After the Prince of Penryth saved her from captivity, seventeen-year-old Haven Ashwood spends her days protecting the kind prince and her nights secretly fighting the monsters outside the castle walls. When one of those monsters kidnaps Prince Bell, Haven must ally with Archeron Halfbane and his band of immortals to rescue her friend. Her quest takes her deep into the domain of a warped and vicious queen where the rules are simple: break her curse or die.
Lost in a land of twisted magic and fabled creatures, Haven finds herself unprepared, not just for the feelings she develops for Archeron, but for the warring powers raging inside her. Her rare and forbidden type of magic may be their only hope but mixing light and dark comes with a steep price. Haven’s soul. Faced with impossible love, heartbreaking betrayals, and a queen intent on destroying the realm, only one thing remains certain. Haven must shatter the curse or it will devour everything she loves.
Light magic is forbidden. Dark magic spells death. Haven has both.
I literally just finished this book, had to hop on here and talk about it while everything was fresh. I picked up a total of three books after finishing King of Scars and none of them could captivate me enough to want to continue reading, that is until I saw an Ad for Oath Taker by Audrey Grey. I picked it up because of its comparison to A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black because they are two of my favorites and this book certainly didn’t disappoint.
This book mostly takes place from Haven Ashwood’s perspective but it’s important to the plot, switches over to a few other characters. I think this is a difficult thing to write well because things can get jumbled but Audrey Grey has done a fantastic job when it came to switching points of view.
The world she’s built is unique and I love the entire concept of magic and the Curse that plagues the land. I’m definitely going to be picking up book two, Curse Breaker, because this one left off with a lot of unresolved things that I’m dying to see the resolution of. It was definitely an enjoyable read and I recommend it if you enjoyed ACOTAR or The Cruel Prince/The Wicked King!
And now I’m going to share some of my favorite quotes and things, so if you don’t want spoilers – please turn back now!
I’m super interested in seeing more of Archeron’s gang. Haven’s interactions with all of them had me cracking up a lot of times, like this golden quote. “If the seer had access to her thoughts, then she would bore him with geography.” from Chapter 17. I also thought that Surai was a really well-rounded character and I loved watching her friendship with Haven develop and hope that we get more of it in the next book! And I’m obviously REALLY interested in seeing where the romance kicks in because right now I’m like WHICH WAY DOES THIS GO?! Because it could really go different ways and I think it’s really cool how Audrey did that! Bjorn is full of wisdom and I loved his quote; “Magick is not free, Mortal. It always takes something of equal value in return. But it is an ancient master, with a mind of its own and desires we can only begin to fathom. And that makes its price unpredictable, sometimes ruinous — particularly for mortal flesh. Be glad mortals cannot harness dark magick. That price you cannot pay.” from Chapter 21. A little foreshadowing and love how it basically lays out that magic requires a price! And then Stolas. I don’t know what to think of him but right now I’m kind of in love with him? “Beastie, you already owe me for saving your life, and not killing you in the forest. In fact, I’m fairly certain you cannot owe me more than you already do.” from Chapter 39. Love the sass and I’m ready for more of it. And then we left off on a bit of a cliffhanger with a lot of unanswered questions! So don’t be surprised if I’m back here next week with a review of Curse Breaker because I need answers!