Wednesday, June 1, 2016

by Patricia Reding
 This week, I’m deviating from my normal blog post format of reviewing children’s books to feature Patricia Reding, author of OATHTAKER, the first novel in her Fantasy series. The second volume is SELECT.  I met Patricia through the 2015 Literary Classics Award Program. Here's the OATHTAKER synopsis:

An Oath Sworn. A Struggle Engaged. A Sacrifice Required.
When Mara, a trained Oathtaker, is drawn by the scent of the Select to battle underworld beasts summoned by powers of evil to destroy the guardians of life, she swears an oath for the protection of her charge. 
Armed with a unique weapon and her attendant magic, and with the aid of her Oathtaker cohorts, two ancients and a spymaster, Mara seeks safety for her charge from one who would end Oosa’s rightful line of rule and from assassins who endeavor to bring ruin to the land.
As Mara puzzles to decipher ancient prophecy concerning her charge, as she is haunted with memories of her own past failings, she discovers the price her oath will exact. 
To renounce her word would be treasonous; to fail, ruinous; to persevere, tortuous.
Abiding by an oath requires sacrifice.
There are five interview questions to introduce Ms. Reding’s series. I posted the first two questions on Monday, the second on Tuesday,  today the fourth, and the fifth question on Thursday:

4. What “other world” (which could be a time, place, or fantasy place) created in any book you’ve written or read is the world you would most like to visit and why?
This could take some real thinking.  I guess it would depend in part on how long I got to stay there—or had to stay there.  If for a short time, I would love to see Charles Dickens’s London.  Or, I would love to meet Victor Hugo’s Jean Valjean.  Could he possibly be as self-sacrificing as he is made out to be?  Just think of all the interesting characters you might happen along in Lord of the Rings, or in The Hobbit!  How about spending a day at Hogwarts?  So many, many times/places to consider!
Information about OATHTAKER and author Patricia Reding is at
Come back tomorrow for the next interview questions.
Oathtaker, Fantasy, Patricia Reding, Magic, Sword and Sorcery  

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