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The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him In early 19th century England, long befor The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate. Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world...In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling… But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?   


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The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him In early 19th century England, long befor The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate. Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world...In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling… But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?   

30 review for Dragon's Oath

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~Poppy~

    4.5 Stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    First, let me say that I hate the House of Night series. So, if you look at it that way, a 2 star rating really isn't that bad. Still. It wasn't good. For those of you who have read the HON books, this is Dragon and Anastasia's story. For those of you who haven't read the series...lucky you. It's got all of the usual House of Night mumbo-jumbo in it. It reads like a wiccan coca-cola commercial. If the whole world could just get together and hold hands, then everything will be ok! Whatever. I kn First, let me say that I hate the House of Night series. So, if you look at it that way, a 2 star rating really isn't that bad. Still. It wasn't good. For those of you who have read the HON books, this is Dragon and Anastasia's story. For those of you who haven't read the series...lucky you. It's got all of the usual House of Night mumbo-jumbo in it. It reads like a wiccan coca-cola commercial. If the whole world could just get together and hold hands, then everything will be ok! Whatever. I know what you're thinking. Why the #*@! did you read the book if you hate House of Night? Ok. There's a perfectly rational explanation for this. I recently moved, so I'm just now getting to know my neighbors. I finally met a really nice lady (who just happens to have kids the same age as mine! Score!), and she noticed that I was reading some book in a paranormal series. She told me she loves those kinds of books, too. Bonus! Then she told me that she loved the House of Night series. *balloon deflates* Hey, nobody's perfect, right? Anyway, she sort of assumed that I liked the series, because I admitted that I had read the books. I may have neglected to mention that I would rather eat hot coals than read another one. Sooooo. I did a nice thing for once in my life, and told her that there was new House of Night novella that just came out. I should have remembered that no good deed goes unpunished. She bought it. She loved it. She gave it to me to read next...'cause she's nice. Dammit! As I saw it I only had three choices. 1)Fess up. Which would mean essentially telling her that she has horrible taste in books. 2)Lie. Wait a week or so. Give the book back. Pretend that I had read it. And then pray to God that she didn't ask me any questions. 3)Suck it up. At least it was only a novella, right? So I decided to just suck it up. Did I mention that our kids are the same age? Now I only have to worry that she'll buy the next House of Night book when it comes out. Did I mention that she's super-duper nice? Oh God...I feel sick. See, kids? This is how a lie can snowball on you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    “Mercy is stronger than your sword.” The beginning of the love story between Bryan ‘Dragon’ Lankford and Professor Anastasia. Dragon was just a young fledgling who was already a master on sword fighting and a heartbreaker. A bit older Anastasia is already a professor and she does not believe in violence. Still she will give Dragon a chance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    With a name like "Dragon's Oath" you would expect there to be a dragon, but nope! This book is about vampires. Only this vampire world is not like any other that I've read before. The vampire society (the House of Night) is more like a reclusive group of mages more than anything. "Dragon" is a guy who is aspiring to be a warrior for the clan - he fights like a dragon, thus the name. He's also an arrogant heartbreaker, so Anastasia (the professor of spells) decides to cast a spell that will break With a name like "Dragon's Oath" you would expect there to be a dragon, but nope! This book is about vampires. Only this vampire world is not like any other that I've read before. The vampire society (the House of Night) is more like a reclusive group of mages more than anything. "Dragon" is a guy who is aspiring to be a warrior for the clan - he fights like a dragon, thus the name. He's also an arrogant heartbreaker, so Anastasia (the professor of spells) decides to cast a spell that will break any infatuation that his fellow students might have for him. In the process, Anastasia meets his future self and learns that their fates are intertwined. Aww. Unfortunately, that knowledge is also delivered to an evil enemy lurking in a nearby town. This is a good example of how a novella can accomplish a lot in a few amount of pages. I had a good sense of who each of the MCs was and what his/her motivations are. I even got a glimpse of the bigger plot for the series, or so I thought. When I glanced through the other books for the author, it seems the House of Night series is about a character named Zoey - not Dragon and Anastasia - so I am confused about how/where this novella fits in. Thank Google! It seems I stumbled upon this novella at the wrong time! It turns out that Dragon is a character in the series, but this novella doesn't fit in until after book 8!! So whoops! No wonder I was a little confused. I did like the author's writing style, so perhaps I'll put the House of Night series on my TBR.

  5. 5 out of 5

    CαthεεBooks

    Come by my blog, Forever Lost in Books, for MORE reviews, giveaways, interviews and memes! My (High!) Opinion : So, this is the first book in the House of Night Novellas series, which is a story set in the the Cast's House of Night world, which is awesome. First, let me say I really like the HoN (House of Night) series by the Casts. And i was really excited when my library contacted me to say this book had arrived in my account. I almost screamed. Okay, maybe not, but I was really happy. I had rea Come by my blog, Forever Lost in Books, for MORE reviews, giveaways, interviews and memes! My (High!) Opinion : So, this is the first book in the House of Night Novellas series, which is a story set in the the Cast's House of Night world, which is awesome. First, let me say I really like the HoN (House of Night) series by the Casts. And i was really excited when my library contacted me to say this book had arrived in my account. I almost screamed. Okay, maybe not, but I was really happy. I had really high expectations and *drum rolls* I loved it! I even thought the book was better than the HoN series. I thought Dragon/Bryan Lankford was sooooooo cute! All arrogant and funny *grin*. And Anastasia was all peaceful, and beautiful. So, I really liked the characters. The writing was, from my opinion, better than the one in the HoN. It was soft, and also fast-paced, and I liked the way the author used Dragon's arrogance. And don't you love the cover? I hope that'S Anastasia, because she is so beautiful. And I hope that's Dragon's sword. It'S awesome. I thought Dragon's decision was heart-breaking. I almost cried. Poor him; he *SPOILY SPOLIER* lost Anastasia, and betrayed Nyx *Okay, you can continue*.¸ Anyway, I am hoping the next House of Night Novella will be as good as this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maria Mercedes

    I've been looking forward to this novella for a while now. Dragon Lankford was my favorite of Zoe's instructors. I always knew there was more to him than beat the eye. This is the story of how he came to be a vampire & how he fell in love with his Anastasia. The mother daughter team tie the modern day story line in perfectly. it is truely a great read! I've been looking forward to this novella for a while now. Dragon Lankford was my favorite of Zoe's instructors. I always knew there was more to him than beat the eye. This is the story of how he came to be a vampire & how he fell in love with his Anastasia. The mother daughter team tie the modern day story line in perfectly. it is truely a great read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    it was okay. i liked that we know more about dragon and anastasia's romance. it was sweet but i wasn't necessarily connecting much with them. also, i appreciated that none of the major house of night characters were present in the novella. it was okay. i liked that we know more about dragon and anastasia's romance. it was sweet but i wasn't necessarily connecting much with them. also, i appreciated that none of the major house of night characters were present in the novella.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna {Book Passion For Life}

    I’ve always been a fan of the House of Night series so I was looking forward to reading more about another character. Admittedly when I found out this book was Dragon’s story, I was a bit hesitant but I actually really enjoyed his story. With this novella only being 160 pages, I flew through the book and found I enjoyed Dragon’s story a lot more because it didn’t drag. It was a nice short and simple read and just what I needed. Dragon for me has always been a likeable character and after losing I’ve always been a fan of the House of Night series so I was looking forward to reading more about another character. Admittedly when I found out this book was Dragon’s story, I was a bit hesitant but I actually really enjoyed his story. With this novella only being 160 pages, I flew through the book and found I enjoyed Dragon’s story a lot more because it didn’t drag. It was a nice short and simple read and just what I needed. Dragon for me has always been a likeable character and after losing Anastasia he did start to change, especially in Awakened….I felt like he kind of lost his way. I actually started to dis-like him in the last book with how he treated Rephaim and turning his back on Zoe so I felt this was a great time for the Cast’s to introduce Dragon’s past. Dragon’s story shows you he was marked and how he matures into the person you see in the House of Night books but most importantly, we find out how he met and fell in love with Anastasia. Although I felt they were quiet brief and short scenes, I do feel they showed the readers what they were meant to show…it’s all about love. The bond the couple share is strong and unbreakable, so to lose Anastasia the way he did, no wonder Dragon’s struggling with her death. I actually glad we got to see how they fell in love because now, I feel I can sympathize with Dragon more as a character and have a better understanding of what he’s going through. The end of the book does leave readers wondering what choice’s Dragon will choose in the next House of Night books and I for one am looking forward to seeing what happens. Overall, this book is a great addition to the House of Night Series and I highly recommend it to any fans of the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessthebookslover

    The Casts never fail to surprise me. There writing style always a pleasure to read. Going back to this world, thanks to this FANTASTIC novella, was heart-warming and heartbreaking at the same time. I might have to plan a re reading session of the entire series soon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Williamson

    I loved this novella. It was just plain beautiful. The present time parts are absolutely heartbreaking but learning the story behind Dragon and Anastasia was truly a gift from the authors.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    The following disclaimers apply to the following review: I've never read anything by either author, I have no idea what series this book belonged too and therefore read it as more of a stand-alone novel, and I won this as a Goodreads First Read. I've read worse. At least this was relatively short- though not short enough. All I could think about was the term 'fluffy bunny,' which is a "pejorative expression used since at least 2001 in Wicca (and in Neopaganism generally) to refer to adherents of t The following disclaimers apply to the following review: I've never read anything by either author, I have no idea what series this book belonged too and therefore read it as more of a stand-alone novel, and I won this as a Goodreads First Read. I've read worse. At least this was relatively short- though not short enough. All I could think about was the term 'fluffy bunny,' which is a "pejorative expression used since at least 2001 in Wicca (and in Neopaganism generally) to refer to adherents of the religion who are thought to be superficial or faddish. They are considered to dislike darker elements and emphasise goodness, light, eclecticism and elements taken from the New Age movement, or follow it as a fad." - Wikipedia There was absolutely nothing happening for the vast majority of the novella. Most of it was unnecessary dialogue and tedious descriptions about made-up spells with moronic rhymes. But if you throw in a bunch of amateur couplets, it makes everything MAGIC!!! oh wait, 'magick.' No. Lame. Stop it. The characters were very generic. You had the bad guy who was obsessed with dark power and fed his dark beast blood, not to mention that he was a rapist. You have the wise, gorgeous, and innocent earth-affiliated priestess who is nothing but purity and goodness and peace. And then there's the good, handsome young guy who has to find himself and his inner balance. Lame! Speaking of the characters, they had no unique characteristics whatsoever. Their distinctive, complex personalities? Non-existent. The romance? Typical. The good, pretty girl takes one look at a future image of some gorgeous boy and falls in love within, what, a day? No. Shut up. I'm so sick and tired of this bull in my books. Knock it off, this love at first sight because omg-they're-hot bull is the #1 way to #[email protected]% up your novel. By the way, if I see the words "magick" or, god forbid, "vampyre," ever again, I will tear someone's hair out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    A quick read but an enjoyable book.   Both characters Bryan aka Dragon and Anastasia are strong headed characters but with the darkness looking to destroy them both I wonder if Dragon will be strong enough to ward off evil and protect Anastasia too or will he have to make a choice? I guess I will have to continue to see.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    It was so nice being back in the world of The House of Night! I loved hearing more about Dragon and Anastasia’s story! I’ve missed the world of The House of Night!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Notreallywolf

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This wasn't worth the trouble of carrying it home from the library. While it seems to be about Dragon, it's actually about his romantic entanglement with his professor. Although there is little age difference between Dragon and Anastasia, there is the reiteration of the breaking of professional boundaries, just as there was between Zoey and the Poet Loreate, Loren. The Casts seem to think this is an appropriate plot line because it is the second time it has been employed. Yes, age would be a ver This wasn't worth the trouble of carrying it home from the library. While it seems to be about Dragon, it's actually about his romantic entanglement with his professor. Although there is little age difference between Dragon and Anastasia, there is the reiteration of the breaking of professional boundaries, just as there was between Zoey and the Poet Loreate, Loren. The Casts seem to think this is an appropriate plot line because it is the second time it has been employed. Yes, age would be a very important factor in vampire novels because the vampires are almost immortal. So far none of them have shown much maturity for their advanced age-Dragon is still under the evil headmistress's spell despite the fact he has lived for a hundred years with Anastasia. Apparently he was a slow student, or she lost her preceptive powers as time went on, because Nefret had both of them confused, and then Dragon is willing to overide his oath and his sneaking distrust of Neferet. The closest thing we have to peeking into a love matured by a lasting long term relationship is on the cloistered Isle of Skye, which has a fairy tale quality about it. There is no social evolution evident in vampire culture. One of my discomforts with this series was reading about Zoey with a man four years her senior, especially for the first time. There are some good reasons for statory rape laws, because there is a threshold of development, emotionally and physically that people pass in their own time. The law seeks to protect minors from experienced predators. The rules about students and teachers are also put there for good reason. Pop culture tends to exagerate girls getting grades by office hours with male professors, but it never really explores what this says about female education-if you beelive that women are as smart as men, why would they take this path unless they were simply lazy? And at what cost to their self esteem? What meaning would a diploma based on prostitution provide one? But Zoey and Dragon weren't seeking to seduce their instructors in grade prostition. Zoey was being undermined by Nefret, and Loren was Nefret's tool. Zoey's self esteem is tanked out very briefly, but only because of her fear that others will think she is a 'ho. Zoey's concerns are very animalistic-she fears her own desires and projects them on to her peers. When she has given it up to Loren, she is mostly concerned about being torn apart from or by her pack. As usual she's saved from any introspection by Impending Doom. In Dragon's Oath, the male saves his professor from harm, several times, a Warrior motif, but one that leaves one doubting Anastasia's abilities. And she isn't in control of her sexuality any more than Zoey is, because she pursues Dragon, or allows him to pursue her. In the 1890's sexuality of any kind usually debarred female school teachers from teaching. Male teachers might be married, but the women were not allowed the priviledge and paid far less. There is no real historical sensitivity in Dragon's Oath.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    House of Night Novellas: Dragon's Oath: ★★★★☆ Lenobia's Vow: TBD Kalona's Fall: TBD Neferet's Curse: TBD “Mercy is stronger than your sword.” Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. Continuing on with my House of Night reread (and in the case of some books, or these novellas, first time reading) with Dragon's Oath! To be perfectly honest with you guys, I'd been procrastinating reading the novellas for YEARS. We're talking almost a decade because I'm nothing if not consiste House of Night Novellas: Dragon's Oath: ★★★★☆ Lenobia's Vow: TBD Kalona's Fall: TBD Neferet's Curse: TBD “Mercy is stronger than your sword.” Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. Continuing on with my House of Night reread (and in the case of some books, or these novellas, first time reading) with Dragon's Oath! To be perfectly honest with you guys, I'd been procrastinating reading the novellas for YEARS. We're talking almost a decade because I'm nothing if not consistently trash at keeping up with series. It took me forever to get to Dragon's Oath, because, well, I didn't care for Dragon Lankford a majority of the time in general during the original series run. He rubbed me the wrong way. This changed with his Other World counterpart in Lost and, of course, the way his story arch ended in the original series run. Naturally, I got curious and sucked it up by finally reading Dragon's Oath. I'm glad I did! I'm beginning to feel a bit hungover from the excellence that is the series' later years (and the superior sequel series: House of Night Other World) and felt like Dragon's Oath absolutely added an extra layer to the series. It was nice seeing the backstory to Dragon and Anastasia's romance; how Dragon came to be marked, how they came to know one another, how they fell in love. Everything sort of clicks and shifted into focus for me throughout Dragon's Oath and I can honestly say that my opinions of Dragon have changed a bit more with it. Seeing Anastasia's quest for peace and her early stages as a professor, seeing Dragon's growth from before he was marked into his time as fledgling and then, of course, as a vampyre, was truly sweet. I thought the way that their romance blossomed was a really, really nice touch. Plus, I am a sucker for opposites attracting one another. Give me all the softies who put the more arrogant/angry at ease. Experiencing how they came to be was truly a delight. There was a little of everything, despite its length: romance, action, magic, hope, loss and more. All of these moments really excel at bringing both Dragon and Anastasia to life. My only complaint is that it was only a novella. I wish we'd had a full length novel, to give their connection more time to grow. I'm grateful for Dragon's Oath, though. It definitely adds something to what made Dragon's reactions, and anger and pain, so potent during his final arch in House of Night.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fangs for the Fantasy

    There is something absolutely wonderful about a short story from the House of Night series – it doesn’t have enough room or enough people to be nearly as awful as the main series. Yes, this book hereby gets the prize for being the first House of Night book that I DON’T think will inspire an invading alien species to wipe us out because the universe needs to be spared our bullshit. This makes the book good in comparison to the series – but not good. As I say with every short story as part of a seri There is something absolutely wonderful about a short story from the House of Night series – it doesn’t have enough room or enough people to be nearly as awful as the main series. Yes, this book hereby gets the prize for being the first House of Night book that I DON’T think will inspire an invading alien species to wipe us out because the universe needs to be spared our bullshit. This makes the book good in comparison to the series – but not good. As I say with every short story as part of a series, I look for a point. What does this story add to the larger story of the books? Why should readers read this book as part of a greater whole? Because the best short stories both add to the larger series, without being essential (so a reader can skip them without being lost in the main plot but still add interesting new elements to the main story). And I can’t say I see a big point on this book. We get an insight into Dragon and Anastasia… but firstly both of these characters are dead. It’s not like they’re characters who are going to have continued affect on the book series. Secondly, they’re not exactly influential characters. I honesty would find it bemusing if any fan of the series (of course I find “fans” of this series bemusing in general) could genuinely say they were intrigued by these characters. I mean, beyond “she loved Dragon and she died” what pertinent information did we have about Anastasia? What was so intriguing or important about her that anyone really needed to read her story? The same applies to Dragon – was there any reason to care about this character? Like Anastasia, he was a cardboard cut-out of a character – the guy who can use a sword. That was his pretty much only definition of him. Read More

  17. 4 out of 5

    hayden

    http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/2... Seriously. How awesome-looking is that?! Now, for the review. . . . DRAGON'S OATH took me exactly 28 minutes and 17.5 seconds to read. That's it. No joke. I timed myself. That being said, there's not a whole lot of new and exciting content. It almost seemed like a short story to me, one with a lot of really extended, unnecessary detail. The first chapter and the epilogue were in present-day HoN, and chapters two through eight were back when Dragon was Marked http://www.goodreads.com/photo/user/2... Seriously. How awesome-looking is that?! Now, for the review. . . . DRAGON'S OATH took me exactly 28 minutes and 17.5 seconds to read. That's it. No joke. I timed myself. That being said, there's not a whole lot of new and exciting content. It almost seemed like a short story to me, one with a lot of really extended, unnecessary detail. The first chapter and the epilogue were in present-day HoN, and chapters two through eight were back when Dragon was Marked and all the chaos that ensued. (I know. Eight chapters. That's it?) Nevertheless, the novella was really well-written, and although it lacked length, it made up for it in plot and characterization. The primary reason DRAGON'S OATH wasn't five pages was because every chapter ended on the left page, the right page after was blank, the left page after had an illustration, and the right page started the next chapter. So, basically, about three pages are blank per chapter, which just seems lazy on PC's part. That all being said, PC and Kristin Cast's latest miniature (literally) installment in the House of Night series was thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed reading about the spell casting and about the Darkness, a prominent theme in current House of Night books (AWAKENED, I'm sure DESTINED as well), and I'm sure we'll hear more about that in future books. I look forward to DESTINED!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    4 Stars I never really connected with Bryan "Dragon" Lankford in the full length novels, he seems distant, cold and more then a little aloof. Except ,of course, to Anastasia. Then I read this novella and I saw him in a whole new light. While at the beginning he is an arrogant, spoiled son of an English Earl, that soon changes. As his world comes crashing down, he finds out the hard way that he is not near as important as he thought he was. Anastasia was a Quaker until she was Marked by Nyx. A 4 Stars I never really connected with Bryan "Dragon" Lankford in the full length novels, he seems distant, cold and more then a little aloof. Except ,of course, to Anastasia. Then I read this novella and I saw him in a whole new light. While at the beginning he is an arrogant, spoiled son of an English Earl, that soon changes. As his world comes crashing down, he finds out the hard way that he is not near as important as he thought he was. Anastasia was a Quaker until she was Marked by Nyx. A compassionate pacifist who thinks little of Dragon, his conceited arrogance or his penchant for violence. Anastasia sees another side to him when she learns she is his saving grace, quite literally. She was shown by the goddess Nyx what Dragon will become with out her and it was not good. Not good at all. He will become a heartless killing machine, killing without conscience or mercy. At the end of this story,I hurt for him and yet was happy that he had become the "good" version of himself. One blessed by the goddess Nyx. I have already read the novel *Hidden (House of Night #10) and know what destiny awaits Dragon. It is heartbreaking yet beautiful. This is so well written. It has a better flow then most of the full length novels. If you are a fan of this series then this is a MUST READ. A companion piece to let you see into the life and love of Bryan "Dragon" Lankford and his Anastasia.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lala

    "Oh!" She breathed a long, awestruck breath. "They are so beautiful." With a trembling hand, she reached out and traced the new tattoos of the fully Changed vampyre beside her. "What are they? What do they look like?" he asked. "Dragons," she said. "They look exactly like dragons." Cute. I enjoyed this very short little glimpse into the younger Bryan “Dragon” Lankford. As well as glimpsing Bryan we get to see Anastasia and how they came to be together. It was a very sweet little tale. I would hav "Oh!" She breathed a long, awestruck breath. "They are so beautiful." With a trembling hand, she reached out and traced the new tattoos of the fully Changed vampyre beside her. "What are they? What do they look like?" he asked. "Dragons," she said. "They look exactly like dragons." Cute. I enjoyed this very short little glimpse into the younger Bryan “Dragon” Lankford. As well as glimpsing Bryan we get to see Anastasia and how they came to be together. It was a very sweet little tale. I would have loved to have read this story much earlier on in the series. I found that this story brought me closer to both Bryan (Dragon) and Anastasia and I think had I read this earlier I would have felt closer to these characters, and therefore appreciated their sacrifice more. I do however, look forward to going back to the beginning of the HON series and re-reading it. Perhaps then I can embrace these characters as much as I do the young fledglings :D I realize I was supposed to read this prior to reading Destined (I did not, I recommend that you do) but I can see there were some set ups for what takes place in Destined. Well done. And Bryan…as a young man…quite swoon worthy! "Your death has broken me; the dragon is all I have left to be"

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    *Short review for a short book* Very predictable. We have a Quaker girl who is very young, especially by vampire standards, who really wants to make sure her students understand she is in charge. We have Dragon, which is a player for sure, since he was kicked out by his father for not keeping it in his pants, he gets marked. Then he becomes a sword master, which makes sense since he just gets by on that and has no real smarts to him. Everyone is obsessed with him, including males, so the Quaker/ *Short review for a short book* Very predictable. We have a Quaker girl who is very young, especially by vampire standards, who really wants to make sure her students understand she is in charge. We have Dragon, which is a player for sure, since he was kicked out by his father for not keeping it in his pants, he gets marked. Then he becomes a sword master, which makes sense since he just gets by on that and has no real smarts to him. Everyone is obsessed with him, including males, so the Quaker/Teacher does a spell to show them who he "really" is and guess what, he shows up there during it?! And they fall in love. End. That's it. Ugh.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Good read, provided an interesting look at Dragon's past and character and why he is the way he is. Didnt really pull me in like the other books but it was a good insight into a character. Good read, provided an interesting look at Dragon's past and character and why he is the way he is. Didnt really pull me in like the other books but it was a good insight into a character.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin ✨

    This was actually kind of cute and nice. Not great, but just nice enough for 3 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Vanden broeck

    Fun extra with the HoN series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Honestly, if you didn't like the House of Nights series why read these? Also, if you haven't read the series you won't fully be able to appreciate them. I have read and loved the series multiple times and also loved this one. However, I know for a fact if I hadn't read the series prior I wouldn't get the references and would be royally confused. Honestly, if you didn't like the House of Nights series why read these? Also, if you haven't read the series you won't fully be able to appreciate them. I have read and loved the series multiple times and also loved this one. However, I know for a fact if I hadn't read the series prior I wouldn't get the references and would be royally confused.

  25. 4 out of 5

    lucy

    I had this book lying around forever thinking I’d just read it whenever I went back to The House of Night series but I needed something to read quickly, and I’ve never been so glad. This novella was literally all my favourite bits of any book put together. It’s made me love Dragon and Anastasia so much more: they’re so perfect for each other it makes my heart hurt.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    This is probably one of the better additions to the House of Nights series. I’m not a great fan of either Dragon or Anastasia from the main series, but this was cute and charming. It provided insight into both characters, and it was quite nice.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lukashi -

    Lots of feeling. 3.5/5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff

    3.75 stars I really liked that we got to know Dragon Langford better in a way and how is oath to Anastasia came to be.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Magic, dragons, vampires and let us not forget love, angst and revenge all wrapped up in a great little novella. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)

    This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic. A worthwhile addition to the House of Night series: fun, romantic and ultimately satisfying. Although I was a little nervous about returning to this series after such a long break from it, Dragon has always been my favourite House of Night teacher (of the martial art fencing) so I was interested in finding out more of his back story. For me personally, the most important element of a novella like this is that it enriches your enjoyment This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic. A worthwhile addition to the House of Night series: fun, romantic and ultimately satisfying. Although I was a little nervous about returning to this series after such a long break from it, Dragon has always been my favourite House of Night teacher (of the martial art fencing) so I was interested in finding out more of his back story. For me personally, the most important element of a novella like this is that it enriches your enjoyment of the main storyline it’s tied to, that it adds a new facet or level of understanding about a character’s decision making process. Even though Dragon’s past had been heavily hinted at in the main House of Night books, I do feel like Dragon’s Oath gave me further insight into his character and caused me to feel more invested in the outcome of his story. For that reason, this book is worth reading. It’s definitely rekindled my interest in the House of Night books in general and it was great to have a break from Zoey and her Nerd Herd’s battle against Neferet which has been getting increasingly yawn worthy, not to mention farfetched to the extreme. This novel takes place after the events of book 8 (Awakened) in the House of Night series and you won’t want to read it unless you’ve reached that point because it has a MAJOR spoiler at the beginning otherwise. Dragon’s Oath is a story that goes full circle; it begins with Dragon reflecting on recent events and reminiscing with some major angst about the death of his wife, Anastasia before deciding to give up his oath to temper strength with mercy. The reader is then taken back in time to discover how the couple met and why Dragon swore his oath in the first place before returning to present day. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story; it felt traditional and old-fashioned which was oddly comforting. It had all the typical elements you would expect from a romance, love, revenge, idealistic views of right and wrong, good vs evil. Clichéd to the extreme, but fun, and it managed to get a few dorky smiles out of me as well. Add in the vampire and wiccan elements, plus the saddening knowledge that you know the love story takes a turn for the worse in the future and you’ve got a pretty interesting story! And now for the downer: in more adept hands, this could have been an awesome story rather than okay one. The writing in this book was beyond awful, it’s the one thing that let the novella down. The authors clearly had some great ideas but the writing distracted from them and I found myself being catapulted out of the story numerous times because of it. I kept mentally editing every other page in my head – ditch that word, replace that one, drop the exclamation point etc., and this is coming from someone who doesn’t even have a great amount of grammar or writing knowledge! It stunk of armature which sounds harsh, but it’s the best way I can describe it. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters better in this novella. There’s not a lot of depth because the story is only 145 pages and that includes some random full page illustrations (which I didn’t like the style of to be honest), but there was enough to grab onto and as I mentioned earlier, it was fun to discover more of Anastasia and Dragon’s back stories. I loved how they had misconceptions about each other when they first met, and how Anastasia’s compassion evened out Dragon’s arrogance and hotheaded nature. It was fun to watch them dance around each other and grow. The secondary characters were pretty non-existent. There was a bad guy that had flimsy motivations that I didn’t find believable, and I feel like the writers were lazy with his development. There was also a High Priestess who didn’t really have enough page time to become interesting. For the most part, the story focuses primarily on the two main characters, which I was satisfied with. They were, after all, the ones I really wanted to hear more about! I was pleasantly surprised by Dragon’s Oath and I do think it was a worthwhile novella so I would recommend it to fans of the House of Night books. The writing is ridiculous, but if you’ve made it this far in the series then you already know that. ;) You can check out my full, unabridged review and others like it Blogs of a Bookaholic. :)

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