over the years, but never something quite like this one.  Carrie hears thoughts of everyone around her, and she's immortal, running a diner in Philly and generally helping those who seek her out.  She's friends with the angel Gabriel and a demon called Bedlam.

Because herself is slated to spend eternity without a soul, she spends her time helping others, so when Sebastian comes to her needing his help, she is determined to do what she can to help him.  He has exchanged his soul for his sister's life.  She makes many trips to Hell and uses her network to determine who holds the contract, all along the way learning something about herself and her place in both worlds.

While it took a bit for the world-building, once I got the gist of it, the pages began to fly by.  I appreciated that Corrigan used flashbacks to present background information for Carrie and how it applies to the present.  A great first book in a series with some memorable characters.  If you enjoy urban fantasy, give Oracle of Philadelphia a whirl.  I enjoyed it, and I believe since most of the world-building is done in the first installment that more action will be available in the second, which I'm looking forward to!


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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