The Oathing Stone is an entertaining paranormal fantasy whose characters hook you. Even though I haven’t read the first book, I really enjoyed the second. There’s no hard learning curve and even though they have backstories from before, you can figure it out pretty easily.
After a year blissfully hidden together in a small village on Ireland’s lush green, Catherine and Bowen are ready to tie the knot. The joining of an ancient druid doctor and a woman blessed with druid magic from the sacred oak tree calls for nothing less than a traditional Celtic ceremony. For this, to connect them to their ancestors and the sacred place where they marry, a key item must be chosen for the ritual, the oathing stone.
Their need for discretion allows for only a gathering of Catherine’s closest friends and family. But after the couple’s first night together, strange and sudden events unfold. Blood mingles with fire, and Catherine’s magic becomes unstable.
Meanwhile, the mysterious Faerie Kings send a Fae spy to witness Catherine’s magic which disrupts not only her life but her best friend Bella’s when she becomes his sudden obsession. Just after Bella goes missing, it is up to Catherine to get her back, but it is only the beginning of their problems as she finds they’re embroiled in the middle of a Faerie civil war.
So through no fault, but my own, I ended up reading the second book before the first, but I don’t think that spoils any of the story. In fact, it helps me a bit with my reading, because I’m not so worried. The Oathing Stone is fast paced. It quickly picks up and before you really know the characters (or for me) they’re in the middle of battle – not literally. The action starts soon and it really only stops when the book is done.
If you’re searching for a contemporary fantasy story, this could be for you! What I really liked about this book is that we have a wide range of characters. There’s seasoned druids, siblings, and characters in disguise. It means you can not only identify with at least one of the characters, but you get a range of experiences.
Ultimately, if you want to binge a high paced series, I think The Rituals Trilogy could be for you. Check out The Oathing Stone on Goodreads.