Blood Oath by Raye Wagner – A Book Review

Posted October 11, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in Dark, Fantasy, Reviews / 1 Comment

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Blood Oath

(The Darkest Drae – Book 1)

by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantasy Romance, Series Complete
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

This entire series is fantastic – gripping from the very first lines to the final paragraphs of emotion. Fast moving and dark, its an older release you’ll want to pick up if you haven’t yet. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Dark Fantasy. Dragons. Intrigue. Romance.

More than anything, I crave adventure. But in the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the well-established rings of our kingdom.

At the very heart reigns our vicious king and Lord Irrik, an invincible dragon shifter, at his side. Their power poisons the land and the people, leading to a steadily mounting number of enemies.

But change is coming.

When the rebellion surges, the king strikes back. Captured by Lord Irrik, I’m suddenly embroiled in a deadly game. One where I’m desperate to understand the rules.

Because I’m not only fighting for my life… but also a love that could be the very key to my freedom.

Thoughts on Blood Oath

I saw this series recommended on a FB thread and decided to give it a whirl…. one voracious evening/night of reading later and I am still shook.

This is dark fantasy in its most distilled form, crafting a new universe with unique rules and characters you can’t help but love. Damaged, broken, strong and beautiful – though bound by laws and oaths that run soul deep. It twisted, it’s touching and quite frankly, lovely.


  • Captivating.
  • Twists and rolls.
  • Brutal.
  • The twist, yeah, you can see it coming, but you kinda hoped not.
  • Painful.


  • Yeah… that twist. It’s a pro AND a con.
  • Ryn can be annoying, at times – but this is easily forgiven when you consider her age and the way she grew up, protected and loved at all times. Her attitude meshes with the story, though there were moments I wanted to shake her.


First Person, Single POV

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Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range



5 out of 5 Stars

Dark, twisted yet emotionally lush, this is the kind of fantasy that will keep you reading late into the night. The series is complete, and free on KU!

Published November 9th, 2017
324 Pages

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Your Turn

Have you read this series yet? How about anything else by either of these authors, Raye Wagner or Kelly St. Clare? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!


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