Moving to London to enter society and find a husband is an exciting time for Prudence. But danger lurks as Prudence learns more about her deceased parents and both of her suitors seem to be involved. Prudence doesn’t know who she can trust.
Meanwhile, her cousin, Josephine, is drawn to her deceased mother’s artefacts and instantly realises there is something powerful at work, something linked to the supposed trolls the dashing Lieutenant Quimby has been sent to deal with.
Both girls must protect themselves from a past and a legacy they have no knowledge about, while also shielding their hearts.
Author: C.C Aune
Title: The Ill-Kept Oath
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
The Ill-Kept Oath honestly disappointed me. The synopsis on netgalley implied there would be real magic rather than the enchantment of love and the girls were moving away from dreaming of husbands and entering a dangerous world where mystery and secrecy clouded everything.
Instead, there were a few mishaps, the girls fell in love and the majority of the book was spent swooning over their respective gentlemen and why they hadn’t come to call.
The story takes place in London and the countryside. Prudence has entered society to find a husband. Her first suitor is boring, but meets the requirements until he vanishes in mysterious circumstances. Her second is exciting and captures Prudence’s heart, but is unreliable and is shrouded in secrecy. Josephine falls for Quimby – who turns out to be a decent match – and worries about him rather than how she slept-walked with her mother’s pistols to kill a troll.
Josephine was my favourite character by far. She had a cool head on her shoulders, even when she shot a troll with no idea how she got there. She saw sense in the danger that was occurring and tried to make Prudence see the truth as well. She handled the men around her with ease – they didn’t stand a chance against Lady Josephine Weston. Prudence, on the other hand, acted like a love-struck girl the entire time. Her character was not helped when the magic started to overcome her and she became irritable. It was far harder to connect with Prudence.
The book should be marketed as romance rather than science-fiction and fantasy as it was their love lives that were the focus, not the mystery. I liked the book – the concept was intriguing – but felt it lacked closure. The artefacts were never truly explained, nor was their history explored in any way. For the majority of the novel, the reader has no idea what they are. Then it felt the girls got their happily ever after’s without anything being properly resolved apart from Prudence realising she had been wrong the entire time.
I would recommend this book if you like romance with some fantasy elements thrown in. If you’re pure fantasy, then this may not be the best choice. Still, it’s an enjoyable tale.