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In a world that has known only peace, a Warrior-King has arisen. His Gnome army swarms unhindered through the Forest. Refugees scatter. And the Three Avatars of the Dragon have chosen sides in their contest to restore the peace … or to shatter it for all time. In the midst of this chaos stands Tayna, a runaway orphan from the streets of our world, who must make an impossibl In a world that has known only peace, a Warrior-King has arisen. His Gnome army swarms unhindered through the Forest. Refugees scatter. And the Three Avatars of the Dragon have chosen sides in their contest to restore the peace … or to shatter it for all time. In the midst of this chaos stands Tayna, a runaway orphan from the streets of our world, who must make an impossible choice: find the parents she had thought were long dead… …or embrace her destiny and save the freaking world.


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In a world that has known only peace, a Warrior-King has arisen. His Gnome army swarms unhindered through the Forest. Refugees scatter. And the Three Avatars of the Dragon have chosen sides in their contest to restore the peace … or to shatter it for all time. In the midst of this chaos stands Tayna, a runaway orphan from the streets of our world, who must make an impossibl In a world that has known only peace, a Warrior-King has arisen. His Gnome army swarms unhindered through the Forest. Refugees scatter. And the Three Avatars of the Dragon have chosen sides in their contest to restore the peace … or to shatter it for all time. In the midst of this chaos stands Tayna, a runaway orphan from the streets of our world, who must make an impossible choice: find the parents she had thought were long dead… …or embrace her destiny and save the freaking world.

30 review for Oath Keeper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nights

    WHAT???? WHY WOULD YOU END THE BOOK LIKE THAT??!?? *Takes a deep breath to compose herself* Sorry about that. Okay so, first off, I am really sorry it took me that long to read this AMAZING book. So, yeah, sorry bout that. Now, there MAY be spoilers, I'm not sure. Just finished the book like... a minute ago, so yeah. Processing. Okay, so, where do I begin? The writing was excellent and can I just say how much I love Tayna? It's hilarious that we have similar senses of humor. But now on to my main p WHAT???? WHY WOULD YOU END THE BOOK LIKE THAT??!?? *Takes a deep breath to compose herself* Sorry about that. Okay so, first off, I am really sorry it took me that long to read this AMAZING book. So, yeah, sorry bout that. Now, there MAY be spoilers, I'm not sure. Just finished the book like... a minute ago, so yeah. Processing. Okay, so, where do I begin? The writing was excellent and can I just say how much I love Tayna? It's hilarious that we have similar senses of humor. But now on to my main point: Cliffhangers galore. I mean really? Every persons story was a cliffhanger (brilliantly written, by the way. Had me on the edge of my seat, and that never happens!), so yeah. Mission accomplished. I NEED the 3rd book. I may add to this later, but right now, still processing and such. So yeah. Brilliantly amazing book and I cannot wait to see what happens next :D And now please allow me a moment to attempt to convey my feelings about having a cliffhanger: SIEHRIEUWRHEHREWKRSIUFHEW UREURHEFUJNFUEWRE IUSEHTYENHFHREWR USHFKEJFSODIFJELFHSEOH. Thank You for reading! I won this from a First Reads giveaway.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Updated: I had to up this to a five star review, because even though I stand by everything I wrote down below, I'm getting really antsy for the third book. If I'm still that interested in the series after a couple of years, it has to have resonated really well. Change the note about the 3.5 to 4.5: I wish there was more nuance to the ratings. Read the below, that's the ticket. All in all, I liked "Oath Keeper". I would recommend it, especially to the young fantasy readers I know, and I'm glad I r Updated: I had to up this to a five star review, because even though I stand by everything I wrote down below, I'm getting really antsy for the third book. If I'm still that interested in the series after a couple of years, it has to have resonated really well. Change the note about the 3.5 to 4.5: I wish there was more nuance to the ratings. Read the below, that's the ticket. All in all, I liked "Oath Keeper". I would recommend it, especially to the young fantasy readers I know, and I'm glad I read it. Just don't read it if you really hate clichéd protagonists, or you feel that fantasy needs to limit itself to elves and dwarves. (On that last point, you are absolutely wrong, and reading this book will prove it to you.) I wish there was a 3.5 on this rating scale. I enjoyed "Oath Keeper" more than "Strange Places" (the first book of the "Finding Tayna" series), but not quite enough to give it a 4. Don't get me wrong: a 3 from me is a good rating. I was upset when I got the the last page and saw there was nothing more to read, and I'll re-read this book someday in the future. I would definitely recommend it to the young fantasy readers I know. I still have some issues with the plot and protagonists, but in a fantasy world this rich and varied, it's easy to lose those minor complaints amongst all the positives you'll encounter. There are potential spoilers below (I'm trying to word things so that they aren't spoilers, but it depends on how good your prescience is). "Oath Keeper" makes some of the same missteps that "Strange Places" did. Some of the side stories seem incredibly irrelevant (especially Elicand's). The main protagonists, Eliza and Tayna, are still spunky-orphans-with-magic-powers, quick with a quip and obviously stronger than anyone realizes or gives them credit for. The conspiracy in Grimorl is just too big for me to suspend belief. But Smith more than makes up for it with everything else. "Oath Keeper" takes place in a fantastic world. I'm usually a story-reader, and while I don't actively try to ignore character and setting, plot is usually the only thing I'm here for. But, in both "Strange Places" and "Oath Keeper", Smith has created a fantasy world that I find deep and compelling. My review of "Strange Places' had nothing but good things to say about the world Smith built, and especially the races that inhabit it, and I would take that a step farther now, and say only great things. Smith has created an amazing trio of races to inhabit Methilien, and he has thankfully avoided making one of them be the enemy. There are good people, bad people, and neutral people in each camp, and the races beyond the main three seem to offer even more possibilities. I was worried that the Gnomes would be treated like an inherently evil race, but Smith avoids that completely. There's no Gnomelishi redemption. They, as a race, never went bad to begin with. The magic in Methilien keeps blowing me away. It's different from anything else you read, more organic and subtle and accepted as a part of life by the residents. The magic of Grimorl has an AWESOME counterpoint to the magic of Methilien.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    First, I would like to say Thank You to Mr. Smith for the complimentary advance Kindle copy of this book. Now, on to the review. When I reviewed Strange Places (Finding Tayna #1) I talked about the content of the book, but I do not want to do that here. I would prefer to talk about the overall feel of this book. Mr Smith has created and amazingly complex world with multiple sentient races. While many people have created wonderful fantasy realms the one thing that is different here is that there is First, I would like to say Thank You to Mr. Smith for the complimentary advance Kindle copy of this book. Now, on to the review. When I reviewed Strange Places (Finding Tayna #1) I talked about the content of the book, but I do not want to do that here. I would prefer to talk about the overall feel of this book. Mr Smith has created and amazingly complex world with multiple sentient races. While many people have created wonderful fantasy realms the one thing that is different here is that there is no good race/bad race thing going on. There are good people and bad people in each of the races just like there are in real life and this, while not unique, is certainly uncommon in the fantasy realm. This book is also not a standalone novel. If you try to read it without reading book 1 of the series you will be utterly confused. There is also very little closure of any of the open story lines here. This feels more like the 2nd installment of a serialized novel than a traditional trilogy. This is not necessarily a bad thing but when you finish this book you certainly are left wishing there was more to it and more closure to some of the story lines. Now, as to the plot lines. There are a lot of them going on at once. It does seem as if they will all eventually meet up with wherever the series ends up, but there is so much jumping from scene to scene and character to character that the book feels disjointed, especially in the first third of it. As was true of the first book in the series I still see no reason why the Elicand/Shondu story line is here. It adds nothing to the story to this point and the empathink communications method that was invented for them to talk is not fun to read. Hopefully this part of the story line actually has a purpose in the next book. Overall, this was an enjoyable read, especially the last 2/3rds of the book. I am left wanting to know more about the characters and find myself pulling for Tayna and Eliza to get answers to their questions. When you can get your reader to feel for and identify with your characters the author has done a good job in the writing and I am certainly looking forward to the third (and final?) installment of this series. I want to know what happens!! As a minor sidenote, the editing of the book was very good as I only noticed a few very minor typos, certainly no more than would be expected from any major release, and as this was a pre-release copy, it is even more noticeable that the editing was good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna M. Watson

    Oath Keeper is the sequel to Strange Places by Jefferson Smith. For the most part, Oath Keeper was more enjoyable and better written than book 1, but there were things I liked about Strange Places more. I'll start with the positives: This book was well-written. I only caught 4-5 typos, which is decent. The dialogue varied among different characters and flowed well, the writing is clever and uses a wide variety of vocabulary, and the plot is complex and interesting. Generally, the author also remi Oath Keeper is the sequel to Strange Places by Jefferson Smith. For the most part, Oath Keeper was more enjoyable and better written than book 1, but there were things I liked about Strange Places more. I'll start with the positives: This book was well-written. I only caught 4-5 typos, which is decent. The dialogue varied among different characters and flowed well, the writing is clever and uses a wide variety of vocabulary, and the plot is complex and interesting. Generally, the author also reminded readers of things that happened in book 1 as well, which was nice, since I read book 1 a long time ago and had basically forgotten it all. Some things I didn't like so much: The top reason I love a book is because I fall in love with the characters. This book didn't really do that for me. Here's why... There are a lot of alternative storylines. This is great, and they're well-kept. The problem is that I didn't feel I had enough time with any one character to really get to know him/her. Each chapter was in one storyline (sometimes with multiple POVs in different scenes), and the chapters basically always ended on a cliff-hanger. This is good. It made me want to continue reading. But the problem was that I always had to wait another 5 chapters or so to get back to it! Maybe there are too many alternative plots for me...maybe too many POV characters. The character I most wanted to read more about from Strange Places was Elicand, and he only had 2 or 3 chapters in the entire novel. It made me kind of sad. Something I liked about Strange Places more was that I got more chapters from each character, which helped me get to know them better. I also didn't particularly like how scenes ended within a chapter. It was kind of weird to me because the next scene was often from the same POV literally seconds later. I would have left it all as the same scene to keep the flow a bit better, but that's just me. All in all, I enjoyed it. It was a good read, and I'd recommend it for audiences of 10-14.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Kravetz

    This review is for the Kindle edition ebook. Orphans, demons, gnomes, magic, twists and turns, and excitement, all in one book. You thought life was difficult? A 13-year-old orphan must decide if finding her parents or saving the world is more important. Further, she must do this with the help of strangers. Can she do what needs to be done? I really like this series. The first book was very good at holding my attention. The second book, this one, is also very good at holding onto my attention. As T This review is for the Kindle edition ebook. Orphans, demons, gnomes, magic, twists and turns, and excitement, all in one book. You thought life was difficult? A 13-year-old orphan must decide if finding her parents or saving the world is more important. Further, she must do this with the help of strangers. Can she do what needs to be done? I really like this series. The first book was very good at holding my attention. The second book, this one, is also very good at holding onto my attention. As Tayna's journey continues, this book picks up where the first one ended. This expands nicely on some of those loose ends we encountered in the first book, however, it will still leave the reader wanting more! I want to know what happened to both Eliza and Tayna, now. I am not happy with loose ends in books, and this one is no exception. I find myself thinking about the books for too long after finishing them, and trying to imagine what the characters will do next. Jefferson Smith has woven quite a tale with this series. I find myself rooting for the kids again, and yet, sometimes I just wanted to scream! Yet, sometimes, I had to laugh reading this book. Other times, I took time to think about the plot, and what was happening. And, sometimes, I was quite sad. This book kept my emotions in movement, something very few books can do to me. I can recommend this story to the teenage readers and all who enjoy fantasy. It has enough twists to keep the reader guessing, while most of the answers will be provided if the reader just keeps going. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Thank you to the author for the advanced copy! I think one of my biggest gripes with this book is that I couldn't remember all the details from the first book, which was a problem because the book didn't really help me. It was straight into the story - full speed ahead! Great if you've just finished the first book, not so good if it was about four months ago. The world building in these books is pretty awesome: the sheer inventiveness of the details of each race, the two different worlds, etc., i Thank you to the author for the advanced copy! I think one of my biggest gripes with this book is that I couldn't remember all the details from the first book, which was a problem because the book didn't really help me. It was straight into the story - full speed ahead! Great if you've just finished the first book, not so good if it was about four months ago. The world building in these books is pretty awesome: the sheer inventiveness of the details of each race, the two different worlds, etc., is fascinating and pulls you right on in. Some of the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. The author really hits the nail on the head with the pre-teen phrases and spunky look at the world. I loved that! That being said, I can't give this book a 5/5 rating. I wish I could give it a 3.5/5. It just really didn't always catch my attention. It occasionally felt like a bit of a slog. I felt like I was trying to catch up and figure things out, a bit too much. Maybe there is just too much going on. I'm not sure. I'll definitely read the final book, because I'm hoping it will all come together. I want all of the protagonists to survive and I want to hear more about these gnomes!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Edgett

    I liked the first book in the series (Strange Places), and liked this one even more. It's meatier. The characters are deeper, the world is more complex (and just as original), and the story sucked me right in. I still loved the funny lines (as in Strange Places), but there were also more moments of deep philosophy here, all served up light and sweet with a cherry on top and no heavy aftertaste. My only complaint was the cliffhanger ending... again! But that won't stop me from reading the next bo I liked the first book in the series (Strange Places), and liked this one even more. It's meatier. The characters are deeper, the world is more complex (and just as original), and the story sucked me right in. I still loved the funny lines (as in Strange Places), but there were also more moments of deep philosophy here, all served up light and sweet with a cherry on top and no heavy aftertaste. My only complaint was the cliffhanger ending... again! But that won't stop me from reading the next book in the series. Nice one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dava Stewart

    I read Oath Keeper before it was published, and before I read the first book in the series, Strange Places. It charmed me right away, and I was happy to spend time in the alternate world where the majority of the story takes places. The characters are engaging and the plot lines are intriguing. I love not knowing what will happen next. If you like fantasy, magic, YA with fantasy and magic, you'll probably like this story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I NEED BOOK THREE!! I NEED BOOK THREE!! I NEED BOOK THREE!! I want to visit the world of Methilien and hang out with the Djin like it's a real place I can just magically get to! Thanks for another great book, even with the dastardly cliffhanger! Wish I had read them closer together though, was lost for a bit at the start of the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Creaghan

    I really enjoyed seeing this world (or should I say these worlds?) develop through this novel. There are many characters and strands of story so each only progressed a little through time; we learned a while lot about the history and current situation while leaving some intriguing questions for the finale.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Murakami

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ary Tebeka

  13. 5 out of 5

    Max Halldén

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frank

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shizuo Heiwajima

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deleyna Marr

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ying_ko

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mia Redgrave

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Ader

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raven

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jefferson Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Brown

  25. 4 out of 5

    D.J. Sylvis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barry Caudill

  27. 4 out of 5

    Harlee Quizzagan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Geffert

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam_Reads

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