An Oath Sworn.
A Struggle Engaged.
A Sacrifice Required.
When Mara, a trained Oathtaker, is drawn by the scent of the Select to battle underworld beasts summoned by the powers of evil to destroy the guardians of life, she swears a life oath for the protection of her charge.
Armed with a unique weapon and her attendant magic, and with the assistance of her Oathtaker cohorts, two ancients, and a spymaster, Mara seeks safety for her charge from one who would end Oosa’s rightful line of rule, and from assassins who endeavor to bring ruin to the land.
As Mara puzzles to decipher ancient prophecy concerning her charge, as she is haunted with memories of her own past failings, she discovers the price her oath will exact.
To renounce her word would be treasonous; to fail, ruinous; to persevere, tortuous.
Abiding by an oath requires sacrifice.
Multi-award-winning author Patricia Reding leads a double life. By day, she practices law. By night, she reads, reviews a wide variety of works, and writes fantasy. She lives on an island on the Mississippi with her husband and youngest daughter (her son and oldest daughter having already flown the nest), and Flynn Rider (an English Cream Golden Retriever). From there she seeks to create a world in which she can be in two places at once.
Oathtaker: The Oathtaker Series, Vol. One, won a GOLD medal in the Literary Classics Int'l Book Award Contest, also won an award in the Readers' Favorite Int'l Book Award Contest, and was named a Finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Award Contest. In addition, WindDancer Films has asked to take a look at it . . .
Select: The Oathtaker Series, Vol. Two, won a SILVER medal in the Literary Classics Int'l Book Award Contest and earned a Finalist award in the Readers' Favorite Int'l Book Awards Contest.
Ephemeral and Fleeting: The Oathtaker Series, Vol. 3, won a SILVER medal in the 2017 Literary Classics International Book Award Contest.
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This short excerpt says so much! Every time I read it, I'm reminded of someone I knew years ago who was very Lilith-like in her dealings with others. This woman would drive to the home of "friends" with her children in tow. Then, as she entered the driveway, she'd call to announce that she was there, knew her friends were home, and needed to drop her kids off for a few minutes while she ran some errands. Her friends never felt they could refuse her. Wouldn't you know it, though? This woman didn't just run a couple of errands that took a few minutes. No, she'd be gone for hours! Then there was the time she emotionally blackmailed her friends into allowing her and her children to tag along on a family vacation. After all, who could turn those children away? They'd known such misery after their father had left them! I used this woman as a pattern when writing this excerpt. Do you know anyone like that? Someone who would be surprised to learn that anyone else had any feelings, or interests, or needs? How do you, or how would you, deal with such a person? I'm asking sincerely, as any insight would be most appreciated!
Dixon was surprised that he and Rowena had missed the signs, but then she never wanted to think badly of anyone. Still, Lilith was a typical sixth. Bent on having her way, she was driven by things of the flesh. She took the idea of freedom to its ultimate. To her, true freedom meant the liberty to do as she pleased. She epitomized selfishness. If one were to speak to her about the needs of others, her response would not be: “What others?” Rather, it would be: “There are others?” To Lilith, the only thing of importance—was Lilith.