Review of The Oracle of Stamboul
This first novel from Michael David Lukas does a superb job of transporting the reader back to the Ottoman Empire in the late 1800s. His imagery of flocks of hoopoes and German frigates floating down the Bosporus creates a spectacular backdrop in this fantasy story of a precocious young girl who finds herself entangled in the fall of an empire. You can almost smell the spices and feel the heat of the ancient city of Stamboul. Although the plot lacked a compelling page-turning narrative, Lukas is a master of details and I look forward to reading the author’s sophomore effort.