I must say that I was very interested in Dragon's Oath. I was curious to find out about the history of the professors at the House of Night. I must also confess that I am one book behind in the series. The first chapter takes place right after the events in Awakening so the spoiler that occurred was a little shocking. But, in a way, I am glad that I know so that I am prepared when I sit down to read Awakened. You have now been warned. So, after the first chapter, we go back to 1830 when Dragon Lankford is first Marked. As a younger son to the Earl of Lankford, he specializes in getting into trouble with his sword and in the bedroom. His father has had enough and disowns him as well as banishes him from England. He becomes ill as his father's guards are taking him to the docks. Out of the shadows, comes a Tracker who Marks him. The Tracker gives him a choice, stay at the London House of Night or come with him on a boat to the New World. When he sees that the ship's masthead is in the shape of a dragon, there is no doubt that his future lies in America. I loved this whole part, seeing another Fledgling getting Marked. The perspective then shifts to Anastasia, a very young professor who has just started at the St. Louis House of Night in charge of teaching Spells and Rituals. She was a Quaker before she was Marked, a detail I really enjoyed. But I was dismayed to realize that some time had passed since we first saw Dragon. He is older and has grown even more proficient with his sword. I had wanted to see him develop over that time. But we do get to experience his attraction and devotion to Anastasia which was very sweet and romantic. Things seemed to be wrapped up rather quickly and we flash forward to the present day again. Overall, I would say this wasn't exactly what I expected. I would have liked to have seen more of Dragon and Anastasia after they fall in love, move to the Tulsa House, etc. I don't know if there are plans for a second book to flesh out those details but it would be nice. If you are a fan of the House of Night series and want a quick, sweet trip to Dragon's past then this book is perfect for you.
The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him
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?
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