"Oath of the Brotherhood" is a Christian fantasy novel. It's the first in a series. It doesn't end with a cliffhanger, but it does end with the main goal (to get the harp) still not accomplished so it felt more serial than stand-alone.
The story wasn't bogged down in world-building detail yet the author still created an interesting culture and overarching conflict. I liked the characters, and I liked that the characters were willing to sacrifice to help others. That's what drew me to heroic fantasy when I was young.
The beginning was intriguing and the ending was exciting, but the middle lacked suspense. Conor received the training that he needed, but this training was largely described in highlight events as the years pass. There wasn't much ongoing conflict during that time, just learning new skills and momentary obstacles. If a problem came up, someone promptly made a noble sacrifice to remove that obstacle for Conor. Still, the story was an enjoyable read.
The Christian allegory was done well, both in not feeling forced into the story and in sound teachings (about trusting God). The Christian values were pretty obvious even though God and Jesus are given different names, but I think the audience is Christians who like heroic fantasy novels. There is magic (like help knowing what needs healing and wards of protection), and it's explained as a gift given by God. There was no sex or bad language. I'd recommend this novel to Christians who enjoy heroic fantasy.
I received this book as an ARC ebook from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes.
Oath of the Brotherhood is a young adult, fantasy, Christian novel. I've really been starting to enjoy fantasy so I was excited to read this book. It is definitely on point with many of the other young adult fantasy out there but because it is Christian it is safer for your teens to read. It is set on an island at the edge of the world with an ancient prophecy and a reclusive brotherhood. A young man named Conor is the main character. He is a disappointment to his father because he is hopeless with a sword but great with the harp. But when his path crosses with the Firein brotherhood will he be the one they are looking for. When the kingdoms go to war and evil encroaches the land will Conor be willing to sacrifice all he loves in order to help save the kingdoms?
I truly enjoyed this book. It had lots of adventure and a great plot line. There was also a little romance but it was extremely tastefully done. There are also many good lessons to learn about our faith and trusting Jesus. The only thing I would say is before you have your teen read it make sure they understand when they talk about certain characters it is a allegory of the Christian faith. And make sure they see the glossary in the back. It helps you pronounce the odd names as well as understand some of the less clear stuff.
Oath of the Brotherhood was one of those books that quickly captivated my attention and did not let it go until it was finished. The characters are so believable and the plot was very well done. The author reminds me a little of C.S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia and I loved the world that the author created: it was so original yet I could easily picture it in my mind. The main character is Conor and though he has special gifts, he is not loved by his father who sees him more as an embarrassment than the talented young man that he is. Like many fantasies, there is even an element of romance between Conor and a young lady named Aine. Like Conor, Aine is also gifted but with the ability to heal. Of course, the two are torn because decisions made by both keep them separated and both become a target by evil because of their gifts. I really loved this book and it is a must read for any who love the fantasy genre.