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An Oath of the Blood (Island Shifters #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  550 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
When you lose everything in your world, how do you carry on? When your family, your home and the very land you stand on are destroyed, what do you do? If you are a shifter of Massa, you turn around and fight. You fight, because the blood oath will have it no other way.

In An Oath of the Blood, readers are introduced to four young, but powerful elemental shifters, living in
Paperback, 402 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Valerie Zambito
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Jedidiah Behe
Apr 03, 2012 Jedidiah Behe rated it it was amazing
What a great freaking book! I have to say it has been a very long time since I read a book and got goose bumps!

I really enjoyed this. What a great story with such interesting and fresh characters. I knew after the first few pages that I was going to love it. The dynamics between the characters was just perfect. I have not enjoyed a book this much since I read my first books by R.A. Salvatore.

This story has everything! It made me laugh, pissed me off, frustrated me, gave me hope then shattered
brandy oliver
Jul 11, 2012 brandy oliver rated it it was amazing
I only remember reading books similar to this genre, when I was much younger, and though they were not as detailed and deep as this book, they were still, "pretty cool" and I especially loved the books that gave the reader the option at the end of the page, "If you want to do this, turn to page....." or "If you want to do this, turn to page...". Remember those? They were so cool, and fun because you could turn the book into whatever you wanted! Well, this book is nothing like that, lol, I was ju ...more
Valeen Nielson
Feb 10, 2012 Valeen Nielson rated it really liked it
This is a fantasy book which is not my usual genre. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. My interest was captured right from the beginning and it was hard to put down. I think the author, Valerie Zambito, did a wonderful job of creating characters that were very real, very well-developed, and very likable. I found myself cheering them on the whole way!

I also enjoyed that it was fast-paced. There were no slow parts in the book. I felt the author did an amazing job of creating a new world,
Linda Stone
Apr 29, 2013 Linda Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories kept me on the edge of my chair as I devoured all of the books in this series. Valerie makes the characters real and to follow them on their life path was amazing. You cared enough about the characters to hurt for them. Awesome read!!
Mar 18, 2013 Janetq added it
Loved this book, I downloaded it as it was free on kindle and was so impressed I bought the second book straight away.
It kind of has the feeling of a lord of the rings type of fantasy about it.
Looking forward to reading book three in this series.
Richard A. Wolfenden
An all nighter!

I truly recommend that you allow yourself time to read the book in an all night frenzy of fantasy-ict enjoyment!
Dylan Jackson
Nov 06, 2011 Dylan Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this story! It was a real page turner, action packed with great characters and plot. Looking forward to Book 2 from this author.
Compelling story, stained by basic faults in the craft of writing

The story-telling is superb, compelling a reader to keep reading and reading. Unfortunately, basic errors of writing limited full enjoyment.

Weak control of tenses, inappropriate placement (or omission) of commas, comma v. semicolon v. colon confusions, sentence fragments, and consistent word choice errors (e.g., lie-lay, discreet-discrete, vise-vice, than-then) that denote misspellings rather than typos, and dangling participial p
Amanda Robinson
Apr 19, 2014 Amanda Robinson rated it it was amazing
So impressed!!! It's been a while since I've read a book with just the right amount of detail and extremely well done character development! All characters even those we love to hate we exquisite! The development of characters through the book was amazing! I must admit after reading the short synopsis of the book and even though the first chapter or so I was thinking this book is not for me, maybe years ago.... BUT THEN I hit the area of the enemy and first battle and my interest were peeked and ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Mar 15, 2012 Sadie Forsythe rated it really liked it
I initially had this marked as YA, probably based on the cover and the description of the heroes and heroine as ‘young.’ As a result I drug my feet about reading it. I just didn’t know if I could take another angsty teenage drama. I’m beginning to think I might have to admit that I’ve finally outgrown them.

To my delight it isn’t YA at all. In fact, it includes some fairly explicit sexual innuendo. Luckily the story doesn’t fall victim to the painfully common sexy, simpering slave-girl trope. Wha
Mar 20, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
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Island Shifters by Valerie Zambito is a strong start to a fantasy series. Magic is an inborn talent, but it is one that is shunned and leads to banishment. These shifters are charged with being the first line of defense of their home countries, even if almost no one remembers the reason for it.

The introduction to the magical system is pretty interesting. There seem to be four major kind of shifters each with a specialized form of magic. There are fire, earth, mind, and body. There are more thing
Kyle West
Feb 10, 2013 Kyle West rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Island Shifters should appeal to fantasy fans who enjoy the tried and true good vs. evil story. The book is well-written and has a fascinating world.

The world Zambito created is rich and imaginative. Just when I thought I had things figured out, a new layer to the Island of Massa would be revealed. It was cool when she even worked some of these elements in at the end of the book (I won’t say what they are so this review can remain spoiler free). I really enjoyed the map at the beginning, which a
Kayla Eklund
Nov 24, 2011 Kayla Eklund rated it really liked it
Island Shifters: An Oath of the Blood was the first shifter book I had read. From the synopsis and the main character's ages, it seemed like it was going to be a young adult book, but it wasn't. Since I'm not used to reading adult books, it started off a little slow, and it took me a while to read. I'm glad I stuck it out and finished it because it was definitely worth it. Once I got into the story, it sucked me into the pages and I didn't want to leave. The plot, although a little confusing at ...more
Edward Hall
Oct 16, 2013 Edward Hall rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I have read a book that reached out and grabbed me refusing to let go. "An Oath of Blood" book 1 of the "Island Shifters" by Valerie Zambito is such a book. I found myself sitting in bed going to read "just one more page" hours later my eye lids have I would finally force myself to put it down and get to sleep. Valerie writes an intriguing tale that brings the characters to life. Filled with unexpected twist and turns be prepared for the unexpected. Although part of ...more
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Oct 24, 2012 Jesse Kimmel-Freeman rated it it was amazing
I am not a HUGE fantasy reader, but there was something about the cover that drew me to ask the author to review her book. I am so glad that I did.

This book is wonderful! The characters are developed and you want all the crappy things that seem to be happening at once to just go away so they can have their happily ever after. But then I suppose if that happened, we wouldn't get to see them develop further!

The story is crafted in a wonderful fashion. You get to see different perspectives- somethi
I didn't love this book and gave up on it a few chapters in. It felt like a fantasy book that a young teen boy would love-something about the assumptions that were made in the character building screamed "boy book" to me. I guess the character-building wasn't rich enough - I didn't care enough about the outcomes for the lead characters. The story was fine, and the magic interesting, but I particularly dislike books where the point of view changes from chapter to chapter, and this one does that. ...more
A.N. Busch
Jun 19, 2012 A.N. Busch rated it it was amazing
It has been a very long time since I have read a fantasy book such as this. And it was AWESOME!! The relationship between the charters was wonderful. Sometimes I know where a book is going and I have to say that this did not happen to me once, every time I thought I knew what was going to happen it didn’t and I was shocked. Island Shifters had a little bit of everything from action to romance and everything in between all rolled into a wonderful plot line. When I got to the end all I could think ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Tamara! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the adventure of it, the bad guys were bad, the good guys were good, the in-between ones were intriguing. My only problem with the story is the dialog between some of them, not that it wasn't interesting etc, just at times seemed more middle school intellect and some things kinda dragged on. BUT, the scenery described was stunning, and the types of creatures all intertwining, both sentient as well as just critters, all very well done. The battles were intense, and there was plenty of a ...more
Christy Reed
Jun 02, 2014 Christy Reed rated it liked it
When I first started reading this book, I thought I was really going to like it. But by the time I finished it, I was a little disappointed. There were parts to the plot which didn't really make sense, and I wish the author had spent a little more time making sure everything flowed and stayed true to the storyline and characterization (parts of the story rang false to me, as if that's not what would've happened/how the characters would've acted). It was okay as far as fantasy stories go, I've de ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
The story was good, but the ending seemed rushed and a bit abrupt. After the adventure across Massa, and wondering how the 4 friends would survive, the conclusion seemed to lack the excitement and challenge that the rest of the story had. Was disappointing. I did enjoy the characters, and the idea of the different kinds of shifters. Aquataine, the Gems, and the spirit shifters were all unexpected, and welcome additions to the story. Made things interesting. Not sure where this story goes next, b ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Tiffiane rated it it was amazing
This book is probably in my top ten all-time favorite reads. I love a good book about magic, but this book is way more than that! Magic, prophesy, friendship, love, betrayal, peril, war, paranormal, evil, angels, demons, elves, dwarves, history and even a little humor thrown in. I was screaming through some parts, laughing at others, and crying towards the end. This book WILL make you run the gamut of emotions. I am immediately continuing in the series because I can't wait to see what's next!! I ...more
May 14, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much. To me the story had a kind of Lord Of The Ring feel to it. There's magic, humans, elves and dwarves, mages and sorceresses. Also Beck has to go on a quest in order to defeit the evil mages.
Even so, I think that the story was distinctive enough to be interesting and fun to read. I would say all LOTR fans should try this book. I'm definitely interested in the next book in this series.
Dec 26, 2013 Victoria rated it liked it
Wasn't too bad, except the dwarf/elf characters are getting a bit overdone. This book is for young adults, so I think they would enjoy it a bit more than I did. The shifters were a new spin on things which made it a bit more interesting. Could guess the ending in the good vs. evil (good always wins) but, how they did it was a pleasant surprise. Overall, it wasn't a bad book by any means. If you like this genre, you will enjoy Island Shifters.
Jun 18, 2012 SaraLee rated it really liked it
I loved the whole plot of the book. This was a fun, thrilling and exciting read. I like reading fantasy stories like this one. I did find it hard to put the book down because I wanted to keep reading to either find out how something ended or to see what was coming up next. I can't wait to read book #2.
Kaj Samuelsson
Aug 05, 2014 Kaj Samuelsson rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting book, an interesting experience. It is the type of story where you are not just a reader. At least for me, it felt like I was part of the story and tried to sort of direct the characters (but they didn't do as I wanted, they had their own will) and it felt almost like struggling with a big dog that wanted to go in every direction and you just had to follow, having fun.
Jun 21, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it
This was a surprise. There are so many fantasy books out there, it's difficult to know if a new author will produce something different. Valerie Zamito did a great job with this book. Characters and plot line are well developed. Even though this is part of a series, the novel didn't leave me hanging. But, I enjoyed it enough that I plan to check out the rest!
Sep 16, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
Amazing. I love how the author built up each of the characters. It was easy to fall in love with them and even though this is a series, it leaves off at a spot where it is okay to read just the first, but leaves enough mystery that you want to continue on their journey. This is a book that I would read again, and certainly one that stands out against other books of this genre.
Jenae (Jeni)
Nov 09, 2013 Jenae (Jeni) rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I found a fantasy story I enjoyed this much. There was a lot of action and keep-you-guessing situations. I was hooked as soon as I started it, and can't wait to finish the series.
Nov 14, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
Pretty freaking good! I loved the characters, this left me at times laughing, crying,Happy and then seriously frustrated but in the end it worked out exactly as I hoped it would! Plus had some pretty good romance that I loved and some really cool creatures!!
Lita White
Jun 28, 2014 Lita White rated it liked it
While I did like this book, I wasn't 100% into it. I thought it needed to be longer. It was like we didn't have enough time to bond with the characters. I thought things just happened too fast. I wasn't given the opportunity to really love or hate characters.
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Thank you for visiting my Goodread's profile. I am Valerie Zambito, and I live in New York. After having been involved in a busy sales career for fifteen years, a great love of world building, character creation, and all things magic led to the publication of my first adult epic fantasy series, ISLAND SHIFTERS, in October of 2011 and a young adult paranormal series, ANGELS OF THE KNIGHTS, shortly ...more
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“As you should know by now, Beck Atlan, it’s not all about brawn. It’s about anticipating your opponent’s next move, and I read yours easily in your eyes. It seems you fell for my little feint,” she said, holding her left side in exaggeration.” 0 likes
“Wearing black leather trousers, short jacket, fitted corset and leather arm pads, Beck decided she looked exactly like the warrior princess she was meant to be. He always thought her an extraordinary blend of brute strength and subtle femininity and that belief was more in evidence today than ever. Her mastery in sword fighting, near blademaster rank, and her innate ability to anticipate the moves of much larger adversaries, made her a lethal fighter. She was also one of his best friends.” 0 likes
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