Blood Oath (Blood Oath #2) by Amanda McCrina
Release Date: June 19, 2018 | Publisher: Month9Books
The aftermath of what happened in the capital has shaken Torien to the core. Battling self-doubt and bitterness, he must find his resolve as he is sent back to Tasso to quell a violent uprising on the Road.
But Torien will need more than resolve to navigate the deadly path before him. His troops are inexperienced and his new adjutant untrustworthy. A series of murder attempts leaves the whole camp on edge. As the threat of mutiny builds, the mission seems doomed before they even reach Tasso—and Torien is beginning to suspect it was meant that way. He and his men are being set up to fail.
With his best friend in the hands of the rebels, his commanding officer refusing to negotiate a peace treaty, and his own men ready to turn on him at any moment, Torien must decide once and for all how much he’s willing to sacrifice for an empire he no longer believes in.
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Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post
~ List your all time favorite literary characters and why you like them ~
Costis Ormentiedes, from Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series, tops my list. Before I ever read the series, a friend told me that Costis is the kind of character I love to write, and she was absolutely right. He's a soldier with a stubborn sense of honor and uprightness but with just the right amount of human failing and vulnerability (and a quiet sense of humor and a bit of a temper, too). If I'm being perfectly honest, Costis was probably at least a subconscious influence on my main character, Torien.
Cultured, quick-witted, and occasionally foul-mouthed Verity, from Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity, is another favorite. She's a charming narrator—and so wickedly clever that neither the reader nor the Nazis realize just how sneaky she's being.
In that same vein, Pagan Kidrouk from Catherine Jinks's Pagan Chronicles is a delightfully witty narrator. As with Verity in Code Name Verity, Pagan's narration is full of depth and humanity between all the snark, and the emotional weight of the story just hits you and hurts.
And, to round it out, a throwback to one of my old favorites: Aquila, from Rosemary Sutcliff's The Lantern Bearers. I think some readers find Aquila difficult to like, because he's so bitter and cold after everything he's been put through, but he breaks my heart, and I just want to give him a hug—or maybe not a hug, because he'd probably stab me, but at least a beer.
About The Author:
Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.
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