About The Book of Peril

As the custodian of the oracular bookstore Abernathy’s, Helena has faced any number of challenges in learning her new role. But when the store begins giving out false prophecies, Helena comes up against her greatest challenge yet: how can she fix Abernathy’s when she doesn’t truly know how it works?

Armed only with a few special talents and her desire to protect her magical charge, and with the assistance of her best friend Viv, her reluctant assistant Judy, and the enigmatic and handsome Malcolm Campbell, Helena must navigate the treacherous depths of the magical world, where secret enemies lurk behind illusions capable of fooling even the most powerful of magical entities. Helena is the only one who can see past those illusions, but will her abilities prove strong enough to save the oracle?

Reviews for The Book of Peril

I really enjoy this series each book gives just a bit more of this delightful land where you have to magical factions fighting against each other. In the middle you have these Neutrality that stand as places that do not take sides. Our main character is the custodian of Abernathy an oracular bookstore that answer auguries of those who venture into the store. This part of the series focuses on yet another attack on this wonderful bookstore. I love how Helena world is expanded beyond the bookstore and we get a glimpse of other parts of [...]

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The Book of Peril by Melissa McShane is the second book in The Last Oracle series. Helena Davies is the custodian of the oracular bookstore Abernathy’s. She has been busy cleaning the shop after the attack and the shop is brighter and definitely smells better. Helena’s birthday party thrown by her best friend, Viv, is interrupted by her ex-boyfriend, Chet. He has decided he still loves Helena and is determined to win her back despite Helena’s objections (oh dear). On Monday, Helena performs an augury requests and the oracle provides the wrong prophecy. She [...]

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Working in a bookstore can be dangerous. Just ask Helena.

I love Helena’s world. Her best friend Viv is good for fun, fashion advice, quips, adventure and empathetic ice cream binges. Her colleague Judy has also become a friend, although Helena doesn’t always quite know where she stands with her. Helena has her own apartment yet is still able to enjoy weekly family movie nights with her parents and brother, with the added bonus of the use of their washing machine and the opportunity to snag leftovers. She has a crush on a suave well dressed customer who’s both a [...]

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E-book/NA/Urban Fantasy: I think this book is better than the first one. Granted the ending part of the mystery didn't explain everything fully as I wanted, but the book makes me jealous because I want to be Helena. The book is narrated in first person so you get to know Helena and all her faults and triumphs. This book brings back the same crew as the first book so I was familiar with everyone.

I do want to see Helena do more than work at the bookstore. If you think about it, she is [...]

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