Fans of Philip Pullman, Jonathan Stroud, and George R.R. Martin
are going to love this action-filled fantasy novel by an exciting
and extremely promotable debut voice in the genre.
In the world of fifteen-year-old Raim, you tie a knot for every
promise you make. Break that promise and the knot will burst into
flames, scarring your skin and forever marking you as an
oathbreaker. Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as
long as he can remember. No one seems to know where it came from or
which promise it symbolizes, and Raim barely thinks about it at
all--especially not since he became the most promising young
fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the day that
he binds his life to that of his best friend (and the future king),
Khareh, the rope ignites and sears a dark mark into his skin.
Scarred now as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options: run or be
killed. He chooses to run, taking refuge in the vast desert among a
colony of exiled oathbreakers. Will he be able to learn the skills
he needs to clear his name? And even if he can, how can he keep a
promise he never knew he made in the first place?