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Oathtaker (The Oathtaker Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 20, 2014
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The Oathtaker is a riveting, wonderful fantasy world that sucks you in from the very first chapter. There are so many things that contribute to this book being extraordinary. The characters (Mara is the meaning of heroine), the plot, the setting, and the way it is written. You know you are reading a wonderfully written novel when you can visually picture yourself in the world that is being written about. I am enjoying it more and more as I reread it. I look forward to the continuations of this series and highly recommend it to any and all fellow fantasy lovers.
Oathtakers protect a member of the Select by “swearing a voluntary life oath for the protection of that person.” But only an Oathtaker whose Select is a seventh-born shall receive highest status.
Unbeknownst to Mara, a helpless seventh-born is about to enter the world, and thirteen terrifying gruts, dreaded creatures from the world under, have every advantage in a fight Mara was not expecting. As she battles the beasts, she has no knowledge of the miracle in progress inside a nearby hut. After defeating the gruts, Mara finds Rowena, a “seventh” and the ranking member of the Select, struggling to give birth. Mara becomes a true heroine at this juncture of the story, and her incredible journey begins.
This is an epic YA fantasy and is the first in a series. It is an unusual and unique story, and I can easily see it as a movie someday. The story has plenty of characters, good and evil, all well-written and each with a story of their own, but it is Mara who captivated me. Her character is fiesty, smart, and intuitive—and she brings the entire story together delivering an unforgettable performance.
Looking forward to the next book in this series!