Blood Oath (Darkest Drae, #1) by Raye Wagner, Kelly St. Clare

Blood Oath (Darkest Drae, #1) by Raye Wagner, Kelly St. ClareBlood Oath (Darkest Drae, #1) by Raye Wagner, Kelly St. Clare
on November 9th 2017

Dark Fantasy. Dragons. Intrigue. Romance.

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 and 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.

I’ve never been a huge high fantasy fan, but lately I’ve felt more daring to give books like Blood Oath a chance. I’m so glad I took the chance, because this book was so much fun!

Our main character Ryn, is well-balanced and easy to love. She’s stubborn, and funny, and doesn’t let people push her around. She has a tendency to throw herself headfirst into precarious situations, but I could easily excuse her recklessness, because she does it mostly out of love and kindness for others. I was devastated when Ryn lost her mother in the beginning of the book, and I was angry when it was revealed her mother had been keeping a lot of important secrets from her. I was quickly invested in Ryn and her difficult journey.

Lord Irrik is one of those delicious,  dark and broody guys that make your ovaries go nuts. He’s a drae (dragon shifter) who has spent most of his life destroying villages and killing people for a hideous, cruel king. When Ryn is kidnapped and tossed into the king’s dungeon, she spends a lot of time with Lord Irrik. She doesn’t excuse the horrible things Lord Irrik does, but she does start to accept that there’s more to his situation. I’m a sucker for that brooding bad boy who has the potential to find redemption, so of course I fell hard and fast for the sexy drae. Ryn and Lord Irrik’s relationship is complicated from the beginning, and only gets more difficult throughout the book.

Ryn’s world kind of reminded me of The Hunger Games, because there’s different sections of the kingdom that cultivate different things. In The Hunger Games it was food, trees, coal etc., but in Blood Oath each sector cultivates a different type of crop. Everyone in these sections are peasants and slaves to a king who rules in the center with a bloody fist.

The ending of Blood Oath was devastating, and shocking, and left me incredibly enticed for book two. Blood Oath only introduced a small part of Ryn’s world, and I’m really looking forward to learning more about the other kingdoms in book two, Shadow Wings.

Seriously, read this book if u love dragon shifters, high fantasy, and extremely strong and resilient heroines. This book has characters you’ll immediately love, and magic you’ve never seen before.