Sunday, August 7, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Dragon's Oath Review

Title: Dragon's Oath
Author: P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Romance, Vampires, Magic
Pages: 145
Plot: (From the dust jacket)

     "In early nineteenth 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 a vampire on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the dragon- a new name and 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...such as 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 both?"

     I'm a big fan of the House of Night series.  I really did enjoy Dragon's Oath; I felt it gave you the proper insight needed to understand his character in the series. Although it was a short novella it was a simple and easy read.  While reading I was intrigued and inspired to reread the entire lot of books all over again. 
     This book made me love Bryan Lankford & Anastasia in their roles throughout the series.  Reading as their story unravels from fledgling and teacher relations to a warrior and a high priestess relationship was a provocative experience.  It was very amusing to perceive Anastasia as a puritan and watch her shed her conventional ways to discover herself, her future, and the integrity as a young high priestess that can uphold the House of Night ideals.  Dragon Lankford aka Bryan Lankford was brought to light by Anastasia as he was distinguished by being a boastful and overtly conceded fledgling, which Anastasia sensed no need to  endure that kind of behavior. To succeed in winning Anastasia he knew he needed to adjust his image, with her encouragement he molded himself into a charming and merciful warrior.
     I gave this book an A because P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast make an exceptional writing duo and I adored the simplicity of their love story and I am highly interested in how Dragon's vengeance will affect the next installment. I found this book engaging and entertaining as I flew right through it.  I would definitely suggest this book to other readers as it is an easy read and has lot of extensive information to help understand the series.
     The original series consists of: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted, Burned, and Awakened.  Coming soon: Destined.  If you wanted additional information on this series I would recommend reading: The Fledgling Handbook and Nyx & the House of Night.

My Ratings: 19/20
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5


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