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Oath Taker

Kingdom of Runes, Book 1
Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
Series: Kingdom of Runes, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black, this first book in a dark and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Light magic is forbidden.

Dark magic spells death.

Haven has both.

After the Prince of Penryth saved her from captivity, 17-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.

©2017 Audrey Grey (P)2019 Audrey Grey

Critic Reviews

"Readers will lose themselves in this darkly rich, enchanting world with devastating curses, cunning monsters, and a brave young heroine who will not bow to a vile queen." (Emily R. King, author of the Hundredth Queen series)

"A lyrical, sweeping fantasy that will take you on a beautiful adventure in a world where danger and romance lurk at every corner." (Olivia Wildenstein, USA Today best-selling author of A Pack of Blood and Lies)

"Grey challenges the best fantasy writers in the industry with Oath Taker, a romantic adventure you'll want to take again and again." (Casey L. Bond, award-winning author of the Frenzy series)

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A great story with a fantastic narrator

This was a random recommendation from the Internet Bots and boy am I glad I acquiesced! A great story with interesting characters and for once no YA Insta Love that is unrealistic and forced upon us. Whilst the foundation for a few relationships in the future have been laid, it feels very natural. There are also varying depictions of love that make the bonds depicted in the novel more interesting - familial, platonic, lover...all of which set in a great world with interesting magic systems still to be explored (but that didn't feel lacking in the first tome). My only gripe is that the book didn't really stand on it's own - although it's very clearly a series, it did bug me that even a small arc wasn't completed in this book. None of the main goals accomplished, and even the side goals have only been set up with no temporary resolution. Although it's a great spot to end it from a cliff-hanger, want-to-read-more point of view, I still think it lacks a little closure to by a book by itself. That said, I have the next audiobook downloaded and ready to listen to so it's not too much of a hindrance. *NOTES FOR THE AUDIOBOOK, AS READ BY VANESSA MOYEN* I'm very particular about audiobooks, not just content of the book itself but of the reader, and boy did Vanessa do a spectacular job. Great distinction of narrative voices (despite the number of male 'villainous' characters), and great inflection and tone for the various perspectives portrayed. A great audiobook narrator to be my first audiobook in about 3 years. Would recommend.

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Great start but too short

This whole book felt like an interesting build up to the next book. Not really enough of a story on its own. In saying that, it does have potential, will have to see if the next book lives up to it.

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Throughly enjoyed it.

Loved the story was very intrigued with all the characters. And left me wanting more.

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  • Amy
  • 10-07-2020

terrible descriptions

if you are the kind of person who likes realistic descriptions don't read this book

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***brilliant and Addictive***

It's a beautiful story of a mortal girl Haven who is the sworn protector of a prince. It's an incredibly fast paced story that grips you from beginning to end. I hate clifhangers but I will wait for book 2 patiently for this series. Vanessa Moyen is brilliant I loved her so much, she is amazing thank you.

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  • Reader
  • 28-09-2019

Interesting

The story overall was rather enjoyable, despite the constant over the top descriptions and the awful narrator. The narrator seemed to get stuck after every few words and would pause too long on commas. There was some repetitiveness in the beginning (They would mask their face with a mask.) I enjoyed most of the characters, though wasn't fond of Haven's "I'm not like other girls" mentality where she would look down on other women for liking the current fashions, dresses, and so on. It would have been fine if she just had her reasons for not liking those things for herself (which she does) but her looking down on others just made me dislike her a bit, as well as her over the top anger at the smallest infractions-It just didn't fit the situation a lot of the time. I was left confused by the love interests as both seem to be married which made that part of the book hard to like. I did enjoy the world overall, and am interested in finding out what will happen once Haven breaks the curse.

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  • Daniella E.
  • 17-11-2019

Boring.

This book seemed to be leading up to some point of closure or excitement, but that is all. I felt that it was just one long build up to the second book. I like the world though.

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  • Nikki Culver
  • 25-09-2019

Great for fans of Sara J Maas

I was given an free audiobook for my fair and unbiased review. First off - I love the cover art of this book. It’s beautifully done. I also love the narrator that they got to do the audiobook. She’s a perfect match for the story. More importantly - this book is a SOLID match for those who liked the Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR series by Sara J Maas. I can definitely see heavy influence from both series within this story and the characters that it follows. I feel like we could have gotten a little more history of the world and mythology that built it, but overall, I enjoyed the pieces of the world we saw. The main character is very akin to both Aelin and Feyre in the way that she happens to have a rough past and winds up somehow being “the chosen one” (although I think it’s unfair to call it a trope because no one really I’m likes to read fantasy novels about the not chosen one). She is likable and determined. The supporting characters - I enjoyed the Solis (I think that’s right, audiobook, remember?) women a lot more than any of the other characters. I can see two potential “major love interests” for our main character, outside of the best friend prince - who proves to be entirely useless throughout the book - and I’m not thrilled with the idea of either of them, really. All in all, I think it’s a solid first book in the series and I look forward to seeing where it goes. I hope to see more history of the world, more character development in the supporting cast and maybe something to surprise me with the love interests!

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  • Chelbi S.
  • 16-09-2019

great, but could be a little better

I really like the story line, but some of the characters to me were lackluster. I enjoy the banter between Archeron and his companions but when Havem shows up it's just like children bickering and nothing important happens. a lot of Haven's pov is her bickering about Archeron doing this or that and it got draining for me. I'm hoping book 2 is better but it was an overall good book.

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  • Lisa
  • 01-12-2019

Series in audio?

I enjoyed this book but am disappointed that the following books in the series don’t seem to be in audio.

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  • Rose Garden
  • 23-11-2019

Feels too familiar but still entertaining

The story is good but a little unoriginal. I didn’t like the narrators voice in my personal opinion but what can you do? I got used to it. Overall, I still found myself frantically googling when the next book will be released. Would definitely recommend to people who are fans of Sara J Maas.

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  • Amanda B Steele
  • 05-09-2019

A gripping dark fantasy that is ripe with magic!

This audiobook. I don't even know how to accurately put into words how this book stole my every thought and brain cell. I was enraptured within the first 2 chapters and I couldn't stop listening until there was no more left. I always feel skeptical when someone compares their book to SJM or Holly Black, but this story warrants ALL THE ATTENTION AND PRAISE! It got me out of a reading slump and I was absorbed entirely. I became one with the story and I'm #sorrynotsorry to my family for ignoring them. The world building is incredible. I felt like I could actively see each scene unfold and the more that was explored, the more I wanted to be transported into the world. These are some of the most fleshed out characters I've ever listened to and they're not just fleshed out, they're COMPLEX. As the story unfolds, dynamics stir and change and it feels effortless. I'm a super fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings, and this has to be my fave by far. It's gender-swapped and the MC, Haven, is Prince Bell's royal companion guard. A girl guarding a dude. YES PLEASE. Haven has been put through the ringer in her life, but she her wants are simple: protect Bell and find out where she came from. The first one trumps all others in her mind which makes her the most loyal friend ever. She's lived with hardship and endured discrimination at every turn, but she lets it drip off her like rain water. Prince Bell is taken by the Shadow Queen and Haven must fight tooth and nail to find him and bring him back. She has to wade the waters with a band of immortal Solis to break the curse that ravages the land and IT IS AMAZING! I wish I could give this story 10 stars. It will forever be a favorite and I'm salivating for book 2 like whoa. You'd be a fool to pass this up! The narrator had a knack for capturing exactly how I imagined each character to sound and feel like! Fantastic job all around. This series will be one of my go-to's for a long time to come!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-09-2019

Good Solid Story

While this is not my cup of tea it was a very good story. It started out with a bang, but after a few chapters it kind of dragged a bit. It was a very good way to get through my day at work. The narrator was very good and I enjoyed her performance of the story. I would recommend this audiobook to my friends and family.

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  • Elizabeth Kirby
  • 15-09-2019

Lacking details.

There were several points in the book where I was wondering what was going on and how they got from one place to another. I felt like there was a good storyline however there wasn’t enough detail to complete the story.

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  • Heather
  • 03-06-2020

I love this series !!!!!!!!!!

First lets start off with the characters. Haven is a kicka$$ female. She is smart, courageous, and loyal to her best friend. Bell (prince and Haven's best friend) is thoughtful and sincere { in a world that doesn't promote those characteristics}. Archeron- sexy, strong-willed, tragic, and a born leader. Stolas- sexy, sassy, manipulative, dark ,dangerous, but surprisingly helpful. These are just a few of the characters in the book. It does has some amazing supporting characters also. Without giving away too many spoilers, the plot of the book is that Bell is captured and Haven sets off to find him. To rescue him she must break the evil Queen's curse. With the help of Archeron and Stolas (and many others) she sets off on the journey. Along the way, as expected, they run into so many complications and adventures. This book was a truly magical experience and Audrey Grey gives so much detail and description with her writing that I feel like I am there. The character development and action on this story is top notch. Venessa Moyen does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and keeping the listener engaged. 100% I recommend this series!!!

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 29-06-2020

Warning: Ends in the middle of the story

This is an enjoyable book, well written and well narrated. However I wouldn’t even says it ends on a cliff hanger, it just ... ends. Without having even reached a crescendo or a turning point. A habit with YA novels I find deeply irritating - each book should feel like a complete story, with more to tell if there’s a sequel, not one story cut up into pieces.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2020

Slow

the book itself is ok I'm just having trouble finishing it, it's very slow with action been little

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  • Liz pacheco
  • 28-08-2020

duty

I enjoyed this story.The ] character are well written about and enjoyable to read about. This was a great book and well written and I can't wait to see what happens next and how the character grow.Audrey is a great writer and great story teller

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  • Elaine S.
  • 26-05-2020

good book

loved the book, narrator could of been a bit better. definitely getting next book in series

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  • Vix
  • 28-09-2019

Fantastic fantasty

Absolutely loving this series! Great fantasy story well told. Excellently narrated. I was hooked from the start. And eager for more.

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  • Layla
  • 23-09-2019

Oath Taker

The beginning did not hook me but I kept on reading thinking it might change. I was so glad that I did because things started to go downhill for Haven (our main female character). I really loved her personality because she does not take any rubbish and fights back. She is not weak. I liked this because usually the female characters in YA always start of as being stupid which I hate. Not so in this book. The book is full of intrigue and suspense and is fast paced. There is more going on that we do not know and the secondary characters have there own secrets. There is no sexual content with some violence. I can't remember if it had profanity. There is some LGTB (two of the secondary characters). One of the secondary character who is gay has a beauty and the beast element to his romance but we don't get the full story since this is from multiple POVs. We will find out more in the coming books in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2019

Got me hooked!

struggled at the beginning to understand what was going on with the audio book. read the e book for about the first 14 chapters then when I understood it the rest flew past. Good plot got me hooked, great well rounded characters. I felt some of the POVs were are random times. Cannot wait to read the second one.

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  • Ellen Butfoy
  • 14-09-2019

Oathtaker: Kingdom of runes, book 1

I was intregued what this story would be like and I have not read or listened to this author before. From the start the story and the narration grabbed my attention. I love the way the you can see the characters developed, this is a first part of a bigger story and I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the rest of the books. You can feel the story progressing and at different stages I felt that the story could take different routes and you have to keep reading to find out which way the story will be developed.

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  • Liz Moriarty
  • 12-09-2019

Grest book, really great narrator.

After enjoying the first audiobook and I will definitely get the second one as long as it has the same Narrator! I really like the dark vs. light influences that are competing for our heroine's attention. My preference is for the Lord of Shadow because he seems to appreciate Haven 's nature and I love it when he calls her Beastie . The Sun Lord in comparison is prejudiced of her mortality and obsessef with his apparent superiority in being immortal. Big. Deal. In the end it is Hayden who can save them all from the darkness... I enjoyed the build up between Haven and her two leading men - love/hate creates delicious tension in a book without being explicit.