Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare have teamed up to produce a fabulous fantasy, Blood Oath. This first book in The Darkest Drae Series was like a spider weaving its web in my head. I was so taken by the rich writing that brought to life the characters and their world that I did not notice how entrapped I was in the plot until I tried to put it down. I just couldn’t do it! It was the perfect mix of action, intrigue, and character introspection that kept me on the edge of my seat. It is actually one of those books that I will go back and reread because I know I missed details in my desire to find out what happened next (I’ll save that for right before book two comes out!)
This book is marketed for teens and young adults but adults will also find the story compelling. If you are a parent of a teen be aware that there is some gruesome torture implied. It is all tactfully written but it is an integral part of the plot line. It’s also available for free on
Raye and Kelly do superb job of developing the main character, Ryn. Her progression, from naive teen who thinks she grasps how the world functions and her place in it, to hardened survivor, who still hasn’t lost her empathy for others and kindles a tiny spark for love even though her world has been shattered, is encouraging. I could not help but root for her and feel for her as she went through such dark and horrific experiences to ultimately find out that nothing was as she thought; her life or who she was. But from this suffering comes the knowledge that she is powerful, the unheard of mix with the ability to change the world. Bring on book two!!!!