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The Oathbreaker’s Shadow


Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise you make. If you break that promise, you’re scarred for life and cast out into the desert. On the most important day of his life, Raim’s wrist knot bursts into flames, scarring him as an oathbreaker. Now he has two options: run or die.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738745275
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

In the land of Darhan, promises are bound by magic, tied into knots, and worn with pride. Those who break them are physically scarred, cast out into the desert, and stalked by vengeful shadows of their treachery. Fifteen-year-old Raim, the best young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard, has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. He doesn’t know where it came from and barely thinks about it at all. But on the most important day of his life, when Raim agrees to give his life as a warrior to the future king, that knot bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin. Now scarred as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options: run or die.

Copyright: 2015
Page Count: 384
ATOS: 6.0
Lexile: 940L
Rights Territory:  AG; AI; AW; BB; BL; BM; BS; BZ; CR; CU; DM; DO; GP; GT; HN; HT; JM; MF; KN; KY; LC; MQ; MS; MX; NI; PA; PM; PR; SV; TC; TT; US; VC; VG; VI
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience

Amy McCulloch (London, UK) graduated from the University of Toronto and works as commissioning editor for HarperVoyager.

Reviews and Awards

“An excellent choice for those looking for a compelling and detailed fantasy novel.” — School Library Journal

“Middle-school readers looking to get lost in another world will enjoy this adventure-packed read.” — Booklist

“An intriguing start to McCulloch’s planned series.” — Publishers Weekly

“The most compelling new fantasy I’ve read in years.” — Jonathan Stroud, author of Lockwood & Co and the Bartimaeus books

“Brilliant. Absolutely gripping from the start, a complete joy and a great new voice.” — Conn Iggulden, author of the internationally best-selling Empire series

“The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is a very promising debut in what bodes to be an electrifying duology. Unusual magic set in an exotic location and nomadic culture lures the reader to total immersion in Raim’s world.” — Robin Hobb, internationally best-selling author of the Farseer trilogy

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