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I listened to the audiobook too so a word about the performance as well: Voice: Vanessa Moyen is good at this so this book is narrated perfectly, with easy to recognize different voices for all the characters and very natural intonation for every situation so listening is very relaxing and fun. Excellent job!
Story: Wow, just... Wow! I did not expect to get so ecstatic over this book and it was probably a bad idea to start this book in the evening but I don’t mind being robbed of my sleep for gaining this gem of a story! It just was that good that it left me too euphoric to sleep, I think I resembled being hyped up on some stimulants or something because I could not pause this book for something so ordinary or boring as sleep lol. I totally get the comparison with Sarah J. Maas, her first book left me in a similar state, although that book took me a bit longer to get through, but in all fairness: I read ToG myself and listened to this book so comparing isn’t exactly fair. It might be me evolving but I think I found this book a bit easier and definitely more captivating than Throne of Glass, although that book will remain a favorite nontheless but it’s not all action all the time, there’s more romance going on in ToG so of course Oath Taker will be more captivating if it barely contains all that romance (although you do get some tension and sparks that kind of leaves a promise for a bit of romance further along the series).
Audrey Grey excels at worldbuilding and dialogues, every bit of the story is fact-paced and every scene adds to the story. I love the characters, the mortals and immortal races each have their own specific features. I love the way that the immortals thinking about the mortals is portrayed. It’s very realistic in my opinion. Although it is fantasy, there’s still a... let’s call it a vibe, that makes it believable or not and this all feels so natural and logical. The characters all have dept, well, beside the mysterious ‘Creature’, he needs to be vague for the moment. I have an idea but it will surely be revealed in a sequel. But they each have their own past that lingers on their shoulders, coloring their (rash) decisions or actions. All that character building gives for a plethora of funny little details in their interactions. I love all the witty remarks from our feisty mortal and the fun, rude, bored or stoic comments from the immortals from both the light as the dark side often turn into delicious dry humour. But still, there are enough serious conversations too so it’s not a comedy. It’s more of a captivating suspenseful fantasy story of epic proportions that needs to be translated to every language and needs to be made into a movie or series!
I just love everything about this book and you will too if you like:
- books that are not written for kids - new adult fantasy - a strong female lead - morally grey characters - enemies to lovers - slow and steady world building that starts with a bang! - sarcasm, a looooot of it ;)
Totally new world that I couldn't explore fast enough! Immediately bought the next books
Oh wie hab ich mich auf das Buch gefreut und ich wusste aber nicht so recht, was auf mich zukommt ... oder wer :) Und was kann ich sagen? Ich war von Anfang an begeistert! Ein toller Auftakt einer großartigen Reihe! Und man hat alles dabei, was das Fantasy Herz braucht - eine starke Prota, die auf alle schaut, nur nicht auf sich, zwei sehr unterschiedliche, potentielle Bookboyfriends, die es Haven nicht immer leicht machen, und natürlich aber auch starke Freunde.
Das Set-up, das Setting, der Verlauf der Geschichte ist spannend und ich konnte nicht aufhören zu lesen. Für mich ist Buch 1 sowas die der Einstieg in eine ganz großartige Geschichte. Hier gibt es noch so viel zu entdecken, zu erkunden und zu verstehen, denn was hier wirklich gespielt wird, das muss man mit Haven herausfinden. Toll fand ich auch, dass man auch manchmal die Sichtweise von Bell oder Acheron zu lesen bekam - somit hat man einfach mehr Einblick!
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I don’t know if it was the cover or the description or the fact that I’ve had some pretty mediocre reads lately, but I didn’t expect a lot from this book. However, I ended up quite enjoying it! The world is interesting and I think the author built it well. I didn’t give a full 4 stars because there were some parts of the characters’ backstories that didn’t feel very fleshed out to me and there was never much opportunity for the plot to slow down in order to explain some things.
Also—I was both surprised and impressed at the author’s lack of using romance in this book. It was mostly about friendship and one’s own identity. It was kind of…refreshing. Now was there a little bit of romantic tension? Yes, but nothing that seemed unrealistic. The emotions Haven occasionally felt towards the potential romantic interests were very natural for being around characters described as beautiful, but dangerous. She is surprisingly restrained and I was so thankful I didn’t have to suffer much second hand embarrassment as she navigated those touches of attraction here and there. The romantic interests were also very reserved which was different.
Oath Taker by Audrey Grey is the first book in her new series – Kingdom of Runes. In this fascinating book the author introduces readers to a world where light magic is forbidden and dark magic spells death. A curse hangs over the land, and any who hold magic are taken by the Shade Queen and destroyed by her daughter on a full moon. Haven, the main character, is saved by Prince Bell as a young girl and decides to dedicate her life to him as his protector. But their lives are about to change. Prince Bell is abducted by a Shade Lord, and Haven is determined to save him and break the Curse that binds the lands if she can. I am an avid fan of Audrey Grey and let me just say this…this book does NOT disappoint. It was so hard to put down, and when I absolutely had to I couldn’t stop thinking about…what happens next?! Haven is one of those characters that both gets on my nerves and one that I rooted for the whole way. LOL! I love her dedication to the Prince even though…I hate to say…he’s a bit of a weakling. I hate to say that I was a bit disappointed in that fact. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I can understand it to an extent. The path that he is on is not the one that he would have chosen for himself, and it shows. Acheron is an engaging and interesting character. The author gives us little hints and teases at his past…where he came from, but she keeps most of it shrouded in mystery. Stolas is another interesting character for me. Honestly, he’s the one that I find myself quite drawn to. Both of these men are arrogant, but I love that there is more to them than meets the eye. There honestly isn’t much that I don’t like about this book. As I stated earlier I have this love/hate thing going on when it comes to Haven, but I understand it. I find myself disappointed in her when she allows her own selfishness to take hold and blind her to the potential consequences of her actions. I saw this several times in this book and her knee jerk response was always “she didn’t think.” In the realms of sounding snarky…that much was obvious. But I like that at the end of the day…all of this is thoroughly planned out by the author. She’s making Haven as real as possible, and so Haven is very flawed. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. It’s an exceptional story and I loved every minute of it. Prepare to be teased with the ending! Yes, there is a bit of a cliffhanger. It’s nothing too intense…unless you read the preview for book two. I refrained…just barely. LOL! But I am eagerly anticipating the next book in this series. There is a bit of romance and I am eager to see where it goes…and whom with as well. If you are a fan of this author then I highly recommend you grab this book!
The ending was good! However the entire beginning and middle was extremely hard to get through. I know world building and references to build such world are needed. But I hate when authors over explain things especially details. It is also frustrating when they try to name every single person (non MCs), object, sword, building etc. sometimes a dagger can just be a dang dagger. Or fear can just be fear, it doesn’t need a overly explained three page reference.
Another thing that had me re-reading A LOT of the scenes was the chaos of them. It was hard in several moments to imagine what was happening as the writing was really choppy and mixed with more overly exaggerated inner monologues.
All in all the book is still worth 4 stars for the story, but I hope the lengthy inner monologues aren’t so annoying in future books.
This is the first I've read by this author and I am quite impressed by the writing. There are vivid images drawn from the word building of the creatures that wander the Neatherworld and you can just see the horror of how the shadow queen looks and feel her darkness. I can't quiet make out Haven tho, she co.we across as very young almost a child but I don't think she is supposed to be which makes her confusing as she is also the female lead. I am looking forward to finding out how Havan's mission turns out and what she actually is.
Seventeen-year-old Haven is sworn to protect Prince Bellamy, her best friend, and spends her nights hunting monsters. When a monster takes Bell, part of a Curse in the land, Haven must ally with the immortal Archeron to try to save him. Struggling to understand her light and dark magic, Haven wishes to be more help along their journey, but despite her desire to break the Curse, magic comes with a price…
The story engaged me from the start. I liked Haven and Archeron, though Bell felt a little flat and weak. Stolas was a wonderfully creepy character.
I needed more world-building and character development throughout the book though—about the land, the magic system, the curse, and Haven’s backstory.
At the 20% mark I was still a little disoriented, wondering what the main conflict/quest of the book was going to be.
The overall pace of action was good; I easily read through to the end. But unfortunately it just… ended.
This book kicked off a lot of conflicts and alliances that I am sure are explored in the rest of the series and eventually resolved, but there was no single quest, problem, or story arc in this book that came to a satisfactory resolution by the end. I’m a little bit curious what happens next but likely won’t continue the series based on my experience with book one.
Full of adventure and action. Not sure which of the two alluring males she'll end up with - one being married ( even though it's to a long dead woman clinging to life by devouring mortal hearts) and the other pining after a long dead but reanimated? skeleton queen. Still it's fun to figure out. I love the world- building and the quest like atmosphere. No spice so far.