Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hardcover Book #Review: Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas, Book 1) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

About the Book:

In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.

Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world...In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all? 

Book Details:

Age Range: 12 - 18 years

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: House of Night Novellas (Book 1)

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st Printing edition (July 12, 2011)

ISBN-10: 9781250000231
ISBN-13: 978-1250000231

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**Saph's Note:

I have read House of Night books 1-8 but it was prior to me beginning my blogging days so I only rated them on Goodreads.  I don't plan to go back and write reviews for the books in the series.

My Review:

I enjoyed the House of Night series and hope to get the remaining books in the series read.  I stopped at book 8 due to home remodeling and packed the rest of the series up for safety reasons.  I have yet to unpack the 4 boxes of books I have stashed in the house.

Dragons' Oath is a nice addition to the House of Night series.  We learn about how Bryan "Dragon" Lankford came into existence.  He was the son of an Earl.  His father disowns him and has him banished to the Americas.  On his way to the dock, Bryan is Marked as a fledgling and given a choice of which House of Night he wishes to attend.  Bryan chooses America and he taken to the House of Night in Oklahoma.

Dragon's Oath fills in a lot of the history behind Bryan "Dragon" Lankford and his love, Anastasia.  The information presented to the reader is short and to the point.  We see a side of Dragon this was reserved for Anastasia.  He is cold, aloof, and conceited until he's with her.  Then, Dragon becomes warm and caring.

This novella is an informative look back at how Dragon Lankford came to be in the House of Night located in Oklahoma.  It took me entirely too long to read which meant it really didn't keep me engaged.  The writing style is great (as are the rest of the series) but I just couldn't stay interested in the story for very long at a time.  For those that love the House of Night series, I recommend this be added to your bookshelf if for no other reason than as a reference manual for Dragon. 

Hardback review copy was purchased by me to read/review.

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