Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Book Review: Dragon's Oath by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Dragon's Oath
Author: P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin (July 12, 2011)

Description: The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him

In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.

Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world.... In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all? 

My Thoughts: When I like a series, I want more about the characters than an author can reasonably fit into one text. Therefore, I was please to see that the Casts were planning to do a series of novellas that focused on some of those characters.

This story about Dragon and his love Anastasia added great depth to two of the characters in the House of Night books. I liked learning what made Dragon the man he is. I liked finding out more about Anastasia's background too. She's a new young professor of spells; he's a fledgling. She is asked by a number of other fledglings for love spells so that they can attract him. She decides to cast a spell so that those who are fascinated with him can see him clearly. She is surprised by what she sees.

The story was a well-written glimpse into the lives of both Dragon and Anastasia that lets readers know where they came from. I also liked the illustrations that dotted the story.

Favorite Quote:
She stared into his eyes and became lost in what she saw: the kindness and strength, integrity and humor, wisdom and love, utter and complete love. Within his eyes Anastasia recognized everything she'd ever imagined a man to be.
I bought this one at Amazon. You can get yours there too.

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