The Oracle Trilogy by Catherine Fisher consists of The Oracle, The Archon and The Scarab. US titles are The Oracle Betrayed, The Sphere of Secrets, and The Day of the Scarab, respectively.
Set in an ancient Egypt-like land, the books follow Mirany, who has been selected to be a priestess of the one god that rules over the Two Lands but who secretly suspects he does not really exist - at least until he starts talking in her head. The priesthood of the Two Lands holds that the god incarnates himself on the earth in the form of a human, the Archon, and with the last Archon dead the search has begun for the child who is his next incarnation. But the situation is as much political as it is religious, and the god has chosen Mirany as his instrument against the schemings of the rest of his people.
This series provides examples of:
- Almighty Janitor: Kreon is a slave and cleaner in the City of the Dead. He's also the Shadow of the God.
- Anti-Hero: The Jackal, the Fox, Seth, and Oblek to an extent.
- Arc Number: Nine.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Chryse just can't seem to be able to pick one side and stay on it.
- Cool Mask: The Archon and the Nine are made to wear these masks in public.
- Culture Chop Suey: The civilization in the series seems to be a blend of Bronze Age Greece and Egypt, while the City of the Dead's architecture is reminiscent of ancient Incan temples.
- Enemy Without: The guardians of the Well of Songs.
- Exact Words: Argelin's Ironic Punishment at the end of The Scarab. "The Archon must die for his people" - and when you have named yourself Archon...
- Gentleman Thief: The Jackal.
- God in Human Form: Alexos as the God and Kreon as the Shadow.
- God Is Flawed: The god frequently expresses self-doubt and fear in his chapters.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly
- Heroic Albino: Kreon.
- Manipulative Bastard: Argelin, Hermia, and Chryse
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Jackal and the Fox
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Chryse, for majority of The Oracle.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Argelin during The Scarab.
- Reincarnation: The Archon is the repeated reincarnation of the god in human bodies. It's unknown if the Shadow is similarly reincarnated.
- Scary Scorpions: One of the symbols of the god is a scorpion. Mirany's priestess duty is to carry one for all religious events.
- Ship Tease: Seth and Mirany have a bit of it.
- Sour Supporter: Alexos seems to attract them. Seth and Oblek practically compete to see who can be more sour.
- To Hell and Back: Mirany, Argelin, and Alexos travel to the Underworld in The Scarab.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Rhetia, after The Oracle.
- Vast Bureaucracy: The City of the Dead is home to one where Seth and Kreon work.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Rhetia.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Mirany at first. She grows out of it right quick.
- Woman Scorned