About the book:
More than anything, I crave adventure. But in the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the well-established rings of our kingdom.
At the very heart reigns our vicious king with Lord Irrik, an invincible dragon shifter, at his side. Their power poisons the land and the people, leading to a steadily mounting number of enemies.
But change is coming.
When the rebellion surges, the king strikes back. Captured by Lord Irrik, I’m suddenly embroiled in a deadly game. One where I’m desperate to understand the rules.
Because I’m not only fighting for my life . . . but also a love that could be the very key to my freedom.
Review by Katy Haye:
I’d read anything by Kelly St Clare, let’s get that straight up front, she’s one of my favourite authors. In Blood Oath Kelly and Raye take on dragon shifters (not literally – although that I would like to see!) with the creation of Lord Irrik (who could glower at me any day), a Drae (dragon lord) bound by oath to stop the rebellion Ryn has become accidentally embroiled in.
The world of Verald had some fabulous fantasy staples: a cruel, immortal ruler and a budding rebellion, coupled with some interesting twists (I loved the relationship with Arnik). Ryn’s journey of self-discovery through the book was excellent, with lots of reveals I didn’t see coming.
If I’m being very particular (and I’m always particular when it comes to books), the pace wasn’t quite as snappy and fast as I would have liked. I thought the imprisonment section in particular could have been streamlined to reach the reveals more quickly and keep the drama levels up, but overall I loved it.
Plus, I can’t say exactly what because I don’t want to let a spoiler slip, but the denoument of Blood Oath brought something I’ve found missing in the dragon-shifter books I’ve read so far, so I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series when it’s out. Roll on more from Ryn and Lord Irrik!
Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Try steampunk short, The Replacement Princess, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England, for free.