Monday, July 1, 2013

Oath of Servitude by C.E. Wilson, A New Introduction To Fantasy.

I have never really been too drawn to the pixi and fairie genre YA books. I have read Wicked Lovely and Need but have never continued past the first book in these series. Not because they weren't good, just not a priority. So after being contacted by C.E. Wilson regarding her new debut book The Oath of Servitude I figured it was definitely worth the read after reviewing the summary. The opening of the story was excellent and written very well. It sets a great pace and tone for the book that caught me off guard.

The Oath of Servitude is written in the perspective of Cailin, Teague, and Cailin's clan back home. I think this was a smart choice by Wilson because there are so many things that are going on with a variety of characters. Sometimes this can confuse a reader but the story lines are always kept straight and this allowed them to intertwine nicely.  



Teague’s was the charmed life of a popular athlete that came to a crashing halt. Cailin is a pixi learning the price of nonconformity in her rigid clan. She fears the darkness. He is trapped there for all eternity. But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light within themselves.

Cailin is the most loyal type of confusing. Her heart is always in the right place but it's her heart that acts first, not her brain. Usually these types of characters have me shouting at my book, begging them to see the bigger picture and not react so passionately. But with Cailin it was different. She is always torn between different things, wondering if the dangerous decision she toggles with will lead her to a worse fate. I believe readers will be asking themselves along with Cailin, "What if?"
Her relationship with Teague has a very beauty and the beast quality. In no way do I feel Teague's appearance is beast like, but his heart is somewhat and rightfully so. Pixie's are fragile creatures because of their tiny demeanor but Cailin's attitude towards authority totally stomps this out.

Teague's biggest struggle in the book is his new identity. Rather than holding onto to what is salvageable from his past with white knuckles he's instead beating his current life to death. He is stubborn and does not want to listen to reason. His talent to hold his liquor and never do anything on his own make him very ugly in the beginning. He is just too much to take, that even his dad has to wrangle in help to keep his son in line.  But he becomes a very layered character that readers will eventually get behind.

I thought that his curiosity about Cailin was adorable. I can't really say why he has a unique curiosity without spoiling the books secrets but I felt that those parts particularly where my favorite because they offer a sense of mystery towards Cailin. As a reader I learned more about Cailin from Teague's perspective.

Readers will be in for a special treat because there is also a mini story within the book. It's sort of an origin story regarding Cailin's and Teague's father's prior friendship. This book does have a huge serving of story with many important incorporated pieces. This can be one of my major turn offs towards the fantasy genre if not done right. When there are too many bits that I have to remember it can be confusing to me and then I just wind up not finishing the book. In Oath of Servitude this certainly does not happen.  The story is written with a nice pace and the drama is pinpointed in the right places.

This is a good introduction into the pixi world for a first timer. The ending will have the people who want more Teague and Cailin very curious. It was a pretty awesome way to get readers to want more, very Empire Strikes Back, but in pixi style.

Oath of Servitude is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

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