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  • Published: 1 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857531827
  • Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

The Oathbreaker's Shadow




An action-adventure fantasy by an exciting debut voice in the genre.

Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology

  • Pub date: 1 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857531827
  • Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Amy McCulloch

Amy McCulloch is a Canadian living in London, who fits writing around work as an Editorial Director at one of the UK’s leading children’s publishers. She was bitten by the travel bug at an early age while accompanying her parents on buying trips around the world for their oriental carpet business. It was her love of travel that inspired her to set a novel in a hot, desert location (moving to freezing Ottawa, Canada, where her first winter hit -40 degrees C, might have had something to do with that, too).
She studied Medieval and Old English literature at the University of Toronto.The sequel to The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, The Shadow’s Curse, is available now.

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Praise for The Oathbreaker's Shadow

“The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is a very promising debut in what bodes to be an electrifying duology.”

Robin Hobb

“Absolutely gripping”

Conn Iggulden

“The Oathbreaker's Shadow is a rare, rare thing; something new in fantasy. At last we've got a story without all the tropes of elves, ogres and knights but a high adventure inspired by Mongolia. McCulloch's story is rich with life, real, vivid and utterly compelling.”

Sarwat Chadda

“Exotic lands, cool magic and high adventure - The Oathbreaker's Shadow has it all . . . the most compelling fantasy I've read in years”

Jonathan Stroud


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