Some promises are to die for… Angelina has spent her whole life thinking she was a witch like her mother. But when her family leaves the dusty reservation roads of New Mexico for the forested hills of Wisconsin, all that changes. Dasan Tallchief, Alpha of The Guardians of the Sacred Oath, walks into Angelina's life. Suddenly, her head is full of native drumbeats and mysterious voices that pull her toward him. And the closer they become, the more they discover that her talents with witchcraft are just the tip of the iceberg. Soon everything Angelina has ever known about her life seems to be a lie. All of the answers surround the Book of Raziel, and as the truth is revealed, Dasan becomes the only link that can keep Angelina from being trapped in her own mind, forever.
(Synopsis taken from goodreads.)
(Synopsis taken from goodreads.)
Title: The Sacred Oath
Author: D. C. Grace
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Publication Date: July 14, 2010
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to D. C. Grace and Kelsey from Teen Book Scene for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This review is part of the Teen Book Scene blog tour. All tour details can be found here.
My rating: 3.5/5
The Sacred Oath opens up with Angelina and her family having just relocated to Wisconsin. Her mother has some eccentric ways, and Angelina can't help but roll her eyes at some of the customs that her mom imposes on their new residence. Angelina and her mother are both practicing witches, or, at least Angelina thinks that is what she is. When she meets someone, Dasan, she starts hearing drumbeats that draw her towards him. Her eyes are soon opened to realms she never thought possible, and she discovers the truth about herself. Peril is around every corner, and Angelina and Dasan will have to rely on each other to triumph over evil.
The Sacred Oath is a fresh and fun read, chock full of supernatural entities. Angelina and Dasan are at the forefront of the novel, however they are surrounded by their tight-knit group of friends. I enjoyed The Sacred Oath but I found that some information wasn't explained to the reader, specifically about certain supernatural beings and their classifications. At times I was wondering how certain aspects fit in and why the characters were doing what they were doing. Regardless of that, it didn't detract too much from the overall flow of the story, and I did find the read quite enjoyable. All of the characters added to the story, and I really enjoyed the difference in their personalities. I liked the friction between Dasan and Pay, and the teasing jibes tossed between Jake and Dasan.
Angelina is a strong, solid character, learning about her heritage. She doesn't take any guff from Dasan and shows that she will stand up to him, and will be there for him. Their relationship seemed to happen overnight, but with some characters there just happens to be that immediate connection.
All in all, a light and intriguing read. Fans of Supernatural might enjoy the mythology behind this one as it seems to have the up-tempo drive characteristic to the show. Great friends, a surprising mystery, and a quest rolled into one, this one is sure to entertain.