I always feel bad when I'm reading a romance series and I figure out who the next couple is and am more interested in them than the current pair
About 2/3s of the way into Serpent's Kiss I realized I had no idea who the next couple were. I had thought that the series would continue with more of Dragos's sentinels, but we hadn't seen them in a long time. I thought, well there's that Djinn that keeps popping up. But who would he be paired with?
The end of that book involved the Djinn travelling with the pair to meet the Oracle. Once they met I knew this was the next couple and I was excited to read it.
Khalil is Djinn, who after bringing trouble right to the Oracle's doorstep, decides to stay and be her protector. Grace, the current Oracle, is not happy about this.
The line of the Oracle runs all the way back from Delphi and has passed between the women of her family. Grace and her older sister Petra lived with their Oracle grandmother after their parents' death. The power passed to Petra when the grandmother died. Three months ago, Petra, her husband Niko, and Grace were in a car accident that killed Petra and Niko and crippled Grace. Grace is now the new Oracle and caretaker to her young niece and nephew her sister left behind.
Dealing with a Djinn Prince is not something she wants as she struggles to adjust to her new power and responsibilities. He refuses to leave and promises to help her and the children.
The book doesn't have the same focus on Wyr politics the previous ones did, though we do learn about how the human witches fit in.
The book focuses more on Grace and Khalil as they get to know and care for each other. Khalid was hilarious, unintentionally, and he can "achieve" pancakes for me any day. Grace was strong and real as she tries to care for and protect her kids and learns more about the origins and extent of her powers.
The two are now one of my favorite fictional couples.