Isla’s Oath by Cassandra Page
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: Full (197 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Book Rating: 4.5
Review by: Orchid
Australia is a long way from the Old World and its fae denizens…but not far enough.
Isla is determined to understand her heritage and control her new abilities, but concealing them from those close to her proves difficult. Convincing the local fae she isn’t a threat despite her mixed blood is harder still. When the dazzling Everest arrives with a retinue of servants, Isla gets her first glimpse of why her mother’s people are hated…and feared.
But Isla isn’t the only one with something to hide. Someone she trusts is concealing a dangerous secret. She must seek the truth and stop Everest from killing to get what he wants: Isla’s oath.
A well thought out story, with colourful characters made this book attractive to read.
Isla has discovered she is half Fae and works with Jack, a hob, which is the servant class of the Fae. He has agreed to help Isla learn how to use her talent. Isla is a half-breed aosidhe, the noble class of Fae. She learns to be careful when making an oath as it can be life threatening if the oath is broken.
Isla’s talent is to take a person’s emotions and change them to her own bidding, sometimes with disastrous results. Unfortunately, other fae want to control and manipulate Isla and the worst of these is Everest, a full blood aosidhe. He wants Isla to take an oath be his servant in order to save Jack’s life. Poor Isla is torn between wanting to save her friend or find out the truth about her mother.
Part of the mystery came from only a few people knowing about her capabilities and part from her interaction with hostile fae. Throughout the story Isla remains firm to her beliefs and human morals until the end when the ultimate temptation is put in her way. I love the way her family stand by her, even though some of them don’t understand what’s going on. The aosidhe are allergic to iron and Isla’s father agrees to keep behind his iron sculptures to stop any evil fae getting to him. He accepts his daughter’s reasons without argument, as do her cousins. How great it must be to have people with so much faith and belief in you!
Definitely a series to follow with characters who make you want to follow what happens next.