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Oathtaker (The Oathtaker Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 20, 2014
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About the Author
Multi-award winning author Patricia Reding leads a double life. By day, she practices law. By night, she reads, reviews a wide variety of works, and writes fantasy. She lives on an island in the Mississippi with her husband and youngest daughter (her son and oldest daughter having already flown the nest), and Flynn Rider (an English Cream Golden Retriever). From there, she seeks to create a world in which she can be in two places at once. Find out more at http://www.PatriciaReding.com or at http://www.Oathtaker.com.
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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!