Oath of the Brotherhood
Song of Seare, Book 1
By: C.E. Laureano
What: A prince falls short of all of his father’s expectations—from not being able to wield a sword to holding fast to a forbidden faith—but it seems that God has a larger, more dangerous plan for him.
Recommended to those who like: Darker reads, Christian, Romance, Fantasy, Sword Fights, Magic
Where to begin with this book? Even though I decided to write this review a full day after finishing it, I’m still trying to put my thoughts into coherent words.
Conor Mac Nir is everything he shouldn’t be—a scholar, musician, and member of the Balian faith. When he is sent as a hostage to a neighboring kingdom to cement an alliance, he meets Aine, a young woman who appreciates him for what he is. But war looms on the horizon and everything he’s gained is at stake. Does God really have a purpose for all his suffering?
To start, this is a dark book—it reminds me a lot of Macbeth. There are demons/banshees and magic that can be wielded for good or evil. It would definitely be more appropriate for the teen crowd and up, just because of the darker elements of the story. Violence is probably a PG-13 level but isn’t gratuitous.
This book might have made it onto the favorites shelf, but the love element was a little strong for my personal taste, though many would probably enjoy it. If you’ve been reading the blog for very long, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m not a romantic type of gal.
The Christian element is strong, but is well incorporated into the story without being too preachy.
The book covers three years, so there’s quite a bit of action packed into the story without much fluff in between, which is something I definitely appreciated. I wish I could write more about the plot, but I don’t want to give too much away.
What was the last book that scared you a little?