Thursday, January 31, 2013
Book Review: Oath of Servitude
This is the story of Teague and Cailin, two teenagers who have been brought together by fate. Teague, a human, struggles to come to terms with the consequences of a recent accident that has destroyed the happy life that he had once enjoyed. Cailin, a pixi, is trying to stay true to herself while fighting against forces beyond her control that have exiled her from her home into this strange world of humans. She fears the darkness. He cannot escape it. But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light inside of themselves.
I enjoyed this unique tale about pixies. It's so interesting and really drew me in. Definitely a fun, original read!
The characters are all likeable and easy to sympathize with. I felt sorry for Cailin, being away from her family and having to adjust to a new life living with humans. And while I didn't like Teague right away, he turned into a wonderful character that I found myself rooting for. I think he had the most character growth in the story, and I ended up really liking him. I also liked the character of Owen (Teague's dad) and the role he played in the story.
I liked the plot a lot too. I love the idea of a pixi living with humans, and both Teague and Cailin's struggles felt realistic. A good portion of the story is spent on Teague and Cailin, as they slowly become friends. Personally, I liked that the plot was more character-based, rather than full of action. Although, there are certainly some exciting, tense scenes towards the last quarter of the book.
The only thing I didn't like was that, at times, I would get some of the minor pixi characters confused. They were all a bit hard to remember at first. Also, this book could use some editing. There are a few instances where the phrasing sounds odd, and I spotted some places where proper punctuation or capitalization was needed.
But aside from that, this was an enjoyable read. If you're looking for a fresh urban fantasy read, try Oath of Servitude!
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 7 out of 10 (3.5 stars)
~ The Bookworm