The Oathtaker Series - Volume 2

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
418 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2015
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Author Biography

Multi-award winning author Patricia Reding leads a double life. By day, she practices law. By night, she reads, reviews a wide variety of works, and writes fantasy. She lives on an island on the Mississippi with her husband and youngest daughter (her son and oldest daughter having already flown the nest), and Flynn Rider (an English Cream Golden Retriever). From there she seeks to create a world in which she can be in two places at once. She started writing The Oathtaker Series as a challenge, and re-discovered along the way, the joy of storytelling.

Oathtaker: The Oathtaker Series, Volume One, won a GOLD medal in the Literary Classics International Book Award Contest, also won an Honorary award in the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest, and was designated a Finalist in the Beverly Hills International Book Award Contest. In addition, WindDancer Films chose Oathtaker for further review.

Select: The Oathtaker Series, Book Two, won a SILVER medal in the Literary Classics International Book Award Contest, and was awarded a Finalist Award in the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest.

Both Oathtaker and Select have earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite 5-star seal.

Ephemeral and Fleeting: The Oathtaker Series, Volume Two, has earned the Readers' Favorite 5-star seal.

    Book Review

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.

Melinda Hills

Twenty years have passed since Mara took on the responsibility of Oathtaker to the twins, Reigna and Eden, who are expected to usher in a new age for Oosa. Select, Volume 2 of The Oathtaker Series, by Patricia Reding, follows Mara, Dixon, the twins, and all the others who have sworn to protect them as they combat the evil that grows in Chiran, a neighboring empire. Unfortunately, Mara suffers a severe injury that leaves her with no memory of her position as guardian to the twins or even of her marriage to Dixon. While Dixon removes her from the compound to keep her memory loss a secret, the twins exert their independence, fighting Lucy every step of the way. Lucy founded the compound for the sole purpose of keeping safe, the girls and other members of the Select, along with their Oathtakers. Now she must carefully weigh the options for the twins' safety as well as their development into the leaders who are spoken of in ancient prophecy. With Emperor Zarek of Chiran making bolder incursions into Oosa, will the twins come into their powers in time to save their homeland and will Mara’s memory return so that she can fulfill her oath?

Select includes an excellent summary of Volume One, Oathtaker, which provides all the information you need to refresh your memory, or even to get you into the story of Mara, Dixon and the twins in Select, Volume 2 of The Oathtaker Series, by Patricia Reding. With a need for urgency, the plot develops quickly as all the elements of the world of Oosa are set in motion to protect against the spread of evil. The characters are well developed and quite realistic with plenty of emotional ups and downs, doubts and dilemmas. A fine balance is depicted between the need for self sufficiency and the benefits of team work, and the concept of power, good and bad, is an important issue. This is an excellent story that is part of an epic fantasy well worth reading. Another winner! I love it and can't wait for more!

Kayti Nika Raet

In Select, the second book in The Oathtaker series by Patricia Reding, Mara, an Oathtaker to the ranking twin members of the Select, suffers a head injury, leaving her with no memory of her charges. As Dixon tries to help her regain her memories, her charges, Reigna and Eden, twin daughters of an ancient prophecy, decide to go on a coming of age journey seeking to determine their callings. But evil forces set out to destroy the twins and the prophecy as they journey across The Tearless where they will face three challenges. Meanwhile, their allies disperse in response to the growing threat from an oppressive empire intent on destroying their homeland.

Reding has done it again. Though Select, the second book in The Oathtaker trilogy, is set 20 years after the first, it loses none of the intrigue. Even though Lilith is gone, the threat to the twins' lives still remains, and Regina and Eden realize that they need to become independent leaders if they ever wish to have a chance of fulfilling their destinies. In a book filled with descriptive, colorful writing and helmed by good moral characters, Reding shines in her world-building and her interesting and dynamic characters. While I enjoyed Select almost as much as Oathtaker, there were times when I felt the action and intrigue got slowed down a little by backstory and, while I still loved Mara, I had trouble connecting with her charges, Reigna and Eden, especially in the beginning of the story. Despite it all, Select by Patricia Reding is a great sequel and I'm looking forward to more by this author.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Select is the second book in Patricia Reding’s Oathtaker fantasy series. After Lilith's rampage, the Oathtakers of the twins, under Lucy's leadership, have taken refuge in a compound. Mara and Dixon have taken the girls under their protection and have given them a home. Right before their eyes, almost imperceptibly, the girls have blossomed into young women. Reigna and Eden have become weary of the watchful eyes upon them. When Carlie disappears, the camp increases its patrols and tightens security. While searching for Carlie, Dixon and Mara fall prey to an attack. During the skirmish, Mara falls and suffers a blow to the head. When she awakens, her memory is gone. Heartbroken that his wife doesn’t recognize him, Dixon begins the trek to take Mara back to her childhood home, hoping that she will recover her memories along the way. After their departure, a meeting is called to discuss recent events. Will the Oathtakers be able to protect the Select from the invasion of the evil Chiranians? Marshall and Jerrett leave to spy out Chiran. Basha and Therese depart for the palace. Meanwhile, the twins, Reigna and Eden, plan to sprout their wings and fly. All depart and go their separate ways. The fate of the twins will determine if they will be together again.

Patricia Reding’s Select is a quest to find what you are made of. It is not just a journey of one, but the pursuit of many. In its pages, the characters grow and develop. While being compelled by the common goal of protecting the Select, each one is challenged by a personal mission. Reding’s character development is brilliant. Mara’s amnesia, although frustrating, was a stroke of genius. It allowed for the depth of her character to be revealed. Furthermore, it was the catalyst for the other characters to expand and mature. The setting of the story expands as well. As a reader, you travel into unforeseen places of the imagination as Reding plunges you into the realm of her fantasy world. The magic of fantasy shines forth from the power of crystals, mysterious unique giftings, enchanted weaponry, and the diabolical nature of evil, thus creating a sly and subtle fantastical tale of good versus evil.

The discovery of ancient prophecy and the revealing of the “flits” were important tidbits of things yet to come in the series. The action is constant. Each pairing of characters travels, faces danger, and battles for their lives and personal self worth. Select hits the target for the young adult fantasy genre. In the conclusion, Patricia Reding ties up loose ends, yet by doing so unravels even more. The story ends with a cliffhanger, leaving you in awe of what will happen next to the Oathtakers and the Select.

K.C. Finn

Select is a teen fantasy novel by author Patricia Reding and the second book in The Oathtaker Series. As book one’s Oathtaker, Mara, is sworn to protect her twin charges of Reigna and Eden, she is struck down with memory loss. Suddenly without guidance, the twins seek out an adventure of their own and some kind of reality to match the stories they have heard about their past and their proposed future. Journeying across The Tearless will not be easy, and a terrifying fate awaits if they do not have courage. As Mara slowly begins to remember fragments of her duty and her beloved, the twins face three sublime challenges which will push them to their limits.

Not having read book one, I found the summary superbly useful at the back of this volume. I was able to jump right in with the adventure and immerse myself in the phenomenally detailed world that Patricia Reding has created. I found all of the characters deep and well-developed, though Reigna was my particular favourite throughout the adventures. The twins are presented in a very astute way with differences and similarities cleverly balanced. The adventure itself is an epic roller coaster which spans across hundreds of pages, and by its end I did not want to leave the world I was in. Fans of epic fantasy are sure to delve into Select and fall in love with Reding’s engaging and descriptive prose. Overall, I’d highly recommend this novel to serious readers of the fantasy genre.

Tracy A. Fischer

In a great new read for young adults, Select: The Oathtaker Series - Volume 2 by author Patricia Reding, readers will continue the story of Mara, the Oathtaker, and her charges, Reigna and Eden. After Mara is seriously injured, Reigna and Eden feel the need to test themselves in the hopes of finding their true callings. Mara cannot remember who she is, and Dixon needs to take her home in the hopes that she will heal and remember their great love. The twins must fight the evil that surrounds them on their own, as well as face the three challenges that might just prove what they've always been told. Are the twins all that they are supposed to be? Will Mara heal and come back to those who love her? You need to read Select to find out!

I so, so enjoyed Select: The Oathtaker Series - Volume 2. Author Patricia Reding has done an absolutely breathtaking job in creating a world that is both fantastic and somehow realistic, not an easy feat at all. Patricia Reding's character development skills are simply second to none. Her readers will be able to connect with, relate to, and care about these characters, and will think about them long after the last page has been read. I am so glad that this book is one of a series because I can't wait to read more from this world and about these characters. Any reader who loves a great work of fantasy, young adult or not, would enjoy this book. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from the excellent author, Patricia Reding, as soon as possible!