Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas #1)
Published: July 12, 2011
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
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?
Dragon’s Oath was a nice backstory into how Professor Dragon and Professor Anastasia met and fell in love. It was a nice quick read. It takes place after the book ‘Awakened’ in the House of Night series. Then you see Dragon reflecting and taking you back to his youth and meeting Anastasia.
It was a good novella because not only did it show how they met and give you their backstory it also gave a little insight into how decisions they made back then contributed to the mass destruction of the school and possibly the world, with the release of Kalona.
I love stories like that, that make you go wow that how it all began. It is always nice to have that extra insight. I always like Professor Dragon and I thought he was a rather interesting character, he always showed a lot of depth and mystery to him. So I thought it was fitting that there was a novella written about his story.
However it was a very fast read and I feel like the plot was a bit sloppy, more rushed through than it needed to be. So that was a big down point for me. You need time and details to make the story come alive and I feel like this novella lacked a bit in that area.
Another thing I enjoyed was that this one was a tad more serious, you didn’t have all the small quirks that seem to drive me mad with Zoey and everyone. It was a nice break from that as well. I recommend it to anyone who has read the House of Night series; you really do want to see his backstory because it has a key part that links to the rest of the series.
I give it three stars.