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EBOOK ✓ EPUB The Oathbreaker's Shadow ä 9780385678247 FREE ↠ ✮ [PDF] ✩ The Oathbreaker's Shadow By Amy McCulloch ✻ – Helpyouantib.co.uk Fans of Philip Pullman Jonathan Stroud and George RR Martin are going to love this action filled fantasy novel by an exciting and extremely promE future king Khareh the rope ignites and sears a dark mark into his skin Scarred now as an oathbreaker Raim has two options run or be killed He chooses to run taking refuge in the vast desert among a colony of exiled oathbreakers Will he be able to learn the skills he needs to clear his name And even if he can how can he keep a promise he never knew he made in the first place Amy McCulloch's The Oathbreaker's Shadow sets up as an interesting story and magic system before going off the rails The likeable main character Raim is training to be a member of the Yun the elite warriors for the Khan His best friend is Khareh the son of the Khan but while Raim likes Khareh he is blind to his implied faults which McCullouch implies to the reader Raim and Khareh want to swear oaths to each other when they are of agePromises to each other are imbued with power When two people make a promise and tie a knot to each other the promise is wrapped in magic Break the promise and magic is angrily released The oathbreaker is scarred and the person exiled to the desert In addition the person is haunted by a spirit of the person who was wronged by the promise breakerRaim who is an orphan has a promise bracelet on his arm tied with a knot but he is an orphan and no one knows what was promisedSo McCulloch sets up a promising story and challenge for Raim to find out the meaning of the promise braceletEnter a Sage from the desert who promises that he can teach anyone to be a Sage with awesome power and the inevitable is bound to occurBut whether its because McCulloch has to spend a lot of time doing info dumps or the long buildup to the first big event in the novel I found myself skimming nearly 40% of the book at the outsetThe action did not really pick up until I was around 60% through with the story and then I have to say that Raim seemed less engaging and interesting Yes its a coming of age story and the petulant youngster who must master magic and come to be a man and potential hero is a standard trope in fantasy but I found Raim's eventual awakening just not that engagingSo I skimmed a lot of the beginning of the book and was not enthralled with the action packed late middle and endThat is not good

EBOOK ☆ The Oathbreaker's Shadow ¶ Amy McCulloch

Fans of Philip Pullman Jonathan Stroud and George RR Martin are going to love this The Oathbreaker's MOBI #207 action filled fantasy novel by an exciting and extremely promotable debut voice in the genreIn the world of fifteen year old Raim you tie a knot for every promise you make Break that promise and the knot will burst into flames scarring your skin and forever marking yo I have only one word to describe The Oathbreaker’s Shadow Painful It’s a rare book I would compare to an instrument of torture but there are so many things wrong with this between the massive infodumps the meandering story the loose plot threads that go nowhere the poorly thought out magic system the fast and loose characterizations the blatant cultural misappropriation I am not exaggerating when I say I literally felt like I was being tortured every time I read one agonizing word of this And you know what the worst part was There was actually a three or four chapter stretch in the middle when I thought the book was actually improving well thanks for the false hopeObviously to say I didn’t enjoy The Oathbreaker’s Shadow in the least would be a massive understatement First of all the world building was just awful I usually refrain from making direct comparisons between one book and another because I feel every book should stand or fall on its own but in this case I just can’t help but compare Amy McCulloch’s fantasy debut with another Central Asian inspired fantasy Elizabeth Bear’s Range of Ghosts In this case I think it’s warranted because both books borrow heavily from Mongol culture as a starting point and just having read both its readily apparent what the dos and do nots of writing this type of book is Do creatively weave the cultural elements into the narrative so the whole thing feels authentic and interesting Do not litter the story with catchphrases yurt anyone and foreign sounding names while following every new character or setting with a two or three paragraph description explaining the cultural significance hint it’s headache inducing but importantly boring Do develop an understanding of the culture so the things you talk about the nomadic lifestyle the horse culture the significance of living on the steppes resonates Do not start writing until you get a handle on the material or like this book you’ll end up having your characters living in a village when they’re supposed to be nomads and the description of the capital reading like it was copied from the Wikipedia entry of Ulaanbaatar hint it annoys people who know betterAnyway I like my world building to read like a homage not a poorly done ripoff and unless you’re intentionally looking for a book in which one third of the story is literally just that ripoff not homage The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is a chore to read Then again the actual story isn’t any better You know how the hook is about the titular oathbreaker Raim needing to figure out what his broken oath is Well forget that cause we never find out And if that wasn’t bad enough the summary gives away the entire first third of the book though either way it drags hard thanks to McCulloch’s need to include explanations for literally everything Sure there is actually a point to oathbreaking and the stigma attached but it hardly makes any sense view spoilerApparently when an oath is broken the promisor is haunted by a part of the promisee’s soul but shouldn’t there be repercussions for losing part of your soul And if enough people break their promises to you do you die That was for me the most interesting aspect of the book but no brushed aside for woooo spirit army hide spoiler

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The Oathbreaker's ShadowU as an oathbreaker Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember No one seems to know where it came from or which promise it symbolizes and Raim barely thinks about it at all especially not since he became the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard But on the day that he binds his life to that of his best friend and th EhThis is hurting my headLike giving me an actual migraine Or what I think a migraine feels like I've never had one before or I did and I just couldn't identify it When DOES a headache turn into a migraine Is there a significant and distinguishable margin like you coalesce from one range of pain into another much terrible one Or is it just cool to say you've got a migraine I'm not good at biology The only thing I've figured out by far is that migraine gives you that weird pin in your brains and eyeballs feeling but then if you jump into a pool at the wrong angle and water goes up your nostrils at an even worse angle you get that feeling as well Which makes you want to rip out your eyes This book didn't make me want to rip out my eyes but it definitely bored me with its endless and clunky info dump cookie cutter characters late beginning lame dialogues unrealistic relationship and world building its telling that could have done with a bit emotion and feeling Moreover one scene jumps straight into another and when its time to get back dude it beams out of the sky No guiding smoothly or amalgamating the story seuencesI'm going to try and relaxI'm going to ALOOOHHHAAAAloha baby Do it with me Two simple steps Wave your hands and shake your ass To the right To the left Do it alone if you're shyOr do it with meIt's fun either way