Ranger’s Oath (Fall of Radiance)
Author: Blake Arthur Peel
Genre: Fantasy | YA
Publisher: Aethon Books
Release Date: February 28th 2020
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Magic has protected Tarsynium for a thousand years, shielding its people from being ravaged by bloodthirsty demons. When a young ranger’s apprentice named Owyn Lund discovers that the Arc of Radiance has been breached, he tries to warn anybody who will listen.
But legends aren’t supposed to be real.
When a village is mysteriously destroyed, rangers, mages, and rebels all point the finger, blaming each other for the demons’ brutality. However, Zara Dennel, a mage’s ward, has heard Owyn’s tale—and she’s inclined to believe him.
Together, they must prove that friendship is greater than intolerance, unity is more important than division, and that even the most powerful magic can sometimes not be enough.
Failure means the end of all things. A second—and lasting—Doom.
Ranger’s Oath Review
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What I Loved
Let me just start off by saying I loved this book!! I started it the other night after work and before I knew it I was nearly done. I couldn’t believe how quickly I managed to get through it. The story is easy to follow and I instantly fell in love with the world of mages, rangers and demons. The way the author describes the world makes it easy to visualise. It felt like I was there sometimes.
I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about a couple of the characters and the City of Tarsynium just because I’m an eager beaver and want to find out everything!
The story is set in Emberwood for the most part and I just think that is a beautiful name for a place. I love how we get to see so many different parts of this world, from the different towns scattered around to the dark, eerie forest that may possess demons.
Owyn, an apprentice ranger is shut down and laughed at by the Arch-Magus and the other mages when he declares he saw a demon. He’s told to never bring it up again. Curiosity gets the better of initiate mage, Zara and she convinces Owyn to take her to the place he saw the demon. They are forced to push away their dislike of one another and work together to stop this immense threat from reaching the village. It is definitely a lot worse than they initially thought.
There is plenty of action and adventure in the story which makes the book really fun to read. I really loved how we get to see Owyn and the other rangers fight with their incredible archery skills, as well as Zara and the other mages, slay with their magic. There’s plenty of twists to keep you on the edge
It’s something different that I’ve never really read about and I couldn’t tear myself away. The story is fast-paced and engaging, it definitely leaves you wanting more.
I loved reading from both Owyn’s and Zara’s POV. The two characters are so different but both so enjoyable, it made me look forward to each chapter even more. They are both smart, confident and extremely talented, I immediately liked them both and rooted for them all the way through. I also adore their relationship, it was so much fun to see their friendship blossom and their dislike for each other slowly fade away.
There are plenty of other characters that I loved, especially Owyn’s master, Elias. You can tell he cares for Owyn a great deal and teaches him the ways to become a great ranger. I’m so intrigued by his characters and I can’t wait to find out more about him.
Overall, Ranger’s Oath is a compelling, fast-paced fantasy that will have you hooked from the beginning. There are plenty of fun and relatable characters and intense action scenes. I can’t wait to learn more about this world in the second book!
About the Author
Blake Arthur Peel has been coming up with stories ever since he was a kid. He inflicted his scribblings on family members and friends throughout his youth, always drawing maps in the back of notebooks and daydreaming when he probably should have been paying attention. It wasn’t until he was out of college that he finally decided to get serious about pursuing his career as a fantasy author.
His favourite stories have always been about good conquering evil, fantastic worlds and wondrous magic systems. The works that have most inspired him are The Lord of the Rings, The Dragonlance Chronicles, The Riftwar Saga, The Stormlight Archive, and The Wheel of Time, among many others. Blake was born and raised in Hemet, California. Nowadays, he lives in Tennessee with his wife and two sons.
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