The Oathbreaker's Shadow (The Knots Sequence, Book 1)

By Amy McCulloch

Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a global the place you tie a knot for each promise that you just make. holiday that promise and also you are scarred for all times, and solid out into the desert.

Raim has worn an easy knot round his wrist for so long as he can have in mind. not anyone understands the place it got here from, and which promise of his it symbolises, yet he slightly thinks approximately it at all—not seeing that turning into the main promising younger fighter ever to coach for the elite Yun protect. yet at the most vital day of his existence, while he binds his existence to his ally (and destiny king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a gloomy mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has concepts: run, or be killed.

A gripping YA action-adventure fable, the 1st a part of a deliberate duology

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You will have by no means noticeable something love it. the previous Batar-Khan, now just to be remembered as Batar, was once brutally killed in entrance of his complete extended family. ’ Anger surged via Raim then. ‘No! ’ he cried. ‘You’re mendacity. Khareh might by no means do this. ’ ‘Khareh didn’t do it. no longer himself, besides. He ordered Batar-Khan’s personal males to do the deed as a substitute. and not using a Protector, Batar-Khan used to be too vulnerable to protect himself. And together with his dying, the entire promise-knots made via the warlords have been undone. His complete tribe submitted to Khareh’s rule. After that, one after the other, the remainder of the warlords capitulated. together with my tribe. ’ A reminiscence flashed earlier than Raim’s eyes, a acceptance of Silas’s countrymen. Silas hailed from an analogous territory as Ryopi, that contentious lot who scarcely strayed from the river. they'd be the final to keep on with a plains-man; they currents and shoals. Raim puzzled while Khareh-Khan had develop into Khareh-Tornado. ‘Then why are you right here? ’ requested Raim. ‘Yes, inform him. ’ Silas’s hang-out slowly slid the blade via his spectral hands, slic tremendous bl for youding the webby sinews had they been actual. Raim’s abdominal grew to become. A hacking cough escaped Silas. He doubled in part, convulsing in jarring gasps as though he expelled his existence with each heave. against this, Raim’s breath was once stuck in his throat. He waited for the fellow to calm and start his tale. within the second ahead of Silas started, Raim heard a flag flutter open air, the 1st time he were capable of pay attention any noise from past the room. Silas’s hang-out, for the 1st time in view that their dialog begun, had ceased his spiteful mutterings. ‘It all occurred so quickly,’ he acknowledged. He diminished himself onto the cot within the centre of the room and stared on the ground. His face contorted with conflicting feelings because the stories flooded again. ‘The Yun held their council a couple of hours after the takeover was once introduced. The Rentai used to be chaos. Such turmoil! ’ there has been a glint of pleasure in his eye and he leaned in, his reminiscence gaining momentum. ‘This Erdene, this new Seer-Queen and Yun chief, she wouldn't settle for the suggestions of any elder Yun. It was once seen Khareh-Khan had coached her – yet nonetheless you'll see the glance of sheer terror in her eyes. ‘Some attempted to be sort, announcing she didn't know the way deep she used to be in Darhanian politics. The most powerful and wisest Yun observed her worry and attempted to calm her, to speak feel to her. yet then, there has been a gaggle people, all from the east that idea she may by no means see feel – and we have been right, i'd upload. We notion shall we triumph over her. while she demanded we pledge our lives to Khareh – think, to not the land, to Khareh, as though we have been all his Protectors! – we threw off our mask in defiance. yet our uprising didn't pass as deliberate. as though a mystery voice whispered in that infantile ear and imbued her with energy, she banished us from the room, flippantly telling us we'd by no means be aware of the key in the back of the Khan’s energy, and that every one the others current have been forbidden to bare it to us. the ability grew to become visible prior to lengthy.

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