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Orphans, demons, gnomes, magic, twists and turns, and excitement, all in one book.
You thought life was difficult? A 13-year-old orphan must decide if finding her parents or saving the world is more important. Further, she must do this with the help of strangers. Can she do what needs to be done?
I really like this series. The first book was very good at holding my attention. The second book, this one, is also very good at holding onto my attention. As Tayna's journey continues, this book picks up where the first one ended. This expands nicely on some of those loose ends we encountered in the first book, however, it will still leave the reader wanting more! I want to know what happened to both Eliza and Tayna, now. I am not happy with loose ends in books, and this one is no exception. I find myself thinking about the books for too long after finishing them, and trying to imagine what the characters will do next.
Jefferson Smith has woven quite a tale with this series. I find myself rooting for the kids again, and yet, sometimes I just wanted to scream! Yet, sometimes, I had to laugh reading this book. Other times, I took time to think about the plot, and what was happening. And, sometimes, I was quite sad. This book kept my emotions in movement, something very few books can do to me.
I can recommend this story to the teenage readers and all who enjoy fantasy. It has enough twists to keep the reader guessing, while most of the answers will be provided if the reader just keeps going. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Now, on to the review. When I reviewed Strange Places (Finding Tayna #1) I talked about the content of the book, but I do not want to do that here. I would prefer to talk about the overall feel of this book.
Mr Smith has created and amazingly complex world with multiple sentient races. While many people have created wonderful fantasy realms the one thing that is different here is that there is no good race/bad race thing going on. There are good people and bad people in each of the races just like there are in real life and this, while not unique, is certainly uncommon in the fantasy realm.
This book is also not a standalone novel. If you try to read it without reading book 1 of the series you will be utterly confused. There is also very little closure of any of the open story lines here. This feels more like the 2nd installment of a serialized novel than a traditional trilogy. This is not necessarily a bad thing but when you finish this book you certainly are left wishing there was more to it and more closure to some of the story lines.
Now, as to the plot lines. There are a lot of them going on at once. It does seem as if they will all eventually meet up with wherever the series ends up, but there is so much jumping from scene to scene and character to character that the book feels disjointed, especially in the first third of it. As was true of the first book in the series I still see no reason why the Elicand/Shondu story line is here. It adds nothing to the story to this point and the empathink communications method that was invented for them to talk is not fun to read. Hopefully this part of the story line actually has a purpose in the next book.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, especially the last 2/3rds of the book. I am left wanting to know more about the characters and find myself pulling for Tayna and Eliza to get answers to their questions. When you can get your reader to feel for and identify with your characters the author has done a good job in the writing and I am certainly looking forward to the third (and final?) installment of this series. I want to know what happens!!
As a minor sidenote, the editing of the book was very good as I only noticed a few very minor typos, certainly no more than would be expected from any major release, and as this was a pre-release copy, it is even more noticeable that the editing was good.
I like to be surprised. For me a predictable tale is boring. Oath Keeper kept me reading because I couldn't guess what might come next. To be completely frank, I liked it considerably more than Strange Places.
If you enjoy not knowing where a story will take you, fantasy, magic, and different worlds, you will probably like Oath Keeper. I'll certainly be purchasing the third book in the series.