TITLE: Ranger’s Oath
BY: Blake Arthur Peel
SERIES: Fall of Radiance #1
GENRE/S: Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLICATION: February 28th, 2020 – Aethon Books
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Now, let’s talk about Ranger’s Oath…
The barrier between worlds is broken. Only he knows the truth…
Magic has protected Tarsynium for a thousand years, shielding its people from being ravaged by bloodthirsty demons. When a young ranger’s apprentice named Owyn Lund discovers that the Arc of Radiance has been breached, he tries to warn anybody who will listen.
But legends aren’t supposed to be real.
When a village is mysteriously destroyed, rangers, mages, and rebels all point the finger, blaming each other for the demons’ brutality. However, Zara Dennel, a mage’s ward, has heard Owyn’s tale—and she’s inclined to believe him.
Together, they must prove that friendship is greater than intolerance, unity is more important than division, and that even the most powerful magic can sometimes not be enough.
Failure means the end of all things. A second—and lasting—Doom.
Experience the beginning of a thrilling Epic Fantasy series suitable for all ages. It’s perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas, and Brandon Sanderson.
Immersive, creative, thrilling and clever, this is not just another fantasy story about mages, rangers and demons, Ranger’s Oath is another level of fun.
I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book about rangers before but now, I want to read more. The truth is when I read the blurb I wasn’t that excited to read the book because I thought it would be just another fantasy story involving apprentices or novices who happen to be stronger than people think they are. I thought it would be just another book about a world where demons once walk amongst humans and wreak havoc but was cast away and now the world is protected by some ancient magic done by some ancient magical people.
In my defense, this book is exactly what I thought it would be, only MORE, so the final verdict is this is not just another fantasy book, it’s on another level.
I think what sets this one apart or what makes Ranger’s Oath special in its own way is the writing. The author’s writing style is very descriptive but not excessive. The descriptions are just vivid enough to make the story immersive. I felt like I was there in the story with the main characters, Zara and Owyn. The world comes alive on the screen of my kindle. I love it. But be warned, when I said the world comes alive because of a well-descriptive writing style, that means all the bad, gruesome, violent parts of the story are vivid too such as that scene of the village that was clearly attacked by some monsters. It was a horrific scene.
The characters were portrayed well too. I enjoyed the story more because the characters, Zara, Owyn and Elias feltfamiliar to me. And no, I don’t mean that they’re cliche. Not really. It’s just that they seem so alive on the pages. I love that the story is told in both Zara and Owyn’s perspective because Zara and Owyn are two very different person (aside from being a girl and a boy. LOL). Owyn is a Ranger’s apprentice and Zara is a mage’s ward. But despite them being different, it’s obvious they have similarities as well and that’s why I love their chemistry. They’re both strong-willed and have sense of what’s right and is willing to do whatever it takes to save their world. I think they’re great heroes. I love their friendship and playful exchanges. Of course there’s a hint of romance and I’m so excited to see it bloom in the next book.
The plot is filled with thrill and adventure but also with intrigues and mystery. There’s definitely something going on that our main characters need to discover. I love how the author played with the plot. I think it’s very well-crafted and just plain clever, actually. Even the ending is amazing. I enjoyed the scenes towards the ending and the ending itself made me excited and yearn for the next book.
My only little complain is that there were times that it’s a bit slow. Overall, the story is fast-paced but there were times that it’s not. But this is just a very minor complain.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
Immersive, creative, thrilling and clever, Ranger’s Oath is not just another fantasy story about mages, rangers and demons, thanks to the author’s exceptional writing style, this book is on another level.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Blake Arthur Peel has been coming up with stories ever since he was a kid. He inflicted his scribblings on family members and friends throughout his youth, always drawing maps in the back of notebooks and daydreaming when he probably should have been paying attention. It wasn’t until he was out of college that he finally decided to get serious about pursuing his career as a fantasy author.
His favorite stories have always been about good conquering evil, about fantastic worlds and wondrous magic systems. The works that have most inspired him are The Lord of the Rings, The Dragonlance Chronicles, The Riftwar Saga, The Stormlight Archive, and The Wheel of Time, among many others. Blake was born and raised in Hemet, California. Nowadays, he lives in Tennessee with his wife and two sons.
Again, I read and reviewed this for a blog tour but all opinions are my own, unbiased and honest. Also, don’t forget to learn more about BBNYA. Refer to the links I’ve shared in the beginning of this post.
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