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 take note. not anyone is familiar with the place it got here from, and which promise of his it symbolises, yet he slightly thinks approximately it at all—not due to the fact that changing into the main promising younger fighter ever to coach for the elite Yun defend. yet at the most vital day of his lifestyles, while he binds his lifestyles to his ally (and destiny king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a depressing mark into his skin.

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

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

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He shook his head violently, attempting to shed the fears. He suggestion again to his Yun education. He may well guard himself if the necessity arose. Raim took a deep breath and remained as nonetheless as attainable, attempting to decipher the beginning of the phrases. They weren’t in a tongue he famous, even though that also didn’t rule the audio system out as Yun warriors despatched to discover him. He felt a pang in his center. He must have been experiencing his first few days as totally fledges="indented" a 14 the instant he discovered the box of water, its inconspicuous brown leather-based spout poking in the course of the sand, he pounced on it like a wildcat and bit open the seal along with his again enamel.

He seemed over at Draikh, who shrugged. ‘Have you mentioned along with your hang-out what he recalls while he first seemed? ’ pressed on Zu. ‘My identify is Draikh, now not “haunt”,’ Draikh acknowledged, crossing his palms over his chest. ‘And we’ve been over it time and again. I take into account seeing Raim writhing at the flooring, being attacked through these pesky flies. i made a decision that I couldn’t simply enable him die, so I helped him out a bit. ’ Draikh shrugged. ‘And then i presumed i would in addition stick round, considering he continuously turns out wanting my aid.

So, what does it topic? he chided himself. It’s in contrast to he might get kicked out of Lazar – Puutra had made that transparent. nonetheless, he didn’t are looking to draw recognition to himself and very likely get Wadi in difficulty if she was once looking forward to him. yet she wouldn’t be ready on the pagoda if it was once less than watch. It was once now or by no means; he didn’t recognize whilst the defend may go back. He slipped during the curtain, attempting to movement it as low as attainable. The water mirrored a tiny volume of sunshine again, adequate for him to pick the opaque shapes of the stepping stones.

It bounced off with no even leaving a chip, so demanding and impenetrable used to be the stone. And as indignant as he used to be with the gods, he was once with grief and guilt and fury together with his personal activities. I killed her. and there's no method to make it correct. Had he simply Mhara’s directions from the start, she may nonetheless be alive. however it was once his satisfaction. It used to be his knot. It was once his promise to safeguard Khareh. Mhara had attempted to persuade him that Khareh was once treacherous, yet he used to be accountability sure to safeguard Khareh’s honour.

While Khareh was once inventing, not anything may cease him. as soon as he had even chop up the Seer-Queen’s prized scarf for you to get fabric of the best tensile power for his goat parachute – ‘in case bandits assault and we need to drop the goats off a mountain,’ he’d acknowledged. That used to be the opposite factor approximately Khareh’s innovations. They hardly made any feel to Raim. Khareh picked the disc up off the floor and put it delicately on most sensible of his contraption. In his hand he held an extended, skinny steel rod, which had little grooves on all of it down the facet.

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