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14 December 2010

Book Review: The Sacred Oath

The Sacred Oath (The Guardians Series)The Sacred Oath by D.C. Grace

Cover graphic and description courtesy of Goodreads.

Publication Date: 13 August 2010

I received an ebook of The Sacred Oath from the author as a participant in The Teen {Book} Scene Blog Tour.

Some promises are to die for… Angelina has spent her whole life thinking she was a witch like her mother. But when her family leaves the dusty reservation roads of New Mexico for the forested hills of Wisconsin, all that changes. Dasan Tallchief, Alpha of The Guardians of the Sacred Oath, walks into Angelina's life. Suddenly, her head is full of native drumbeats and mysterious voices that pull her toward him. And the closer they become, the more they discover that her talents with witchcraft are just the tip of the iceberg. Soon everything Angelina has ever known about her life seems to be a lie. All of the answers surround the Book of Raziel, and as the truth is revealed, Dasan becomes the only link that can keep Angelina from being trapped in her own mind, forever.

My Thoughts:

The Tweet
The supernatural meets tribal culture in this story of romance and intrigue told from the point of view of several different characters.

What Worked (for me)
I loved the supernatural aspect of The Sacred Oath. Grace had a whole host of supernatural beings in her story, but she did a great job of blending all the characters and their backgrounds so that readers were not too overwhelmed. I also liked how Grace incorporated the histories of Angelina and Dasan's tribes into the story. I love historical fiction and I was impressed with how well Grace interwove history with the present to tell the stories of the indigenous people's past.

I also liked how the story ended. It seems as if all the books I have read recently are the first in a series. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against this, but they all seem to end on a cliffhanger, leaving me to wait another year to find out what happens. The Sacred Oath, however, had a definite ending to the plotline, but still left room for the next book to pick up and continue on. I'm looking forward to the next book, but I'm not left frustrated that I have to wait to find out how the story ends.

The Sacred Oath is an intriguing story. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it any readers of young adult fiction that like the supernatural and learning about the histories of other cultures.



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