Oathtaker by Patricia Reding

Oathtaker by Patricia RedingOathtaker by Patricia Reding
The Oathtaker Series Book 1
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Length: Full Length (578 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Myrtle

An Oath Sworn.
A Struggle Engaged.
A Sacrifice Required.

When Mara, a trained Oathtaker, is drawn by the scent of the Select to battle underworld beasts summoned by powers of evil to destroy the guardians of life, she swears a life oath for the protection of her charge.

Armed with a unique weapon and her attendant magic, and with the aid of her Oathtaker cohorts, two ancients and a spymaster, Mara seeks safety for her charge from one who would end Oosa’s rightful line of rule and from assassins who endeavor to bring ruin to the land.

As Mara puzzles to decipher ancient prophecy concerning her charge, as she is haunted with memories of her own past failings, she discovers the price her oath will exact.

To renounce her word would be treasonous; to fail, ruinous; to persevere, tortuous.

Abiding by an oath requires sacrifice.

When the Good One deemed a faithful group of followers as “special,” he sought Oathtakers willing to swear a lifelong vow to protect his Select. Their reward? A blade infused with magic, unique magical abilities, and continued youth for as long as their Select lives.

Mara, a trained Oathtaker without a charge, is alone in the woods when she hears the howling of the terrible Grut, dreaded beasts of the underworld. Nearby, she notices a wayfarer’s hut and, as a sweet fragrance overtakes the stench of the Gruts, Mara hears moans from within the shanty. Could it possibly be a Select?

A beastly battle ensues, but Mara is soon victorious. Upon entering the hut, she finds Rowena, the ranking member of the Select, and she is about to give birth to a rare child—a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. The child could become Mara’s “charge” whom she would devote her life to protecting, but there are more surprises on the way for Mara.

Oathtaker touches on the lives of not just one, but many characters as they travel across the lands. Although Mara is the protagonist, the author has given life to a cast of comrades and loathsome villains. The story has good and evil, life and death, and love and hate. All the things needed to create an epic fantasy world!

The weakness to this otherwise amazing book was its dialogue. The “voices” all sounded the same, which made it hard to distinguish the characters, especially when the dialogue was without its needed identity tags. There was also a lot of repetition and oftentimes seemed as though the characters were not paying attention to the conversation, or simply didn’t understand the statements or the questions asked. Although the story was wonderfully creative and adventurous, I was not able to connect with its characters as I had hoped, which I regret.

For those who love the experience of a unique fantasy with an intriguing storyline, Oathtaker is a fantasy adventure worth exploring!

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