- Title: The Oathbreaker's Shadow
- Author: Amy McCulloch
- ISBN: 9780738744056
- Page: 313
- Format: Paperback
In the land of Darhan, promises are bound by magic, tied into knots, and worn with pride Those who break them are physically scarred, cast out into the desert, and stalked by vengeful shadows of their treachery Fifteen year old Raim, the best young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard, has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember He doIn the land of Darhan, promises are bound by magic, tied into knots, and worn with pride Those who break them are physically scarred, cast out into the desert, and stalked by vengeful shadows of their treachery Fifteen year old Raim, the best young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard, has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember He doesn t know where it came from and barely thinks about it at all But on the most important day of his life, when Raim agrees to give his life as a warrior to the future king, that knot bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin Now scarred as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options run or die.
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I have only one word to describe The Oathbreaker’s Shadow. Painful. It’s a rare book I would compare to an instrument of torture, but there are so many things wrong with this, between the massive infodumps, the meandering story, the loose plot threads that go nowhere, the poorly thought out magic system, the fast and loose characterizations, the blatant cultural (mis)appropriation, I am not exaggerating when I say I literally felt like I was being tortured every time I read one more agonizin [...]
I know it is often a part of a fantasy review, but it's so true. An original and unique magic system in a book is like finding a wonderful new spice in a dish. It gives the tale a unique flavor.This is a tale of friendship and loyalty and betrayal. Of power and outcasts. It's a good solid story. I recommend it.
I was so incredibly bored reading this that I decided to vacuum the ceiling halfway through for an interesting break. GAH. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. I love fantasy and I particularly love fantasy that aren't set in Western cultures. This has a desert and Mongol flair. Exceptat's all it is. A flair. Because we forgot to add in a bit of culture there as well. GAHHHHHHH. But seriously I loved the premise of this book so so much. Which is why I'm so disappointed I was bored and felt like napping through [...]
3.5 stars - I struggled with the book at first because I was bored with all of the history that McCulloch felt the need to lay out all at once and frustrated with way too many characters for me to keep track of that I had to keep looking back. But the story picked up about the halfway point, and I found myself really liking it. I am, however, frustrated that I still have so many questions, but I am eager for the next one to come out.First of all, I think the concept is really interesting. Howeve [...]
Fantasy Review BarnA person’s word is all they have. Never has this been truer than in the world of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow. The nomadic group central to the story doesn’t just believe in keeping promises, they enforce it. Each promise made requires a knot to be tied; a magical binding with grave consequences if broken. Before a certain age breaking a promise results in a painful lesson. But lessons are for children and there comes a point where the consequences are much more dire. Breaki [...]
Eh?!This is hurting my head.Like, giving me an actual migraine. Or what I think a migraine feels like. I've never had one before or I did and I just couldn't identify it. When DOES a headache turn into a migraine? Is there a significant and distinguishable margin, like you coalesce from one range of pain into another much more terrible one? Or is it just more cool to say you've got a migraine? I'm not good at biology. The only thing I've figured out by far is that migraine gives you that weird p [...]
Recommended for fans of: YA FantasyThe premise for this fantasy novel is unique and I love the idea that there are real consequences to breaking a promise. You are immediately thrown into Raim’s world, and McCulloch’s world building is fantastic. I also like how severe and unwavering Raim’s society is. They have rules for a reason and breaking those rules means banishment. Even Raim’s status can’t save him. It’s a set up for a fast-paced, suspenseful story.
The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is a book written by one of the country’s most renowned and talented editors, Amy McCullough of Harper Voyager. That’s right; adviser has become applicant in a bold move that surely places a lot of pressure on her shoulders to perform. You see, over the years Amy has worked on books by George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb and Raymond E. Feist, and leads the editing process on work by new and upcoming stars such as Blake Charlton, James Smythe and Janet Edwards too! Her j [...]
Amy McCulloch's "The Oathbreaker's Shadow" sets up as an interesting story and magic system, before going off the rails. The likeable main character Raim, is training to be a member of the Yun, the elite warriors for the Khan. His best friend, is Khareh, the son of the Khan, but while Raim likes Khareh, he is blind to his implied faults, which McCullouch implies to the reader. Raim and Khareh want to swear oaths to each other when they are of age.Promises to each other are imbued with power. Whe [...]
When I saw this book's cover, I instantly thought of Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie Prince of Persia!
I really loved The Oathbreaker's Shadow. It really feels like an epic fantasy with a rich and complex world, all without being bogged down by tiresome commentary or exposition. Raim’s world is fully realized without sacrificing the plot’s pacing, the story is exciting and imaginative, and the ending left me wanting to read the next book immediately to find out what happens. The Mongolian influence also sets it apart from other epic fantasy stories. I think it would appeal to fans of George R [...]
(Really 4.5*)I really enjoyed this: the world, characters, magic and the story were great.There were a couple of minor issues with flow, and maybe a passage here or there which didn't quite work for me, but I am absolutely champing at the bit for book two.McCulloch's created a world that is very easy to sink in to, and I was hooked from the start. Love the Mongolian-esque feel.I also have an idea of how Raim will win in the end, but I'm not 100% sure I'm right. Frustrating I'll have to wait so l [...]
A wonderful, rich YA epic fantasy with a Mongolian influence with great characters and a message of the value of promises and the consequences of breaking them. Full review/blurb pending.
In Darhan, promises are everything. When you make a vow, it is bound by magic and tied into a promise knot, which you wear until the day you die. Should you break that vow, you become an outcast, scarred and unwanted, doomed to wander the desert where your every move is dogged by a merciless spirit known as a haunt.Fifteen-year-old Raim has had a promise knot around his wrist since he was born. No-one can tell him why, or what promise was made, but he hardly notices it any more: he’s too busy [...]
Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes 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 break a promise (and thus the knot that binds you to the person you promised to) you'll be tormented by that person's shadow (a piece of their soul) and exiled. [...]
In THE OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW, Amy McCulloch develops a fascinating land where promises are bound with string and breaking them makes you an exile, followed by an angry shadow. Raim has had a promise string around his wrist since he was born, and the day he comes of age, he breaks that promise. How can he be forgiven if he does not know who he wronged? Why is his shadow different?These two questions are a fraction of what drives the plot. There is a lot happening in THE OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW, from [...]
An exciting YA fantasy adventure set in a vivid and fascinating world. I loved the magic in this novel. I’d recommended to fans of Zoë Marriott.
Wow. That was a wild ride. Review to come.
Amy McCulloch has created a very interesting world where promises made have much higher consequences than we are used to. Promises are made by tying knots and if your break your word you are not only scarred for life but also followed around by a shadow that shows the whole world you are an oathbreaker. Oathbreaker's are ostracised by the rest of society and forced out into the desert alone as exiles. If they manage to survive the journey there is one place they can go but they will never be all [...]
Initial thoughts: 4-5 stars. Fantastic debut for author Amy McColloch. Loved the world, the characters, the story. Suitable for middle grades and up. Well done. The review: I really enjoyed The Oathkeeper’s Shadow. Right away, I was transported to a world where one’s word carries a lot of weight. No broken promises here. A broken oath is a heinous crime and the oathbreaker is subjected to either death or excommunication.In addition, an oathbreaker is followed by a shadow, usually the spirit [...]
2.5 StarsI was so excited to read this book. It has such a unique concept and setting, so I was all pumped to start reading. Not 10 chapters later I was already struggling to keep goingI don't even know what was really the problem. Yes the pace was really slow at the start (Read 80%) but it's not like nothing at all was happening. The writing was excellent and Raim was alright for the most part. I guess it was just a combination of all the little things that started bothering me.The slow pacing, [...]
2.5 StarsI wanted to like this book more than I did. I really have to admit that I probably gave it more credit/rated it higher because I REALLY like desert fantasy books.I thought the world-building is better than the story/characters. But really it's the writing that is probably the worst element.The info-dumping is very confusing. She tries so hard not to info dump-- to put the info in story related ideas but it's just so disjointed and confusing. Once the action gets going, things get better [...]
An exciting debut that mixed several fantasy tropes but with a unique magic system and a desert landscape managed to enthrall me thoroughly. A debut that is very indicative of the author's imagination and I'll be very much excited for the sequel.
A richly detailed YA fantasy with a heroic, sympathetic hero we can cheer for. Excellent world building! Well done, Amy!
Originally on The Fictional ReaderI requested this book on Netgalley immediately after reading the synopsis. When I got approved, I was so excited! The premise sounds amazing to me and I had quite high expectations by then. I must say that I was not disappointed.In the beginning of the novel, I was quite confused. There were a number of names of people, places and tribes and I didn’t really know anything about the world beforehand. So all the names that were thrown at me dazed me a bit. The fi [...]
Kat's ReviewI love supporting Canadian authors, so I jumped at the chance to review a copy of this book. The cover is incredible, and the synopsis intrigued me. It sounded like such an adventurous story, the type I would want my sons to read when they're old enough. Ms. McCulloch builds a complex world that requires quite a bit of investment on the part of the reader, particularly for the first third of the book. This could get a bit tedious for some readers, but I think that it makes sense as t [...]
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 be ok with them being exiled out of the community? If yes, then let me ask you this: What if you made a promise you couldn’t remember and at anytime you could break it? Would you want to live in [...]
**I received this ebook for free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**The Oathbreaker's Shadow tells the story of a people who make vows with consequences for breaking them. They carry their vows as knots that are worn. The oathbreakers are scarred by their knots (like a brand), exiled into the desert, and haunted by a shadow of the person they made the vow to. Vows are not typically made until adulthood - as you can imagine the little promises children make and break between friends [...]
I loved this book. I love the concept of using magic to bind promises. I love the idea of being literally bound to your word with the knots. I found the setting very interesting. The characters were a little stiff at times, but this could be excused because of the extremely formal culture they were in. I think the haunts of the oathbreakers are fascinating, especially once we learn more about them. There's good foreshadowing, symbolism, world building. everything I demand from a fantasy story.Th [...]
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