The Oathbreaker's Shadow
Fans of Philip Pullman, Jonathan Stroud, and George R.R. Martin are going to love this action-filled fantasy novel by an exciting and extremely promotable debut voice in the genre.In the world of fifteen-year-old Raim, you tie a knot for every promise you make. Break that promise and the knot... show more
Fans of Philip Pullman, Jonathan Stroud, and George R.R. Martin are going to love this action-filled fantasy novel by an exciting and extremely promotable debut voice in the genre.In the world of fifteen-year-old Raim, you tie a knot for every promise you make. Break that promise and the knot will burst into flames, scarring your skin and forever marking you as an oathbreaker. Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one seems to know where it came from or which promise it symbolizes, and Raim barely thinks about it at all--especially not since he became the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the day that he binds his life to that of his best friend (and the future king), Khareh, the rope ignites and sears a dark mark into his skin. Scarred now as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options: run or be killed. He chooses to run, taking refuge in the vast desert among a colony of exiled oathbreakers. Will he be able to learn the skills he needs to clear his name? And even if he can, how can he keep a promise he never knew he made in the first place?
Publish date: June 4th 2013
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Pages no: 406
Edition language: English
Series: The Knots Sequence (#1)
I'm not sure. I liked it, but it also frustrates me because it is yet another incomplete story masquerading as a novel.
On one hand, I wanted to say I haven't quite read a book like this one before. The magic is really complicated and different from usual. On the other hand however, a lot of the critical plot points were not so original at all. In this clan-based nomadic society promises are for real. For as you br...
I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, and am providing an honest review in exchange. :)Raim has had an oath around his wrist since before he can remember. He doesn't know what the promise was, or who he swore it to, but when he swears to become his best friend's protector...
Actual rating: 4.5(View this review on My Library in the Making.)I don't get to read lots of them, but I have mad love for high fantasy. I think of them as the summit of fiction because their setting takes the story to a whole new level of unreal, and The Oathbreaker's Shadow is definitely a great a...
What if there was a way that all your promises could be kept, that if anyone broke a promise they made to you, you would know? What if the person that betrays your trust would be haunted by your ‘haunt’ for the rest of their lives and even get an ugly scar in the process? Would you do it? Would you ...