Waiting on Wednesday (135) - The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch8:00 AM
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Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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Summary (from Random House Canada):
Fans of Philip Pullman, Jonathan Stroud, and George R.R. Martin are going to love this action-filled fantasy novel by an exciting and extremely promotable debut voice in the genre.
In the world of fifteen-year-old Raim, you tie a knot for every promise you make. Break that promise and the knot will burst into flames, scarring your skin and forever marking you as an oathbreaker. Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one seems to know where it came from or which promise it symbolizes, and Raim barely thinks about it at all—especially not since he became the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the day that he binds his life to that of his best friend (and the future king), Khareh, the rope ignites and sears a dark mark into his skin. Scarred now as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options: run or be killed. He chooses to run, taking refuge in the vast desert among a colony of exiled oathbreakers. Will he be able to learn the skills he needs to clear his name? And even if he can, how can he keep a promise he never knew he made in the first place?
The first novel in The Knots Sequence series, The Oathbreaker's Shadow sounds like a promising YA debut by Canadian author Amy McCulloch! I love the concept of this fantasy-adventure novel, and the idea of a knot symbolizing a promise that, if broken, will lead to serious consequences. I'm really curious to learn what kind of promise Raim must have made in his past that would jeopardize everything he's worked towards in his future. I'm sure The Oathbreaker's Shadow will be a very thrilling and exciting novel! I definitely can't wait for it.