At first I was a little apprehensive that the series was going to be simplistic and juvenille, but how wrong I was. Eye of the Oracle was very well written with good character development and an absolutely vast scope. The reader has a rich voice which really added a lot of feeling to the book. My only issue is that the ending was extremely compressed which felt forced (I think it is actually expanded on in the rest of the series). Overall a very worthwhile read, I can't wait for the rest of the series.
While this has not been my favourite Dostoevsky, (brother's karamazov was better), it remains on my 'must-read' list for Russian authors. The characters were very vivid, and the good narration made it easy to distinguish characters. Did I say 'good' narration? Actually, it was marveleous. Some of the voices were quite comical when they suited the characters, and I have to credit this narrator (robert whitfield) with making this book truly enjoyable. I would recommend this book to any Russian literature fan. It's an integral part of the 'Russian Canon'.