Stellar YA high fantasy with excellent worldbuilding!,
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This review is from: The Oathbreaker's Shadow (Knots 1) (Kindle Edition)
In the world of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, breaking a promise has deadly consequences. Raim has always had a strange knot around his wrist, which means some kind of promise, but has no idea where it came from. But when the time comes for him to take up his position in the Yun guard and bind himself to Prince Khareh, the string catches fire and burns him, indicating the promise has been broken. Exiled and in danger, Raim must find out what that promise really meant, and who he betrayed without even realising.
I absolutely loved the premise, and the world McCulloch creates is far from a stereotypical medieval fantasy world. There’s just enough detail to really immerse you in the world and the totally unique take on magic was fascinating. When a person breaks a promise, they’re physically scarred and haunted by the shadow of the one they betrayed. Raim’s emotional journey really drew me in.
A compelling story told in beautiful prose and with a complex and intriguing world. I’d absolutely recommend this to any fans of immersive yet accessible high fantasy!