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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Select by Patricia Reding is the second book in the fantasy series Oathtaker. In this part of the series, the reader joins Mara and her companions many years after the events of the first novel. New readers or previous readers who need a refresher can read a summary of the first book in the back of the second one. I would recommend to read the first book first though - you won't regret it.
In the beginning of the second book, Mara is injured and taken back to safety by Dixon and the other Oathtakers. When Mara wakes up, however, she cannot remember anything about the last two decades (or so). She does not remember who Dixon is, or who her two charges are. Dixon and some of the others decide that it would be best to take Mara on the road, away from her charges and inquiring minds - so that Mara would not be removed as an Oathtaker, and would have a chance to somehow regain her memories. While Dixon manages to follow through with the plan, nobody expected that the two charges - the twin sisters from the prophecy - would get it into their heads that they also finally needed to experience the world if they were to grow into true leaders.
Select by Patricia Reding was just as well written as the first book in the series, and I enjoyed every single page. Once more, the characters immediately grabbed you (or made you want to slap them), and the world pulled you in. It is a great book to escape to after a day of work (or study). The flow of the plot is close to perfect, and the settings and scenes are beautifully described in a language that uses neither too little nor too much of anything.