A Literary Classics GOLD medal winner; a Readers' Favorite Honorary award winner; a Beverly Hills International book award finalist.
Print length: 480 pages
Includes a Sneak Peek at Select: The Oathtaker Series, Volume Two.
An Oath Sworn. A Struggle Engaged. A Sacrifice Required.
When Mara, a trained Oathtaker, is drawn by the scent of the Select to battle underworld beasts summoned by the powers of evil to destroy the guardians of life, she swears a life oath for the protection of her charge.
Armed with a unique weapon and her attendant magic, and with the assistance of her Oathtaker cohorts, two ancients, and a spymaster, Mara seeks safety for her charge from one who would end Oosa's rightful line of rule, and from assassins who endeavor to bring ruin to the land.
As Mara puzzles to decipher ancient prophecy concerning her charge, as she is haunted with memories of her own past failings, she discovers the price her oath will exact.
To renounce her word would be treasonous; to fail, ruinous; to persevere, tortuous.
Abiding by an oath requires sacrifice.
"Oathtaker . . . is a refreshingly unique novel . . . of epic proportions . . . highly engaging . . . a robust plot paired with a healthy share of life and death struggles and a delightful love story woven throughout . . . We loved the story, the flow, the excitement . . ." --Literary Classics
"A wonderful tale of love, devotion and desperation . . . tremendous depth and creativity . . . A story of courage worthy of the designation of a classic." --Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
"From the first page, Oathtaker . . . promises to take the reader on an epic journey that she will long remember . . . Her plot is refreshing in a world of stale ideas . . . More please!" --Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Oathtaker is a complex and thrilling story that will mesmerize readers and stir the imagination with untold depths of intrigue, loyalty, excitement and resolve. Teens and adults will be spellbound . . ." --Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
"Reding . . . seems to be using the possibilities of fantasy as a metaphor for the deepest quest of all: a human being in search of herself . . . She unfolds a world full of mystery, majesty, yet simple humanity." --Joshua Grasso, Associate Professor of English Literature
"Oathtaker . . . is a book about courage, loss, decisions, friendship, love and adventure . . . It . . . draws you in and makes you care about the characters and their world . . ." -- Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
"While there's tons of action, Reding doesn't let that get in the way of character growth . . . A great read for anyone looking for good, clean fantasy." --Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
"Oathtaker is an impeccable read. The prose is flawless with a well-thought plot . . . I intend to follow this exciting series." --Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
"Reding has skillfully woven the many and varied threads of this fantasy . . . into a very satisfying epic adventure . . . The characters are extremely well-drawn and memorable. Oathtaker is fab!" --Kate Larkinson, a Literary Classics award-winning author
"I discovered a wordsmith of impeccable talent . . . Read Oathtaker. I heartily recommend it . . ." --Steven Wilson, a Literary Classics award-winning author