Blood Oath (The Darkest Drae Book 1)

ByRaye Wagner

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florence boyd
There were several times that I wanted to stop reading this book. It seemed like it was constant torture and pain which got a little old. Toward the middle of the book I did get hooked and wanted to see how it ended, when the main character started fighting back. Lots of twist and turns an ok book.
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I gave it a 2 because of the cover and description only. I won't be mean but this just isn't my scene and the description of this book needs to be rewritten because I would not have given it a second thought if I'd known it was going to be so gruesome. I made it to 30% where the real torture was beginning and I had ta go.

Gore aside, the main character read like she was a young child so it was completely wrong for me to picture her in a mature relationship. How can you just not understand why someone could be so cruel to you while living the life that she introduced as her own?

What's worse is that the villain immediately seems unstoppable for anyone so I find it impossible to think there would be any reason the main character would ever defeat him so why bother reading it all. I'm so glad that I have kindle unlimited.
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kiran jonnalagadda
I loved this story from start to finish. Ryn and Irrick have a rollercoaster relationship with secrets on both sides. I loved how she didn't automatically fall for him in the beginning but developed feelings as the story went on. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a light romance intertwined with kingdom lore.
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This is the 1st book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last. This is one of the best books I have read in a while. I couldn’t put it down from start to finish. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested.
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melissa weisman
This is the second time I have read this book, and with the knowledge I have from finishing the series, it was almost like a brand new book to me. It was even better the second time! Amazing complex characters, and incredible plot and story.
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Wowza! I'm loving it so far and didnt want it to end! Holy smokes, I had suspicions about certain things and I am glad my questions were answered in the end. Although I know one more thing I have a major questioin about and I need the next book now!
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Cruel, passionate, and heartbreaking. Ryn goes through hell days before her birthday. While tortured at the castle, Ryn's will and faith wavers. She loses her beloved family and friends. As a reader, you can only root for her not to give up. If you love dragons, magic, and romance, you’ll devour Blood Oath. The plot is a little predictable, but Ryn and Lord Irrik grasped my heartstrings. I can’t wait to read Shadow Wings.
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javier s
So this was a lot darker than I was expecting to read but I like how it all played out in the end. Kept hoping for more romance, so hopefully the next book will have more in it. I'm more excited to read the second book than the first!!!
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The writing was pretty decent, but the scope of the story and setting was pretty limited. The majority of the story takes place in a dungeon and the few people the mc has interactions with lack quite a bit of development imo for the end twist to really work for me. It’s a bit boring. There was absolutely nothing inspiring, suspenseful or memorable about it.
The second books isn’t officially out yet which oddly enough doesn’t irritate me. Honestly, I could take or leave these books and I’ll probably forget about it by the time the sequel comes out.
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This is the first book I read from this authors and I just loved it!!!... It totally surprised me, didn't expect the story line, haven't read anything alike, it is amazing, you have to read it. Can't wait for the next book!!! ❤️
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jamie treatman clark
This book was simply amazing it payment if it pictures of the whole world you could get lost and I felt like it was Game of Thrones with a little Anita Gentry (laurell k. Hamilton)mix in?. The authors together and make a dynamic team and I cannot wait to read more.
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john guild
An emotional rollercoaster! Loved this book! Fantasy, adventure romance suspense this has it all. I’m a huge fan of both writers and highly recommend. Beautifully descriptive and very well written, it’s the kind if story that sucks you in!
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tara vollmert
Big fan of the Tainted Accords series and Kelly and Raye did not disappoint on this new one. Love the strong and witty female lead and original plot. Can't wait for the next book! I haven't read any books by Raye Wagner but I will now!
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Wow I couldn’t put this book down! I almost didn’t read it as it was categorized as young adult which typically doesn’t have the plot depth that I like. But as soon as I was a few pages in, I knew this was going to be a great read. I loved the character progression and the unique world of the Drae and Phaetyn.
Thrilled I get to read two more books in this series!
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megan underwood
This book was amazing! Hands down the best book I’ve read in a few years. Each character has its own story and personality. The story is not predictable at all. So many twist and turns. You grown to love the character and care so much about what happens next. I’m so glad I read this book I can’t wait to read the next book. I’ll also be looking for more by this author!
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Wow! It was very intense story! The girl could have figured out the stuff earlier though. There was a romance, hot kisses, betrayals, magic while most of the story had the heroine in dungeons being tortured. It was a fabulous read!
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joseph bates
An absolutely engaging and emotionally trying fantasy
Review to come - for now
I am still not sure who I trust
As for Tyr I am at a loss
So much heart ache , so much loss
So much darkness still ahead
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Well written and captivating, this is a piece of writing that offers a carefully crafted world and fascinating characters. This is a great way to escape daily stressors for a while and lose yourself in another place. I am eager to read what comes next!
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debbie lausman
This book completely sucked me in and held me captive until the last chapter. It's not very often that a plot twist throws me off guard, but I never saw this one coming! And I love that!! I can't wait fit the sequel!
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I read a lot of books. Like, a lot. This is the first one I have felt to write a review for. I was skeptical at first, but please believe me when I tell you this book is amazing. It really draws you in and keeps you guessing. Highly recommend.
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Good read. My heart breaks for this girl and at the same time my heart breaks for the other. I wish he could have been honest. Things could have turned out different. I hope she can forgive in the next book.
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saul blonval
Though some of the book could get a bit slow, I did sit down and read this book in one sitting. The torture is hard and the ro mande heartbreaking. You will feel the pain as of the strong fema me protaganist throughout all, wishing she could catch a break or just be happy. This is NOT a boy meets girl type of book. Their is blood, misery, evil, heartbreak, and nothing is what it seems. Not for the faint of heart, but it is for someone looking for a book that makes you think and feel. I eagerly await the next one!
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Twisting turning couldn’t put it down. Couldn’t wait to see what new surprise was next. Love the dragon! The look into a people that never lost hope no matter what befell them. Main character was well done I cared from the start, raged at the injustice and prayed for a save. Ryn is the best can’t wait to see her kick butt. Tyr is a surprise a bloom in the midst of evil.
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stephanie geier
I have read so many books and have never come across one to hold my attention like this one did. I wanted nothing more than to come home from work to be left alone with this book in the day and a half it took me to read it. The plot twist ACTUALLY SURPRISED ME which is a feat in itself but the story line was on of a kind. Easily the best book i've read!
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rainey gibson
genre: fantasy
setting: sword & sorcery
format: standalone
warning: torture (lots & lots)
DNF (skimmed the middle, read the last two chapters)

Aristotle would summarize this book's plot as "a man does evil and is rewarded for it." He saw no redeeming value to that plot line and nothing in this book makes me disagree. The free sample started okay, but then the whole book devolves into an endless stream of evil acts, by the king or his henchmen or his enslaved dragon. Oh, and you get to read about people being betrayed and tortured a lot, from the recipient's point-of-view. The ending is as miserable and unhappy as the rest, so at least that is consistent.
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rishi dhanda
I just started this book this morning and now it’s over!!!!!!! Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait till book two come out it will be just as amazing as this one I really hope she can figure life out fast!!!
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nicolas perrin
This book was simply fantastic! Unique and extremely well written. I read this with the Kindle Unlimited membership, but it would have been worth the price if I purchased it separately. The second book is even better....can't wait for the third.
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Not my normal read,but ended up enjoying it immensely. I like how information is given out in small doses at pivotal moments. As much as I would love to know all the secrets releasing info little by little keeps the storyline going.
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stuart carruthers
I don’t often right book reviews and initially I didn’t think I would like this series but I started with the first book and got hooked and the second book was a great continuation of an interesting story there’s enough plot twists and character development to make a great read I would recommend it to anyone
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Really engaging story with solid world building and my favorite - dragons. My only complaint is that the main character, Ryn was too naive but that wasn’t completely unexpected for her age and background. Definitely worth reading. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
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Absolutely love this book. This is a wonderful blend of romance, intrigue, and magic. This is a great book for younger readers but with mature enough writing that older readers will enjoy it too. Cannot recommend this series enough!
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amy craft
I really did try with this book. I thought the beginning had a nice start to it, but it gave no character development for Ryn. I feel like if you are reading a book, and people ask you what it's about, and you still have no idea, I stop. Half of the book is torture done to a young girl(i stopped halfway), and if you like dark, slow moving, no character development books, this is good for you.
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Blood Oath, has been the first book in a VERY long time that has had me feel a wide range of emotions. It kept me with the main character from start to finish. I was skeptical at first, and read the reviews, not going to lie, i was still skeptical. I am so glad that i decided to read it, and i am now anxiously waiting for the sequel.
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I left this book on my TBR list for a while. When I finally picked it up I couldn't set it down! I fell in love with the characters! I love the authors descriptions with the tortures. This book made me feel like I was with Ryn every step of the way. Highly recommend!
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laura broadwater
I read a LOT of book, and this is now one of my new favorites!! Oh, I just fell in LOVE! The romance, the wit, the surprise and secrecy! Just loved the characters. The authors style of writing is so fluid I forgot I was reading a book and got lost in the story. Seriously loved this book
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I was scared when I started it because Raye is a wonderful writer and now she's working with another author here sooo... yeah! I needed it to be good and it WAS! Totally! I couldn't stop reading it, amazing story, pacing, world, characters... Just perfect!
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I must admit I am not one who is drawn to dragon shifter books, however, I absolutely LOVED Blood Oath! I was, and still am, completely captivated by this story. I am anxiously awaiting to see where the next twists and turns take me as the characters stories are told. It's a must read!
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I always love reading books with great story telling. This story was different from others in its genre. Lots of friction between the two main characters and twists and turns you don't see coming. Great read! I'm buying the second book now!
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terry b bryan
i downloaded this on a whim and am so please i did! Well developed characters, an intriguing storyline, and a funny and honest narrator. I devoured Blood Oath and it's sequel. Anxiously awaiting the release of book 3.
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So well written and the characters pulled at your emotions. I'm not usually one to write a review but it's hard hunting down a good book, so I thought I would help out my fellow readers. This is definitely worth your time!
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scott cunningham
This was a very unique book with an interesting world and plot. I really liked how the hero’s character built over time and loved him throughout the story. The heroine was a tough female character and I liked how resilient she was throughout the book but sometimes she cane across as dumb. The plot twists could be predicted from a mile away and yet our heroine did not see any of them coming. At all. It was really quite annoying how narrow minded she was about certain people or situations and how she let her emotions rule her instead of her head. I am not sure if I’ll read the second book because although the first one was interesting, the heroine got annoying throughout the story and I really don’t know if reading the second book is worth putting up with that. Without giving any spoilers away I’ll just say that I honestly don’t feel like reading 100 pages about her misguided anger toward the hero because that will honestly get old very quickly. He doesn’t deserve that and she is just too dumb to look beyond her first impressions and perceptions. Gah!! This could be such an awesome book with a few tweaks... the heroine would be so much more likeabke if she wasn’t so prejudiced or narrow minded, especially toward her main love interest.
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I enjoyed this one, but fair warning, it has a few gruesome torture scenes. If that's a trigger for you this might not be the book for you. Otherwise, it was a great read. I'd definitely recommend it to fantasy fans.
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jennine cheska punzalan
It was a slow read I just couldn't get into it at first. Then towards the end it was fast and really good. Twists and turns I never expected... story line is great! I can't wait for the next book so see where this adventure takes them
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betty dickinson
My sister gave me this book as a gift and it delivered. It is not the type of books I usually read but It was a free book and I love those. This one has parts that shook me a little. I may be a scary cat. I liked it and now I want to read the next one in the series.
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Loved it. Great world building. Intricate backstroke and social structures. Welllthought out worlds. Ryn is young and made some bad decisions and could be hot tempered, but also showed maturity through the book. We were presented with several mysteries which were slowly revealed. Irrick was dark and twisted. He was vicious, but you knew he was trapped and ached for him. Very little romance in BO. Rushed to begin book 2.
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rivka garver
Such a great read that really kept me guessing!!! Both main characters were fantastic and grew on me throughout the story!! Couldn't put down there were a few moments I wanted to cover my eyes this book has it all!!! Bring on the next installment!
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It’s hard to find a book in this genre that can captivate you and keep you satiated at the same time. Blood Oath has done that and more. I’m so glad I have this book a chance. I’m impatiently awaiting the next installment. Hurry up Feb 2018!
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It was a good read. Can’t wait to read the next one. Starting from book 1, I would have explained some of the terms better. But it was a great book and I loved the twist, even though I suspected what was happening. LOL
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Amazing plot!!!! This book kept my interest to the point I could not accomplish anything else. The book will not allow you to put it down. The twists and the turns that bring you to the ending are fantastic. This book has just the right amount of dark fantasy. I can't wait to read book 2.
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sonya gera
This book is so good. The perfect amount of twists and turns! After looking for a book that wasn’t the same plot as every book out there I am so glad I found this one! At first I was skeptical as it’s a little slow. But it is well worth the read
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naughty spaghetti
Awesome read!! Can't wait for number 2, this book was amazing! The plot twists were understandable after realization rather then completely unbelievable or twisted. This writer has nailed the romance to violence ratio as well! Love love LOVE!!
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jacob edmond
What? Wow. This was an amazing adventure! I loved the new world these authors collaborated to create. I was so invested in these characters that Icould hardly put it down! I'm dying for the sequel and am so glad that it's close to being out. Definitely worth a read!
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I didn't like this book at all, but I made myself finish it because I wanted to know how it ended and honestly I wish I didn't. The cover of the book seemed good and the summary intrigued me, but going through the story was torture just like thee torture in the book. Don't waste your time with this because it let's you down as a reader and I'm surprised its popular.
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scott boehm
But I FINALLY was able to get into the book. I really enjoyed the storyline, but the writing could be a lot better. I will be reading the second in the serious. Originally, I didn’t think I would continue.
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barry smith
Ok, so the chick Ryn....Im not sure if she was stupid or just stupid. So much of this could have been better like 2 chapters of torture?? Really? How bout we find out where she actually came from?! Whatever...thankfully this was free
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I read this book because of the St. Claire co-author. This was totally different from her other books. It was boring to start with and I hated the weak heroine. This was about the h being brutalized physically and sexually before she finds her strength. Didn't care to read about a weak and abused female. Definitely opposite from St Claire other books where the h wasn't pathetic. I fee like I got lured to read this with her name.

Gave up at 24%. Her mother didn't do her justice by not being truthful. I was really hoping this was another awesome St. Claire book but it was not. If you don't mind reading about a weak heroine with physical and sexual abused, you might like this. Writing was good but the storyline is not for me. Maybe if the plot didn't focus on the h physical abused this might have been okay even with a weak heroine. I would still read the St. Claire other books but only if she wrote it though.
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I know a several people liked the book but it wasn't for me. I don't like rape in my romance books and I wish the authors would have put a clear warning of that in their description. I knew the book was dark, but I was surprised it took a turn like that. I just don't fine rape entertaining in any fashion.

It was well written. So give a sample a try, but be warned if you have triggers.
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