Get Your Free Audiobook

Blood Oath

The Darkest Drae, Book 1
Narrated by: Sierra Kline
Series: The Darkest Drae, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

Non-member price: $27.79

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Everything I know is a lie. 

I'm an ordinary mortal girl. Lord Irrik is a depraved dragon shifter. King Irdelron is an immortal tyrant. In the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the established rings of our kingdom. Everyone has a role.... Me? I'll be uselessly serving potato stew for the rest of my life because I can't make anything grow. 

But starvation brews rebellion. When the king strikes, I'm captured by Lord Irrik. Instantly, I'm embroiled in a deadly game. One where I'm desperate to understand the rules. Because nothing makes sense anymore. Now, I'm not only fighting for my life...but a love could be the key to my freedom. 

What if the truth means you're not who - or what - you thought you were? 

Fans of dark fantasy, dragons, intrigue, and romance will devour this story. Due to thematic elements, this series is recommended for mature YA and up.

©2017 All the Words (P)2018 All the Words

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story

loved the story, the performance was not great though, I ended up just finishing the book cause I had already started. I look foward to the next book though. but I'll be reading it not listening to it though.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Stephanie Alexander
  • Stephanie Alexander
  • 23-05-2019

Quite Enjoyable

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was unique and different from a lot of the others I’ve read. I love how dark it is, and I love a good hate to love trope.

I agree with other readers that everything about this book was Super Super predictable, but I still enjoyed it. It kinda makes you wonder how dumb can the main character be though, that she’s not putting this stuff together faster.. that’s one of the downsides when books are so predictable, but the main character is so in the dark. It becomes hard to relate to them and you find yourself rolling your eyes A Lot.

I did not find the narrator that bad. I actually thought she was pretty decent compared to a lot of others I’ve heard. I expected a lot worse based on what other commenters said. I’ve heard some pretty horrible narrators though,.... so maybe my expectations are lower now?

Overall I found I just generally enjoyed this and can’t wait to get through the others!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jill
  • Jill
  • 14-05-2019

It was good-ish

Wellllll..... I don't know what to say about this one. It was good-ish. I enjoyed(ish again) it. It wasn't bad. I don't know. 2.5-3 stars.

I had a few issues with this book:
First, the dialogue and slang used did not fit whatever time period and setting this was supposed to be. It wasn't authentic sounding at all. It was so weird to have Ryn use words like "creeper", "bummer", "howdy", "A-hole", "broody-pants", and "turd-twat". Literally nothing from this book suggests that those words would be used in this society.

Second, this was a really long book to have hardly anything happen. The whole middle of the book became monotonous. Everything repeated over and over. And holy crap, there was a lot of torture happening. It just felt like it was stuck in a loop. I found it hard to keep reading at times because I was getting bored and it was feeling tedious so I was thankful that I added the whispersync narration so that I could power through those parts that were too boring to read. Listening to them helped.

Third, there were some things that didn't make sense. One example, Ryn was brutally tortured by this one guy and her blood was flying everywhere, yet it just so happens that her blood can kill the dude. So after that is found out, Ryn says he uses a whip rather than his "gloved fists" but uh, all of those torture sessions turned out just fine for him so.... And speaking of those "gloved fists" the word gloved was way over-used in this book. Someone's gloved hand or gloved fist was always doing something. We get it, they like their gloves..in fact, the gloves are probably just part of the uniform, therefore always on.

As far as the characters go, I pretty much hated Ryn in the beginning, once the drama started, because she was so incredibly stupid. She didn't listen to direct warnings and instructions, so that lead to her being taken to the torture-loving king. She hated the only person who was actually trying to make things better and covertly help her, the same person who tried to save her in the first place but she decided not to listen. I wanted to reach through the page and shake the hell out of her. Stupid girl. I started to like her a bit more later on but there really wasn't much growth or story arc to change things up, because as I said before, the story pretty much just looped for a good part of the book and not much happened. I really liked Lord Irrik. He was a good guy even though he did tons of horrible things.

I'm not sure if I will continue this series. Part of me is curious what will happen from here but the other part is okay leaving it end here. We'll see.
Edit: After reading through some reviews for the next two books, I am going to give them a hard pass. It sounds like they will not be my cup of tea. I am ending this series here, with the first book.

Audible: I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. The narration was okay. I wasn't a huge fan but it was fine. It was, however, a lifesaver during those parts where it just felt too boring to keep reading so there was that.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for shimmers1AW
  • shimmers1AW
  • 13-10-2018

Wow!

I purchased this book a while back but hadn’t read it yet. When I saw that the audiobook was out I purchased it. This story is fantastic. I loved it. Sierra Kline has added something more to it with her character voices. I hope the rest of the series is also performed by her. Her voice is wonderful. Thank you both for this adventure.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Crystal
  • Crystal
  • 22-10-2018

Great story. Good writing. Great Narration.

So much better than I expected. Brilliant story left much more to come in the next in the series. I have to admit one of the twists was quite obvious throughout the book but there were still some surprises. Really enjoyed the narrator as well.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sophy Sorn
  • Sophy Sorn
  • 08-08-2019

Dragon shifter

Love this book but I’m so afraid to go to the next book! So many reviews and ppl telling me it’s not what they expect. Sierra Kline did an excellent job at narrating

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Killian
  • Killian
  • 29-03-2019

soooo Good!

i Love Sierra Cline's performances but this is the first that I'm annoyed how whiney she sounded but it could just also be the character as well. That being said, the character development and storytelling is very very good and I only want more!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Polina
  • Polina
  • 02-02-2019

Loved the narration and the story

The story was amazing and unlike anything I've read/listened to so far. It was unique and interesting and the narration only helped tie all of that together perfectly. (Thank you, Sierra Kline, truly!)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jessica
  • Jessica
  • 30-11-2018

Is there an audio for book 2?

I really enjoyed this book. The beginning dragged for me and it took me 3 days to actually pick it up, but once the book took off, I hella enjoyed all of it! I liked how there was not instant romance between the two main characters.

I really want to listen to book 2 but it's not on audible *cries in drae* hopefully it comes out in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Scotty
  • Scotty
  • 25-11-2018

I need more!

Stop what you're doing and get this book! I'm going to blame Audible for this addiction and go into withdrawal if Book 2 doesn't come out soon. I couldn't put it down. It finished and now what? Kelly St. Clare and Raye Wayner thank you. SIerra Kline was perfect! ( 10 stars perfect) OK, did I mention I need Book 2?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dent5
  • Dent5
  • 10-01-2019

Great story, just lose the narrator’s shakey voice

I really enjoyed so much about this, but the narrator tries to convey how fearful the protagonist is (apparently ALL of the time) by forcing an obnoxious shake to her voice. (Her voice is good otherwise)

I hate that I’m letting it bother me so much; it’s just so distracting.

Turned it to double speed and that seemed to help me get around it...mostly.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful