Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas, #1) by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

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?

Title: Dragon's Oath

Author: P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Pages: 145

Release Date: July 12, 2011

Source: Publisher

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4/5

*I received this title from the publisher in order to read in exchange for a 100% honest book review.

I have always been a fan of P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast and the House of Night world since the release of the first book in the series, Marked. If you're a fan of House of Night, you're aware of the character of Dragon Lankford, Sword Master of the Tulsa House of Night, but before he was Dragon and a vampyre, he was Bryan Lankford, a noble Englishman who was the son of a notable duke.

This book starts off with Dragon being disowned by his father and ordered on a ship to the Americas from England. While boarding the ship, Dragon is Marked by a vampyre Tracker and his life changes forever--this is when all the action starts. From this point on, a chain of events take place in Dragon's life and it truly changes him forever. He falls in love, confronts his inner humanity, and battles Darkness.

The plot-I loved the plot of this book because of the action and adventure. I'm an avid House of Night fan and totally devoured this book in a half hour or so. I enjoyed seeing the back story of Dragon and how he came to be. We also encountered the semi-life of Anastasia, Dragon's slightly older vampyre lover.

The characters-The characters in P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast's books may seem kind of shallow at times, but Dragon was full of depth. His true emotions poured out in this book, exposing a new side of him.

The setting-I loved the setting--well, settings: London, England and St. Louis, Missouri. I enjoyed seeing the different time eras in this book and look forward to reading the future novellas produced in this House of Night mini-series.

In conclusion, this book was great and I can't wait to read Lenobia's Vow, novella two in the series, which will be released on January 31, 2012. The third book in the series will be titled Neferet's Curse and is expected to release on July 17, 2012 but is subject to change. The fourth novella chronicles the life and times of Kalona and how he fell from divinity to damnation, but a title and a release date has not yet been announced.

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