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.
I really had mixed feelings about this novel! I didn't fully get into it until about halfway and I think that was due to me not having a connection with Conor! It was really hard for me to relate to him, but with Aine it was totally different! I absolutely loved her as a character and she was the one who really kept the first part of the book alive for me because otherwise I think I would have stopped reading!
However, I'm really glad I didn't though because the story picked up significantly for me and had me enraptured! There was so much action and a little bit of romance weaved in! I was absolutely amazed at Conor's change throughout the entire novel and how his faith shaped him! There were quite a few surprises that were mixed in there too that had me on the edge of my seat!
The Gospel is very solid in this story and is told with such truth! I absolutely loved how she did not shy away from telling that truth and how God is very active in our lives! Granted at times it was a little hard for me in mixing the faith and what they called magic together, but I understood what she was trying to say.
Overall I am very excited about the next novel in the series! My expectations were very high and so I expected a lot more from this one! If you stick with these characters there sure to leave you enchanted in wanting to read more!
I give Oath of the Brotherhood by C.E Laureano a 3.5/4 stars!
*(I received this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review! All thoughts expressed are my personal opinion and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
This book has it all. There are complicated and intense political tensions, fascinating magic, heroes, romance, and surprises. Some scenes are both allegorical and interesting stories within the tale. There are clans and domains to keep track of, and battles to follow; and the magic is central to the story. The main characters grow and are strengthened on their quests. The author portrays these characters so well that I feel connected to them. Her world-building is beautiful and detailed. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to the next one.