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Oath of Servitude (The Punishment Sequence Book 1)

Oath of Servitude (The Punishment Sequence Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C.E. Wilson
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Teague’s was the charmed life of a popular athlete that came to a crashing halt.
Cailin is a pixi learning the price of nonconformity in her rigid clan.
She fears the darkness.
He is trapped there for all eternity.
But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light within themselves.

"Oath of Servitude has a great premise and remarkable, interesting characters...If you enjoy fantasy, definitely pick this one up!" - Minding Spot

"The storyline and characters were very unique, and I've never read anything like this before." - Katie Cohen, The Quiet Girl Talks

"The plot was refreshing and unique." - Readiculously Peachy

"...The storytelling is compelling, the characters have depth, and the story teaches us that admitting weakness and fear is not, in anyway, a sign of cowardice." - Book Junkie Joint

Note - Text re-edited on 9/8/2013 to fix typographical errors.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098U8OZ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oath of Servitude 30 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Teague is struggling since his perfect life was destroyed when he lost his sight, and now he has turned to drinking to smother his distress. Cailin is a Pixi who is being punished for being herself and being different from other Pixies. Her punishment is to pay off her father's debt to Owen, Teague's father, by being a companion to Teague and to try and stop him drinking. However, Cailin and Teague are more similar than they think, as they are both lonely people, where no one understands them. With Teague and Cailin grown closer together, will Cailin be able to complete her oath with trouble brewing at home.

Oath of Servitude is a likeable book as it is a quick light read. One thing I enjoyed about this book is the mystery surrounding both the families. I also liked how the size difference was portrayed, and how Cailin has to cope with living with humans so much bigger than her.

I like Cailin as she is tough and gutsy while still being vulnerable, I also like how she will not stop being who she is just because she is not accepted by the rest of her people. At the start of the book I did not really like Teague as he was a drunk who was more interested in moping than trying to accept his fate and move on, but as the book progressed and he became less self-involved I grew to like his character more.

Oath of Servitude is an enjoyable book and it will be interesting to see what happens next to Cailin and Teague, and to uncover more of the mysterious secrets of the past. I would recommend this book to fans of Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic, or Need by Carrie Jones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant YA read 25 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Oath of Servitude makes an interesting contribution to the paranormal genre. I don't think I've ever read a book based on Pixi, or at least not one intended for anyone over five. I was a little afraid it might come across as super cheesy, but I'm happy to say that isn't the case. The subject is handled admirably and makes for an enjoyable experience.

The story is a good one. While it focuses primarily on Cailin's ability to help Teague come to terms with his situation there is a lot more going on in the background. Most of it I think is intended as a set up for the future books, because there is no resolution even attempted here. You are left wanting to know both what happened in the past and will happen in the future. I don't mean this to suggest that you're left wanting in the sense that something is lacking, but that you are left wanting out of interest. There is no doubt goodness to come.

The characters are easy to engage and empathise with, especially Teague. Individually I really liked him and Cailin...together, not so much. I had a hard time reconciling their sizes and never could accept their burgeoning feelings for one another. I honestly think that I would have preferred the story without the romance element, but that is a personal opinion only. I also thought that the whole thing felt rushed, not the writing but the plot. If Teague's situation was so bad that Owen is willing to call in his last resort I find it unlikely that Teague's demeanour would change so dramatically so quickly. Same for Cailin and Teague's friendship. They have to overcome fear, trauma, mental injury, and more. Could they really have done all of that in a few short weeks? The book is relatively short, so it feels like there is room to expand. Again, this is just a personal opinion here. All-in-all it is well worth reading by YA fans. I look forward to seeing more of C.E. Wilson's work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read with interesting world building, but needs some fine tuning 29 Sep 2012
By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was asked by the author to review this book. This fact does not bias my review. I award this book 3.5 stars.

Oath of Servitude by C. E. Wilson is about a young man, Teague, who has suffered a tragic accident and drinks away his pain with alcohol, and a young pixie girl, Cailin, who is punished by her clan to stay with this human and his father instead of going to the mysterious Darkness, where pixies are usually sent when they disobey the rules. Both Teague and Cailin are headstrong and very different, but somehow they hit it off and grow and develop together. And also, regardless of the fact that Cailin is only a foot tall and Teague is over six feet tall, they start to fall in love with one another.

There is a lot to like about this book. The setup is very interesting-- the intermixing of humans and small creatures, pixies. I liked the world building and the intrigue in the pixie world. There were a lot of plot twists and I liked the development of the characters. I was hooked from start to finish, and it was a quick read.

That said, it's not a perfect novel. It is in sore need for a good editor. There are many missing commas, some missing words, and some odd phrasing. I also think that there should have been more revealed in this book-- it seems incomplete as it stands now, and just seems like build up for a second book. This is a problem that a lot of first books have. Lastly, I kept having issues with the fact that Teague and Cailin are so different in size of anatomy, and the "solution" seemed a bit hand wavy to me.

Overall, an interesting plot full of twists with intriguing world building, but needs some tune up.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oath of Servitude 13 Sep 2012
By KJK - Published on
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Oath of Servitude is a great book! The character development is amazing, and the story was wonderfully done. Cailin, a rebellious pixi, serves her year of punishment at the Ainsley household. She meets Owen and Teague, a father and son who have a tumultuous relationship.

The relationship between the characters is one which many can relate to, and is very well written. In particular, the relationship between Teague and Cailin keeps you wanting to learn more.

I highly recommend this book, a can't wait for the next one, Permanent Shadows to come out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oath of Servitude 10 Mar 2013
By Nanakulikane - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the negative reviews and personally don't agree, especially with wanting more of the upcoming story revealed. Impatience is a problem these days and it shows with the reviews. This story reminds me of the Arthur Ransome type of approach and this may be why some think there are spelling errors where none exist. A very unusual book. It's very rare to find someone writing about the world of the pixies in such detail, with a modern day crisis between the two cultures. I found this fascinating, well written, and dismayed that I will have to wait for the second book, to find resolution to the treachery, within the pixie hierarchy, towards their own kind, and the stubborn support and bravery of both Callin's father and his human friend. A pleasant surprise in this day of violent nasty R rated fodder that we are inundated with. 5 Star performance that I unhesitatingly give to teens on up to read !
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 17 Dec 2012
By Mandy - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I received Oath of Servitude in return for a honest review from the author C.E. Wilson. Cailin is trying to stay true to who she is but keeps running into roadblocks by the elders. When treated with the darkness her father decides that being sent to live with a human for a year would be a fitting punishment. Cailins father had been saved a long time ago one winter when a human boy had found him dying in the snow. The boy Owen saved his life by taking him home and nursing him back to health, when he could return to his family. Now that his oldest daughter is threatened to be sent to the darkness a punishment that could break her he makes for her to live with the humans.

It's been years Owen is no longer the boy but he has his own teenager who is also having a tough time after an accident that left him blind. Teague feels like he's lost everything by being blind, he won't see a therapist or his friends instead all he does is get drunk in his room. With the addition to Cailin in his home Owen hopes that she will be able to pull Teague out of his depression and to start living again. As the pair deal with their own hiccups as Cailin keeps being a pixi a secret and Teague deals with being blind. The connection between the two starts to grow as Teague starts to get better. But the news that her sister is in danger cause secrets to come out that could change everything.

I loved Oath of Servitude the storyline was a pleasant surprise. I was a little nervous but I was easily drawn into the story, you can't help wanting to know more. The characters are so likeable you can't help not liking them, even when Teague is so angry. I was intrigued by the relationship between Teague and Cailin it's unique but so sweet they kind both need each other. My favorite part was when Teague was shopping for doll clothes thinking that Cailin has a doll she plays with when the truth was they were buying her clothes. I couldn't put the book down it one of the best pixie/fey stories I've read this year I just really loved the characters they seem so real and my heart went out to both of them. It's just a very well written book that flows smoothly allowing anyone teen to adult to enjoy it. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oath of Servitude (The Punishment Sequence) by C.E. Wilson 13 Dec 2012
By Lauren Johnson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The author is able to bring able a distinctive and novel concept in the current paranormal filled reality of books we live in. While the author did a brilliant job describing the characters there was not a great deal of focus on the world building as a whole. The flow of the story did not progress too fast but just well enough to keep the reader interested. There were parts of the plot that seemed scattered.

I also loved the uniqueness and dimensions of the characters. They did not seem to fall flat and the author was able to bring out each individuals personality and plausible reactions. Cailin was able to shine through with her confidence while Teague grew throughout the book finally being able to turn his life around.

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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