The Oathbreaker's Shadow

The Oathbreaker's Shadow

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"The Oathbreaker's Shadow is a very promising debut in what bodes to be an electrifying duology". (Robin Hobb). Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert. Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all - not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin. Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 37mm | 557g
  • Doubleday Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0857531816
  • 9780857531810
  • 754,747

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"The Oathbreaker's Shadow is a very promising debut in what bodes to be an electrifying duology." Robin Hobb "Absolutely gripping" Conn Iggulden "The Oathbreaker's Shadow is a rare, rare thing; something new in fantasy. At last we've got a story without all the tropes of elves, ogres and knights but a high adventure inspired by Mongolia. McCulloch's story is rich with life, real, vivid and utterly compelling." Sarwat Chadda "Exotic lands, cool magic and high adventure - The Oathbreaker's Shadow has it all ... the most compelling fantasy I've read in years" Jonathan Stroud
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About Amy McCulloch

Amy McCulloch is a Canadian living in London, who works as a Commissioning Editor at one of the UK's leading fantasy imprints.
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1,406 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (467)
3 26% (361)
2 9% (132)
1 6% (86)

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The Oathbreaker's Shadow is an imaginative fantasy, the story of a boy's adventure through the desert to uncover the secrets from his past. This is precisely the type of book I'd like to see more of (a less prevalent setting, particularly the Middle Eastern-inspired desert and a very creative system of magic). Reason to Read: 1. A very unique plot: I loved the whole idea Amy put together with the consequences of having a shadow follow you for your life if you broke an oath, and the effects of being ostracized along with it. This is the book's greatest strength and it isn't like other stories I've read. It's so interesting to think about what this experience would be like, particularly for a teenage boy having to lose his family, friends, community, and even his future aspirations. That's an absolutely devastating loss and I liked the focus and attention paid to it. The problem for me was that I ultimately failed to connect with The Oathbreaker's Shadow. So while there were a handful of aspects I found interesting, overall the story was one that did not resonate with me. By the end of the book, I didn't feel like I had been on the journey with Raim. It's also a far slower adventure story than I'm used to, and it seemed like I spent a fair amount of time waiting for something exciting to happen. The characters lacked any strong development so that they felt more like caricatures than real people. But I think this book was more of a case where it didn't work for me and my own personal tastes. Readers who don't mind a fantasy book with a slower pace would likely enjoy it, particularly with the creative plot. There isn't much resolution at the end of this first book, clearly setting it up for a sequel where I anticipate there will be many more revelations regarding Raim's situation. For those of you are curious about this book and think it sounds like something you'd enjoy, I encourage you to check out my friend Christa's review of The Oathbreaker's Shadow on her blog More Than Just Magic for a different take on the book from what I shared here. Review copy received from Random House Canada; no other compensation was more
by Brenna Staats
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