Book Review, Christian fantasy

Book Review – Oath of the Brotherhood

Oath of the brotherhood

by Carla Laureano

Oath of the Brotherhood by Carla Laureano

When evil threatens, who will find the faith to fight it?

In an island 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 musician and a follower of a forbidden faith—problematic for any man, but disastrous for the son of the king.

When Conor is sent away to a neighboring kingdom to secure a treaty, he learns that his ability with the harp is a talent that traces back to the magical foundations of a once-united Seare. But his newfound home is soon placed in peril, entangling Conor in a plot that has been unfolding since long before his birth.

Only by leaving both kingdoms behind and 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—including the woman he loves—to follow the path his God has laid before him?

My Thoughts

Intriguing story. Quite the fascinating tale. This was my first experience with Carla Laureano’s work outside of contemporary fiction. Because I love her books, I knew I really wanted to read this, even though I’m not quite as much a fan of fantasy.
I did like this story, but it took me a bit to get into it.

Conor was an excellent main character. I was quite sympathetic to him and his cause, right from the beginning. I wasn’t always sure which side he was on, or who was on his side. But I fully enjoyed seeing him grow, and seeing the changes he made as the story progressed.

I also really liked Aine. I didn’t find everything about her to be completely believable. But…isn’t that the beauty of a fantasy tale? It doesn’t all have to feel realistic!

I loved the setting! Scotland & Ireland hold deep fascination for me, and I long for the day when I can go see those countries. Because of that, I also love the whole Celtic culture thing, and I really enjoyed delving into some of the ancient cultures, and visiting those lands.

There were many confusing words. If I’d have been holding the physical book in my hand, I think I would’ve found myself flipping back and forth between my reading spot and the glossary in the front of the book. But…because I read a kindle version, this seemed too difficult, and so I muddled through without always knowing what the words meant as I read them.

Parts of this book moved quickly for me, and other parts moved a bit more slowly than I’d have preferred. All in all, I found this book quite an enjoyable read, and I definitely want to read the rest of the series!
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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