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Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas) Hardcover – July 12, 2011
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The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him
In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.
Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world.... In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…
But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?
Sketches from Dragon's Oath
When I read Dragon's Oath for the first time, I read it purely for the pleasure of enjoying the story itself; as an ardent HON fan, I already knew of Dragon's loss from the series, so this novella added dimension and richness to his tale. The second time I read the story, I allowed myself to picture each scene in my mind--and I took notes about it. These characters may be nearly immortal, but they are at the beginning of such immortality and, therefore, they are like any other young couple.
PC and I discussed how she saw them physically--vibrant, playful, Anastasia with thick blonde hair down to her waist, Dragon with "attitude" and lithe physique. In her story, their courtship is charming, and their first kiss full of the magic (or, as PC Cast says, "magick") anyone would want to experience. I wanted to capture all of this.
I toyed with using hands. I wanted the characters "touching-but-not-touching", intimate, an unspoken promise. Above all, I wanted it to show defenses lowered in a subtle way.
These are a few of the sketches I made: him approaching from behind her, sword down; her handing him a sunflower; her beginning to lift the face of a sunflower up towards him. But these weren't quite where I wanted to go.
I wanted more of their symbols integrated into the piece: his sword, her flower. With PC's approval, I then "cast" the scene.
I had my husband stand by a friend, and at the last second, decided to photograph it near sunset. My thought was that these characters could be walking, side by side, as the sun either rose or set before them - an added romantic touch, instead of having them with the nighttime backdrop.
With a few alterations - matching Dragon's sword with the one on the cover, cropping and changing clothing some, and making Anastasia's hand that of a girl rather than a more mature woman - I completed the illustration now in the book. It's my favorite, too - his sword is lowered, but in front of them to defend her in an instant. Her flower is held back, slightly behind her skirt, waiting to be brought forth.
This is how they live for me.
Top Customer Reviews
Based on the premise of giving the readers a view of how the professors became to be part of the House of Night these novella's were written. Novella's are typically around 50,000 words. What most people churn out during Nanowrimo for example. Having written a novella I was very disappointed with the way this book was presented. Where was the character development? The storyline? The 50,000 words!
Every chapter starts with a full page illustration, some of which are beautifully done, others not so much. Throughout the book, which is written in a large font, are more than just a decorative swirl, they are I would describe as a specifically designed illustrated paper waster. Pretty, but take up a lot of space on the page, decorative swirls. Once every chapter would be fine. Three in as many pages gets a bit ridiculous.
I loved how the story began. It immersed us into Dragons childhood, how he was marked, how he was guided onto a ship, and how he got the name "Dragon." Suddenly, as in two chapters suddenly (or so it seemed), we were with Anastasia, his love, and a little on how she became to be at the house of night. I think we learnt more about her family & background than we did his. Even if that part was very brief. This filled up more space as spells were cast and so forth. More pretty illustrations scribbled across the page. Nothing to do with Dragons years on his training, who was his mentor and the like.Read more ›
The first chapter and the epilogue were in present-day HoN, and chapters two through eight were back when Dragon was Marked and all the chaos that ensued. (I know. Eight chapters. That's it?) Nevertheless, the novella was really well-written, and although it lacked length, it made up for it in plot and characterization. The primary reason DRAGON'S OATH wasn't five pages was because every chapter ended on the left page, the right page after was blank, the left page after had an illustration, and the right page started the next chapter. So, basically, about three pages are blank per chapter, which just seems lazy on PC's part.
That all being said, PC and Kristin Cast's latest miniature (literally) installment in the House of Night series was thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed reading about the spell casting and about the Darkness, a prominent theme in current House of Night books (AWAKENED, I'm sure DESTINED as well), and I'm sure we'll hear more about that in future books. I look forward to DESTINED!
By: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Published July 12, 2011 by St. Martin's Press
Available Format: Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, audiobook
My Rating: '''''
Long before he was Dragon, professor at the Tulsa House of Night, he was Bryan, a typical, unruly young man full of spirit and mischief. After his father banishes him to America, Bryan is marked as a vampyre on the docks and given a choice to remain in London or build a new life across the ocean. Choosing the new life, Dragon quickly becomes Sword Master and favored by all in his new home. When young Anastasia becomes Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, Dragon is faced with a new challenge: love. Dragon must ward off a dark power while protecting his beloved Anastasia. Will he rise to the challenge or will they both be destroyed?
I'm definitely a House of Night fan, although some of the later books were a bit on the bland side. I was thrilled to get this extra glimpse into Dragon Lankford's life. This novella starts as Dragon is mourning his bride's untimely death at the hands of the dark power that has been unleashed in Tulsa. He recalls his memories of his early life--being disowned by his father, marked, coming to America, and meeting Anastasia. Through this part of his story, we learn the full impact of his oath to the beautiful professor and what it means when he breaks that oath to avenge her death. How will the darkness lead him from there?
It is great to be able to go back and see Dragon as a human and a younger more stubborn fledgling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't like Dragon that much in the House Of Night Series. But this book is making me like him as a character more because now I know way more about his story and how he became... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Arik Geary
I started reading this series in high school and read through like book 8 and bought this while I was reading the series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by haley
To every one should read this house of night collection.nicely done,slot of heart.love the hole set of books would read more of night collectionPublished 4 months ago by Dragon oath
Excellent "tie in" book and story to the series about all the major characters and their background.Published 5 months ago by Sheri Woolley