"When many think of stories involving blood debts, endless family feuding, and revenge, they often envision a strong male protagonist at the center of it all who eventually comes out as victorious by the end of the tale. But in Dukes' novel the game is changed when a woman, leading not only as the main character in the story, but in her life as well, is forced into facing (and surviving) this type of world on her own . . .
A must-read for lovers of historical fiction, unexpected plot twists, and relatable female heroines." - APEX
"Dukes has chosen an engaging setting for this novel, with its mix of medieval and modern elements, and fleshes it out with vivid details . . . A compelling story of a woman's trauma and strength.
" - KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A vivid portrait of a dynamic woman who, yearning for freedom, makes a devil's bargain in giving up her sexuality to gain a level of personhood she is denied merely because she is a woman.
Though it takes place long ago, in a culture far removed from my own, this novel touched me, often made me laugh out loud
, and ultimately reminded me of how much people judge each other by gender to this very day." - New York Times bestselling author Cathryn Michon
"Venture into the strange world of early twentieth century Albania with A Sworn Virgin: Broken Promises. Author Kristopher Dukes quickly draws readers in with the fascinating story of Diana, a young woman who finds herself changed time and again by life's circumstances.
The mountain town where Diana lives has traditions and gender divides that modern readers may have a hard time wrapping their heads around; it's hard to believe that the culture Dukes describes was ever real, but the amount of research she put into this book definitely shines through.
The story remains fascinating throughout; readers will definitely find it difficult to put this novel down." - San Francisco Book Review
From the Author
As wild as the true tradition of a sworn virgin is,I found it resonating with me on an emotional level. How often do women, even inthe international cities of today, find themselves trading in their femininityin exchange for being treated as respectfully as a man? Diana's story is one ofa unique young woman in a faraway world, but I believe the heart of her journeymirrors many women's. We are countless people throughout our lives, hungeringfor real relationships while struggling not to be defined by them, all while balancingwhat society wills us to want with what our deepest dreams are.