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Blood Oath

The Darkest Drae, Book 1
Narrated by: Sierra Kline
Series: The Darkest Drae, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everything I know is a lie. 

I'm an ordinary mortal girl. Lord Irrik is a depraved dragon shifter. King Irdelron is an immortal tyrant. In the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the established rings of our kingdom. Everyone has a role.... Me? I'll be uselessly serving potato stew for the rest of my life because I can't make anything grow. 

But starvation brews rebellion. When the king strikes, I'm captured by Lord Irrik. Instantly, I'm embroiled in a deadly game. One where I'm desperate to understand the rules. Because nothing makes sense anymore. Now, I'm not only fighting for my life...but a love could be the key to my freedom. 

What if the truth means you're not who - or what - you thought you were? 

Fans of dark fantasy, dragons, intrigue, and romance will devour this story. Due to thematic elements, this series is recommended for mature YA and up.

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Wow!

I purchased this book a while back but hadn’t read it yet. When I saw that the audiobook was out I purchased it. This story is fantastic. I loved it. Sierra Kline has added something more to it with her character voices. I hope the rest of the series is also performed by her. Her voice is wonderful. Thank you both for this adventure.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Quite Enjoyable

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was unique and different from a lot of the others I’ve read. I love how dark it is, and I love a good hate to love trope.

I agree with other readers that everything about this book was Super Super predictable, but I still enjoyed it. It kinda makes you wonder how dumb can the main character be though, that she’s not putting this stuff together faster.. that’s one of the downsides when books are so predictable, but the main character is so in the dark. It becomes hard to relate to them and you find yourself rolling your eyes A Lot.

I did not find the narrator that bad. I actually thought she was pretty decent compared to a lot of others I’ve heard. I expected a lot worse based on what other commenters said. I’ve heard some pretty horrible narrators though,.... so maybe my expectations are lower now?

Overall I found I just generally enjoyed this and can’t wait to get through the others!!

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Great story. Good writing. Great Narration.

So much better than I expected. Brilliant story left much more to come in the next in the series. I have to admit one of the twists was quite obvious throughout the book but there were still some surprises. Really enjoyed the narrator as well.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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It was good-ish

Wellllll..... I don't know what to say about this one. It was good-ish. I enjoyed(ish again) it. It wasn't bad. I don't know. 2.5-3 stars.

I had a few issues with this book:
First, the dialogue and slang used did not fit whatever time period and setting this was supposed to be. It wasn't authentic sounding at all. It was so weird to have Ryn use words like "creeper", "bummer", "howdy", "A-hole", "broody-pants", and "turd-twat". Literally nothing from this book suggests that those words would be used in this society.

Second, this was a really long book to have hardly anything happen. The whole middle of the book became monotonous. Everything repeated over and over. And holy crap, there was a lot of torture happening. It just felt like it was stuck in a loop. I found it hard to keep reading at times because I was getting bored and it was feeling tedious so I was thankful that I added the whispersync narration so that I could power through those parts that were too boring to read. Listening to them helped.

Third, there were some things that didn't make sense. One example, Ryn was brutally tortured by this one guy and her blood was flying everywhere, yet it just so happens that her blood can kill the dude. So after that is found out, Ryn says he uses a whip rather than his "gloved fists" but uh, all of those torture sessions turned out just fine for him so.... And speaking of those "gloved fists" the word gloved was way over-used in this book. Someone's gloved hand or gloved fist was always doing something. We get it, they like their gloves..in fact, the gloves are probably just part of the uniform, therefore always on.

As far as the characters go, I pretty much hated Ryn in the beginning, once the drama started, because she was so incredibly stupid. She didn't listen to direct warnings and instructions, so that lead to her being taken to the torture-loving king. She hated the only person who was actually trying to make things better and covertly help her, the same person who tried to save her in the first place but she decided not to listen. I wanted to reach through the page and shake the hell out of her. Stupid girl. I started to like her a bit more later on but there really wasn't much growth or story arc to change things up, because as I said before, the story pretty much just looped for a good part of the book and not much happened. I really liked Lord Irrik. He was a good guy even though he did tons of horrible things.

I'm not sure if I will continue this series. Part of me is curious what will happen from here but the other part is okay leaving it end here. We'll see.
Edit: After reading through some reviews for the next two books, I am going to give them a hard pass. It sounds like they will not be my cup of tea. I am ending this series here, with the first book.

Audible: I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. The narration was okay. I wasn't a huge fan but it was fine. It was, however, a lifesaver during those parts where it just felt too boring to keep reading so there was that.

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  • CassD
  • Seattle, wa
  • 01-10-19

Great story, just lose the narrator’s shakey voice

I really enjoyed so much about this, but the narrator tries to convey how fearful the protagonist is (apparently ALL of the time) by forcing an obnoxious shake to her voice. (Her voice is good otherwise)

I hate that I’m letting it bother me so much; it’s just so distracting.

Turned it to double speed and that seemed to help me get around it...mostly.

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Horrible Narration

I’ve read the the series and loved it. I couldn’t stand the audio version. The narrator made Ryn sound like she was talking while traveling on a bumpy road. So much voice quavering. No really the quavering never stopped. Well unless Irrick was speaking, then things got worse.

Irrick’s voice sounded like a stereotype of a hated teacher; nasally, prim, and clipped. (He’s a dragon for goodness sake...how could you read his voice like that!)

I hung in there because of the story and kept hoping the narrator would settle in and capture the essence of the characters, but alas, that was not to be.

If you haven’t read the books, please don’t start with the audio version. It’s a really good story don’t allow this version to ruin it for you.

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love the story...narration eeeh

I have the e-book and loved but the narration is terrible. It's like listening to someone narrate while sitting on a washing machine. I understand she's trying to convey emotion but it's a bit too much.

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So much potential, saved by narrator

The story was overall entertaining due to the main characters lack of maturity, but that also made this book periodically painful to get through. worth reading, but not worth highly recommending.

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Dark

The story was incredibly written, but I kept waiting for things to lighten up and felt like it was just too dark. I kept waiting for the characters I loved to do something that never happened.

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boaring

I wanted to like it. I tried. but I found it was just to boaring. I didn't care for the style of writing.