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Oath Taker: Kingdom of Runes Book 1 Paperback – May 19, 2019
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"A lyrical, sweeping fantasy that will take you on a beautiful adventure in a world where danger and romance lurk at every corner." ~ Olivia Wildenstein, USA Today Bestselling author of A PACK OF BLOOD AND LIES
"Grey challenges the best fantasy writers in the industry with OATH TAKER, a romantic adventure you'll want to take again and again." ~ Casey L. Bond, award-winning author of the FRENZY series
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Paperback : 372 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733747214
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733747219
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.93 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Starfall Press (May 19, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the other hand, all of the characters are utterly unlikable and uninteresting. The antagonist is mean-spirited and selfish, and there is no sense, ever, that this bad attitude is something to overcome or set right. The prince is flat and boring, his family is nasty, or threatening, or stupid. <<spoiler>> At one point, the prince is captured, and... who cares? We are given no reason to like him, or to feel for his plight, his family doesn't care, why should we? The "big event" at which he is captured has no significance to the reader. Oh yes, we are TOLD that it is important, but we have no idea why. No history, no context, it just happens. Then, the antagonist only wants to rescue him because she is sworn to protect him; something she ONLY did, against her will, because the prince had saved her from herself earlier in the timeline. <<End of spoiler>> The biggest problem with this book, for the first half, is that there is no hero, or heroine, to draw the reader into the story.
There is epic good versus evil, sort of, but we don't know enough about why the evil exists to care. This evil is one dimensional, and the evil characters let you know it; "we are evil so we have the right and the power to kill you!" Which they do, inexplicably. Yawn. And the "good" characters, the "sunshine" characters are super powerful, but petty, salacious and indifferent. They "get on board" to rescue the prince because they have no choice, so there is no nobility or purpose or destiny.
And finally, rather than describing what is going on, or what the power is, or, again, why we should care, just throw the word "rune" in front of anything to indicate, "yes, it has the word 'rune' in front, you should consider it important." We don't know what a "rune wall" does, but the word rune is in front. A "rune sword?" Same thing, trust me, the fact that the word "rune" is there means it is better or different from another sword. Can't you tell? The word "rune" is used.
I bought this book in high hopes that I could find another fantasy series to read and I am sad to say that I won't even be able to finish it. Obviously this assessment of this book is only my opinion, I hope that other people like this story, and I would be happy to have my mind changed if someone else sees this book through different eyes.
I always feel skeptical when someone compares their book to SJM or Holly Black, but this story warrants ALL THE ATTENTION AND PRAISE! It got me out of a reading slump and I was absorbed entirely. I became one with the story and I'm #sorrynotsorry to my family for ignoring them.
The world building is incredible. I felt like I could actively see each scene unfold and the more that was explored, the more I wanted to be transported into the world. These are some of the most fleshed out characters I've ever read and they're not just fleshed out, they're COMPLEX. As the story unfolds, dynamics stir and change and it feels effortless.
I'm a super fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings, and this has to be my fave by far. It's gender-swapped and the MC, Haven, is Prince Bell's royal companion guard. A girl guarding a dude. YES PLEASE.
Haven has been put through the ringer in her life, but she her wants are simple: protect Bell and find out where she came from. The first one trumps all others in her mind which makes her the most loyal friend ever. She's lived with hardship and endured discrimination at every turn, but she lets it drip off her like rain water.
Prince Bell is taken by the Shadow Queen and Haven must fight tooth and nail to find him and bring him back. She has to wade the waters with a band of immortal Solis to break the curse that ravages the land and IT IS AMAZING!
I wish I could give this story 10 stars. It will forever be a favorite and I'm salivating for book 2 like whoa. You'd be a fool to pass this up!
So let's talk about what I loved. The world building and explanations are exactly what I was missing in the original version. I feel like I understand this world way more than I did before. I also loved all the little details that make it less of a story and more of an immersive experience. This whole world and the characters are just absolutely brilliant. I'm so happy that we got more depth and emotional attachment to the band of Solis traveling to break the curse.
Ok, now I have to talk about what I don't like. I hate doing this but there were some changes that I didn't care for at all. The biggest change I disliked was Stolas' name. It used to be Allucard and it was so easy to remember but when it changed to Stolas I had trouble remembering it because the race of Sun Lords are known as Solis so Stolas just doesn't stand out. I also didn't like Haven as much in the middle of this book but I understand why she had to become a little less mature than she had been. If she was already perfect how could she have any character growth? And by the end of the book it's easy to see how much she learned and matured so I'm incredibly excited to see her in the future books. And honestly, if these are the worst things about this book that says a lot because these are just nit picky things that I see because I've been obsessed with this series for what feels like years.
*I'll definitely reread this book and I absolutely recommend it to everyone!
So I want to rescind some of the remarks I make about the naming issues I had. Audrey reached out to explain why the name had to change and now that I understand the reasoning behind it I completely agree with the changes she had to make and support her entirely. I struggled to decide if I should rewrite the review but decided that I needed to keep it the way it is for authenticity but I should update everyone with my new opinion.
Now go and read all her books! *
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Yes. It's that good. If you like SJM, Holly Black and some badass females discovering their place and powers in the world then DEFINITELY at least give this a try.
There are some cliches in terms of the struggle between light and darkness, discovery of magic powers and potential love triangles BUT they are well executed and unless you have a SERIOUS issue with these tropes I doubt it will effect you it's literally the only thing I could think of as a caveat 😂
Otherwise the characters and their relationships are diverse and fun to read. The world building is fantastic and well thought out and the parallels that come into play are dark and delicious and I LOVE IT ❤
TLDR: Imagine a Dark version of Throne of Glass and ACOTAR combined 👌❤
Voice: Vanessa Moyen is good at this so this book is narrated perfectly, with easy to recognize different voices for all the characters and very natural intonation for every situation so listening is very relaxing and fun. Excellent job!
Story: Wow, just... Wow! I did not expect to get so ecstatic over this book and it was probably a bad idea to start this book in the evening but I don’t mind being robbed of my sleep for gaining this gem of a story!
It just was that good that it left me too euphoric to sleep, I think I resembled being hyped up on some stimulants or something because I could not pause this book for something so ordinary or boring as sleep lol. I totally get the comparison with Sarah J. Maas, her first book left me in a similar state, although that book took me a bit longer to get through, but in all fairness: I read ToG myself and listened to this book so comparing isn’t exactly fair. It might be me evolving but I think I found this book a bit easier and definitely more captivating than Throne of Glass, although that book will remain a favorite nontheless but it’s not all action all the time, there’s more romance going on in ToG so of course Oath Taker will be more captivating if it barely contains all that romance (although you do get some tension and sparks that kind of leaves a promise for a bit of romance further along the series).
Audrey Grey excels at worldbuilding and dialogues, every bit of the story is fact-paced and every scene adds to the story. I love the characters, the mortals and immortal races each have their own specific features. I love the way that the immortals thinking about the mortals is portrayed. It’s very realistic in my opinion. Although it is fantasy, there’s still a... let’s call it a vibe, that makes it believable or not and this all feels so natural and logical. The characters all have dept, well, beside the mysterious ‘Creature’, he needs to be vague for the moment. I have an idea but it will surely be revealed in a sequel. But they each have their own past that lingers on their shoulders, coloring their (rash) decisions or actions.
All that character building gives for a plethora of funny little details in their interactions. I love all the witty remarks from our feisty mortal and the fun, rude, bored or stoic comments from the immortals from both the light as the dark side often turn into delicious dry humour. But still, there are enough serious conversations too so it’s not a comedy. It’s more of a captivating suspenseful fantasy story of epic proportions that needs to be translated to every language and needs to be made into a movie or series!