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Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.Wow-to-the-za. I first learned of this book thanks to Cover Snark, a.k.a. my favorite feature of all time. Though I wasn't 100% sold on the cover, I clicked the Goodreads link just to see how the guy with glowing eyes fit in.
Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.
Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.
A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology.
I still have no idea what the glowing eyes are about, but does it matter?! The Oathbreaker's Shadow sounds like just the kick-butt fantasy that I've been waiting for! The world-building involved with the promises and the death sentence sounds fascinating, and I can't wait to find out the backstory around the best friend.
Also, have I mentioned that I adore duologies? They offer more depth than standalones but avoid the pesky middle books of trilogies. Hooray!
What book are you wishing for this Wednesday?