About the Book
Author: Victoria McCombs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: February 15, 2022
Beware the waters. The dangerous deep brings ruin to all.
Emme has spent her life avoiding anything to do with pirates. But the fates are cruel, and now a hidden sickness leads her to partner with pirates for the one thing that can save her—a cure on an island none are certain exists.
The pirate captain’s secrets are darker than the deep and threaten to kill them all. His obligations are tinged with betrayal, for his oathbind must be fulfilled. To ignore it is to invite peril of unimaginable destruction.
As the adventure unfolds, the sea takes more than she expects and the sea gives more than he wants.
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About the Author
Victoria McCombs is the author of The Storyteller’s Series from Parliament House Press, and Oathbound. She writes young adult fantasy and adores stories about treacherous pirates and traitorous princes. Her favorite things include peppermint hot chocolate, peanut butter ice cream, game nights with family, and Jesus. She has her mom to thank for allowing so many medieval weapons inside the house as she was growing up, which curated her love for that time period. She is a mom of three little boys and a wife to the handsomest accountant there is. Together they live in Omaha, Nebraska.
Okay, so anyone who has known me for at least a few years knows I absolutely LOVE pirates. So, when I saw the sign-ups for this book, I was already on board. I mean, I loved the Isle of Swords series, so I was ready for a new pirate book.
And let me tell you, this book didn’t disappoint.
My favorite thing about this book was the characters. Again, you know me, I love good characters. I found them all to be believable, and they swayed me very easily. I was able to love the ones that are meant to be loved, and dislike the less savory of characters. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the urge to use a little slang there, I mean, they’re pirates after all.)
I think what I loved even more than the characters were the relationships between them. The sibling bond written in this book is one to be applauded greatly. I could feel the love and care between them and thought the author did a great job with how she portrayed that. I also loved how she didn’t make it easy when it came to the crew’s relationships with one another. Things aren’t easy when you’re stuck in a small space with multiple people, even when you care about them.
There were also some great twists in here too, but I don’t want to give too much away. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to figure those out! I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend for those who love pirates just as much as I do!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
More from Victoria
Oathbound was my quarantine book. I remember getting the idea and thinking “I don’t know of any other pirate books in the YA fantasy genre.” Of course, after that, I saw them everywhere, and several amazing ones have come out since. But theses broken pirates had grabbed my attention and I couldn’t let go.
One aspect of my book makes it unique, and that comes in our main character. My characters are a reflection of me, but none more so than Emme. We see early on that she is sick, and while the disease is made up for the book, it’s mirrored exactly by the disease that runs in my family called ataxia. This is a disease that impairs every part of life before it ends it too soon. I’ve never opened those emotions so fully to put them on a page, but Emme and I were going through this together. While I’m lucky not to have symptoms yet (and the chance to never have to go through it), this disability is something I understand deeply, and I’m honored to bring it to life on the page to show the strength that can lie within even when our bodies fail us.
I hope you all enjoy Oathbound!
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