The Oracle of Cumae by Melissa Hardy

The Oracle of Cumae

On the day she turns ninety-nine, Mariuccia Umbellino calls for a priest so that she might finally confess to someone the secrets she has been living with for seventy-five years. When she was a girl, a band of men appeared at her family's farm in the wild Sibylline Mountains with orders from the pope to destroy the nearby shrine of the Oracle of Cumae and to thereby end forever the practice of the Old Religion that had persisted in that region si...

Details The Oracle of Cumae

TitleThe Oracle of Cumae
Release DateOct 8th, 2019
PublisherSecond Story Press
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Female Authors

Reviews The Oracle of Cumae

  • Anna Luce
    ★★★✰✰ 3 stars I listened as Sibylla told me for the third or fourth or fifth time, about something that happened to her a thousand years ago and that might have been funny then, but, clearly, you had to have been there. The Oracle of Cumae is a humorous tale that might appeal to readers who enjoyed Neil Gaiman's Stardust, Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown series, or even books by Rick Riordan. While I enjoyed how witty and playful the nar...
  • Cait
    I read this book as an advance reader copy. Full disclosure, I work for the publisher.This book is hilarious. Like laugh out loud funny. The Oracle is the perfect character - major sass, tells it like it is, does what she thinks is best even if it isn't - she's just an amazing character and definitely my favourite. The book is composed of mostly strong female characters who take charge of their destiny and wrestle it into submission for what they...
  • Jodi
    Mariuccia Umbellino has never had much use for priests, but on her 99th birthday, she has her great-great-nephew bring a priest to her room to hear her confession. But she doesn't want to confess any sins. She wants to tell an amazing story to someone who is obligated to keep a secret.In the early 1800s, a priest and some men with dynamite were sent to 15-year-old Mariuccia's remote mountain village to close the opening to a cave that was said to...
  • Fazila
    FBRC REVIEW:DISCLAIMER : I received an advanced review copy for free from Edelweiss+, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. The Oracle Of Cumae is the story of Mariuccia Umbellino who is a 99yr old woman and her secret. The story is narrated by Mariuccia and we get to see the story through her lens. Its a funny, engaging and intriguing read. I found the story to be quite unique with its stories that come from Italian mythology and folklore. T...
  • Sarah
    In the central Italian city of Casteldurante in the late 19th century, a 99-year-old woman, Mariuccia Umbellino, summons a priest so she can unburden herself of a long-held secret. What she reveals isnt your standard multi-generational saga fare; instead, Hardys short novel is a tongue-in-cheek romp through Italian folklore, mythology, and religious tradition.The tale Mariuccia unfolds takes her back to her youth in the tiny village of Montemonac...
  • Morgan
    I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What a fun and lighthearted read. On her 99th birthday, Mariuccia Umbellino confesses her life story to a priest, divulging it only because a priest bears the weight of confidentiality. Her story continues for the entirety of the book and undermines religious tradition and rites with unabashed humor. Full of wit and sass, Mariuccia is a female character that i...
  • Annie
    Melissa Hardys hilarious novel, The Oracle of Cumae, is set up as a story, within a story, within a story, and sometimes within yet another story. It begins with a very old woman sending for a priest. She doesnt want to confess. Mariuccia Umbellino is very clear about that. She just wants to tell her story before she passes away. Her story is later transcribed, a generation or so later, by a woman who tells us she doesnt believe a word of it...Re...
  • Annarella
    A funny and entertaining book that made me laugh out loud.It's well written, engrossing and the cast of characters is well thought and interesting.I'd have preferred some more check on the Italian word as most of them are wrong or used in the wrong way.It was a fun read, recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • McKenzie Peterson
    This book is a fun, witty, little romp through early modern Italy. The details and the humor of this novel are what really makes it enjoyable. It's not an especially fast paced novel and not a lot happens in particular. This is mostly a comedy of errors that borderlines on a black comedy at times, but it's worth the read if you're into meandering and humorous novels.
  • Bonnie
    The Oracle of Cumae is a humorous book that takes you on twists and turns. There is a sarcastic wit written in that pokes fun at the beliefs, traditions, and "unknowns" during the time period. A lot of dated catholic terminology is thrown in that makes great use of Kindle's wikipedia and dictionary tools. Overall, a funny read. Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • Bev
    A meandering, humorous story of an ancient yet rather engaging oracle who lives in a cave in a tiny farm area of Italy, as told by a ninety-nine year old woman who encountered the oracle and rescued her from the destruction of her grotto. Bizarre. Unusual. Hmmm.
  • Paul
    A light, funny book. Fun characters and interesting locations and a good plot. A very good mix of elements that make for a well written novel. Recommended.I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
  • Coreena McBurnie
    I enjoyed this book. It was funny and different. I love books that involve mythology and this was certainly an original take on it. Light and quirky with some unexpected plot turns.
  • Bryonna
    what an imagination!
  • Tamara Morning
    Title: The Oracle of CumaeAuthor: Melissa HardyGenre: Speculative FictionRating: 3 out of 5Mariuccia Umbellino is 99 years old when a miracle occurs, and she asks to see a priest. While her family thinks she wants to confess, Mariuccia just wants to tell someone the story of what happened years ago when she was a child in the Italian countryside. Mariuccias family had always been guardians of the Oracle, but one year, that guardianship entailed a...