Book Review: Oath of the Brotherhood

Book Review: Oath of the Brotherhood

About the Book:

In a kingdom where the Old Ways hold fast and a man’s worth lies entirely in his skill with the sword, Conor Mac Nir is a scholar, a musician, and a follower of the forbidden Balian faith: problematic for any man, but disastrous for the son of the king.

When Conor is sent as a hostage to a neighboring kingdom, he never expects to fall in love with the rival king’s sister, Aine. Nor does he suspect his gift with the harp (and Aine’s ability to heal) touches on the realm of magic. Then his clan begins a campaign to eliminate all Balians from the isle of Seare, putting his newfound home in peril and entangling him in a plot for control of the island that has been unfolding since long before his birth.

Only by committing himself to an ancient warrior brotherhood can Conor discover the part he’s meant to play in Seare’s future. But is he willing to sacrifice everything—even the woman he loves—to follow the path his God has laid before him?

My Thoughts:

If you have any affinity for fantasy, buy this book!

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I wouldn’t be surprised if this novel makes it onto my list of top 10 books for 2014.  I finished this book several weeks ago and yet it lingers in my mind.  Not since Karen Hancock’s Guardian King series have I been so swept away by a fantasy novel.

The Oath of the Brotherhood held great creativity, built on a foundation of Celtic lore.  I found the characters fully believable.  Yes, they had some miraculous, spiritual (magical) gifts from God and yet, not only did they have to develop those gifts, they never once came across as untouchable super heroes.  The fact that they were fully human, yet graced with divine favor, is a picture of all who are heirs to the Kingdom and this theme offered a deep sense of connection to each character’s story.

The tale held a bit of everything you could ask for in a novel.  War, swordplay and brotherhood.  Healing, music and vision.  Romance and treachery. An epic battle between forces of light and darkness.  The lure of power, the deceptiveness of imagined control and the cost of the choice that we must make to trust God in all things, laying down that which we deeply desire, seeking Him as our greatest treasure.

The novel wrapped up with a satisfactory ending, though the tale is far from over.  I am left anticipating the next installment in the series and looking forward to reading more from C.E. Laureano.

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.