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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Blood Oath by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare @RayeWagner @KellyStClare

Blood Oath 
Pages: 322
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Fantasy
#1 in Series
Source: Kindle Unlimited
More than anything, I crave adventure. But in the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the well-established rings of our kingdom.

At the very heart reigns our vicious king and Lord Irrik, an invincible dragon shifter, at his side. Their power poisons the land and the people, leading to a steadily mounting number of enemies.

But change is coming.

When the rebellion surges, the king strikes back. Captured by Lord Irrik, I'm suddenly embroiled in a deadly game. One where I'm desperate to understand the rules.

Because I'm not only fighting for my life... but also a love that could be the very key to my freedom.
Quick Thoughts

It started off slow, lots of repetitiveness. But, the plot did pick up I'm intrigued to see what happens in book 2.


Blood Oath centers around a 17 year old girl named Ryn whose life is about to get flipped and turned upside down.
She works at a tavern serving ale and stew, since that's pretty much all there is to offer in Verald due to the widespread famine and poverty. One night, she stays a little later than she should and ends up getting caught by the king's personal servant, Lord Irrik--who happens to be a freaking dragon shifter.

Admittedly, getting to this point in the story does take some lead up and if I'm honest I wasn't too sure what was going on until Ryn finally ended up being locked away in the king's dungeon to be tortured. (Tbh I found it a little unbelievable that the king would even keep her as a prisoner, since at that time he really had no reason to believe she was useful other a very tenuous assumption that she was linked to the insurgents.)

The middle section of the book is Ryn being tortured. This is the part that gets repetitive, as it's literally just Ryn being carted to and from her cell for various torture sessions. It's not until a very impossible thing happens to Ryn--or rather, Ryn makes a very impossible thing happen--that things change and the story really starts picking up momentum.

I see a lot of reviewers complaining about how childish Ryn sounds. That didn't bother me, I thought Ryn had a really great personality! Reading in her specific voice was fun but I can understand how it could be jarring given the setting.

Lastly, there's a surprise romance and that's really all I cared about after I finished reading. I'm hoping we see much more development in the romance, since this book left on such a cliffhanger!

Blood Oath is available on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle copy (Kindle Unlimited).

About the Authors
Raye Wagner is the USA Today Bestselling author of young adult fantasy books. She's a big fan of both the Percy Jackson series (shocker) and the Twilight saga (gasp), and those two series *might* have led her to pursue her dream of writing teen fiction.

Raye loves realistic characters who are believably flawed and act rationally. And kissing. Ooo, and fighting - the martial arts kind that makes you want to slay dragons or beat up the bad guy.
Heroes should be heroic, and anyone can be a hero. And the feels... Raye likes all the feels.

Kelly St. Clare is the USA Today Bestselling author of young adult fantasy and science fiction books.

When Kelly is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie.
Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing.

A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.

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