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An Oath of the Blood (Island Shifters #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Valerie Zambito
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Jedidiah Behe
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...more
brandy oliver
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
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,...more
Amanda Robinson
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
Breanne
Feb 28, 2012 Breanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This book was great! The characters were so well written that I loved them all, including the ones with only a few lines of dialogue. I wish more detail had gone into the brief final battle but at least it happened. The villain's actions at the end of the battle were a little... nonsensical to me too. Besides that the rest of the story and writing was fabulous.
Janetq
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.
Linda Stone
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!!
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
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.
Christy Reed
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
Kayla Eklund
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
Sadie Forsythe
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...more
Edward Hall
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
Kyle West
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...more
Angevon
I wish I remembered how this ended up on my to-read list--it was probably just from random browsing here on goodreads. I've only just started getting into independent ebooks, and when I got a Nook for Christmas, and saw that this was free on B&N, well! Decision made!

From the writing, it feels like this is a young adult book. One reviewer said they were reading this to their kids and recommended it for all ages, and I'm puzzled by that because it's most definitely NOT a book for kids. There a...more
Scott
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...more
Lindsey
Hmmmm this book really has me rocking back in forth between like and didn't really like.

To start, we are introduced to a group of lifelong friends who are about to undertake the most exciting adventure yet...becoming Troop 158.We know something bad is going to happen because in the beginning the author gives us the time old quote "They would find very little to laugh about for a long time." But before something can appen we are introduced to the enemy. The enemy being an evil Mage and his army...more
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
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...more
Kim
Aug 06, 2014 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Jessica
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.
Kaj Samuelsson
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.
Tamara!
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
Stanley Frugia
An amazing story that will have you on the edge of your seat!

An amazing story that will have you on the edge of your seat! One of the most amazing books I've read in a long time!!!
Brooke Reninger
Gripping Story

The story and characters were excellent and gripping. There were a few minor hiccups here and there, but overall it was a great fantasy story.
Anne
I honestly did not finish this book. It definitely had that child like feel to it. Also, story wasn't really at all unique. I read up to Chapter six, I believe.
A.N. Busch
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
Lita White
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.
Kellie Dipiro
I can't wait to read the whole series. This book has great characters. I really enjoyed reading this!
Tiffiane
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
Natalie Hopkins
Couldn't stop reading this
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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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