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The Ill-Kept Oath

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Two cousins. A dark family secret. A looming rebellion.

In Regency England, a mysterious inheritance draws Prudence Fairfeather and Lady Josephine Weston out of candlelit ballrooms and into the shadows of insurrection.

A newcomer to London society, Prudence longs for the enchantment of love and instead finds real magic in her late mother's ring. But power brings peril, and s
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
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C.C. Aune The sequel is already written and it is currently in the revision process! In fact, I've got several other books already drafted. In the sequel to Oat…moreThe sequel is already written and it is currently in the revision process! In fact, I've got several other books already drafted. In the sequel to Oath, Prudence and Josephine discover that giving up their Talismans is not quite so simple, and as the Keeper rebellion grows, events will compel them to hone their respective magical skills. Helen and MacNeal will add two new perspectives to the mix, while the action spreads further afield into Europe. Wow, it's tough to hint at what's coming up and not jump into spoiler territory!(less)

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Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Historical fiction mixed with paranormal is a rare combo that seems to work here. Prudence and Josephine are cousins who discover they have special abilities. This is a veritable treat to read with some mile romance and dashing heroes. A beautiful page-turner that will appeal to a wide range of readers. When I read the blurb for this book, I was excited to read it and now I'm looking forward to future releases fr
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was entranced by this book from the very beginning. I have always been fascinated by the Regency era and am a huge Jane Austen fan. I have to say that C.C. Aune definitely nailed this time period very accurately.
Prudence Fairfeather and Lady Josephine Weston are cousins who have "come of age". Prudence receives her late mother's ring and is sent off to London for her season debut to hopefully find a husband while Josephine stays at home in the country.
This seems like a typical Jane Austen sty
Divya Agrawal
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
It was like a magical history ride with the handsome strangers. It delivered every aspect of the story genre it holds.

Even though Prudence was the main lead, I loved Josephine more. She was more like a character I would love to stumble across.

I loved the Inheritance- the oath, which was the reason because of which every odd things were happening. I didn't knew at first when I requested it to review that this will also become a series but I'm happy it will.

Waiting for the next book!
Shai Williams
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book really tickled me. It reads like a historical romance with bits of the paranormal painted around the edges.

The reader really gets to know the cousins through their correspondence they send back and forth. Yes this was back in the days where a person would write long letters to keep in touch. Along with the letters, we are privileged to see what is really happening in their lives. I enjoyed being able to see what they did and did not share.

There is enough going on with these cousins t
Beth B.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A read guaranteed to leave any fan of historical fiction, Jane Austen or just a good book waiting anxiously for this tale to continue.
This novel is true to its promise of mystery, drama, suspence, romance and a believable touch of magic. The tale is artfully written in prose true to the period and reminiscent of the great Jane Austen. I anxiously await the next installment.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Historical fiction at its finest, The Ill-Kept Oath blends an Austen-esque story with magic and mystery in a beautiful story about love and family.
Set in 1819, it follows two girls, cousins and best friends as one moves away from the country to start her Season in London. Even though they are miles apart, the girls remain in close contact through letters and it is these letters which connect their two sto
C.T. Phipps
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
An entertaining but slow build book set in the Victorian era. A lot of fascinating characters with a mystery at the center. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. There wasn't a lot of action and all the characters were reserved but the sense of time as well as propriety made the book feel very authentic. I was recommended this book by Amanda Justice (A Wizards' Forge) and was glad she did so. ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Ill-Kept Oath" is a historical fantasy which alternates between Prudence and Josephine, two young women who are cousins. They live in different places but exchange frequent letters. Both women are at an age where they are mainly thinking about marriage. Prudence is given a box of objects that were her parents' from her aunt and caretaker, and Josephine finds a similar box at her house. The objects are strange and slowly they begin to suspect that there is a magical quality to them. However, ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of this book from W.I. Creative Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review.**

Set in Regency England, the Ill-Kept oath is about cousins Prudence Fairfeather and Lady Josephine Weston. The two young ladies are coming of age, and will discover true magic, adventure and family secrets that will change their lives forever. This isn't a run of the mill historical romance. Not even close. Take a London Season for Prudence and the excitement of uniformed soldiers
A.M. Justice
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I know the author, and I read this book in manuscript, but every word of this review is my honest opinion.

C. C. Aune ’s work beautifully captures Jane Austen’s England in a gossamer net of magic and intrigue.

“Prudence cast furtive glances round the salon, taking in the splendor of more gentlemen than she’d seen in her life. The place abounded with broad shoulders, tobacco-scented jackets, and booming male laughter.”

So one of the heroines of The Ill-Kept Oath enters a drawing room filled with pr
The Damsel in the Library
*Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.*

I came pretty close to giving up on this book. Five chapters in and it wasn't grabbing me. Then chapter six happened and I was hooked.
It has the familiar feel of every Regency era book I've read, but I liked it anyway. Great romances with plenty of drama and fist-shaking moments. The mysteries of the Talismans may have been dampened in light of the romance, but it will un
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading "The Ill-Kept Oath" prior to its release. It was a great read. The beginning of the story follows the pattern of a historical fiction. There is a young heiress and her cousins who were orphaned and raised as her siblings. Prudence needs to find a husband with a fortune, but she is torn because she doesn't want to marry someone she can't love. Josephine is a bit of a rascal that is known for her dramatics. Edward is struggling with his place and leaves school to pur ...more
Katie Montgomery
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Delightful as fuck. In fact, I think this warrants the return of everyone's favorite checklist ...

Things Katie Enjoys In A Novel, As Correlated With "Ill-Kept Oath":

_X_ Period-appropriate prose

___ Talking cats

_X_ Strong, sassy heroines who have no trouble kicking it with the boys

_X_ Believable, likable characters

___ Pandas

_X__ Swashbuckling

___ Magical colleges and/or general graduate-level spell nerdery

___ Dragons

_X_ People wearing awesome hats

_X__ Perfectly executed genre mashups

___ Fairytale f
Susan Bartush
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read- didn't want to put it down and anxious to read #2. I wasn't sure historical fantasy was my genre, but love history and Ms. Aune did a masterful job of intertwining fantasy in a Victorian romance. Twists and turns I didn't anticipate. I'm viewing my family heirlooms with a new respect and wonder! ...more
Mary Knuckles
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the smoothest book I've ever read. It has everything that Downtown Abbey doesn't have and more. I love Jo and Prudence's writing notes to each other. The Ill-Kept Oath is a must read! McNeil and Quimby add to the mystery of Jo and Prudence's life. Definitely can't wait to read the next book coming out. This book is going to be like binging on a TV show in the near future. ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Ill-Kept Oath" is a compelling and complex story with a strong lead character. It mixes the manners of times gone by with magic in the best possible way. Although this book stands well on its own, I am looking forward to the sequel and reading how C.C. Aune continues this intriguing tale. ...more
Laura Zats
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this! Been on an Austen kick lately and didn't think you could improve those types of stories. I was wrong! Turns out you just need to add magic!

Alex Thorne
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Set in the early 1800s, The Ill-Kept Oath is a cross between historical fantasy and paranormal romance, though it leans heavily in the latter of the two genres for the majority of the novel. Prudence Fairfeather and her brother Edward are orphans taken in by Lord Middlemere. Raised as nobility, Prudence has nothing to her name and must wed well for her future. Her cousin, Josephine Weston, is Lord Middlemere’s only child and, a couple years younger than Prudence, also fin
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of the things I loved about this novel was the language and style of the writing. As I had mentioned earlier, anything from Regency England is going to get my approval, and the author did a fantastic job of bringing that world to life. I enjoyed the details of life during those times and the struggles of both Prudence and J
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I should say up front that I've known the author for more years than either of us can remember, and I read the first incarnation of this story way back when. I'm so thrilled for my friend that she put in all the hard work to finish, revise, revise, revise, and then do all the other hard work to get it out in book form. Brava! I always loved the premise of this and the historical period, and love all the period detail the author has put into it--and all the research that went into getting it righ ...more
I loved this book!!! I read a review of it, and it said it reminded the reviewer of Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, which I also loved. In this book, two cousins write letters between London and an estate, and both seem to be developing magical abilities, but do not receive any training. They are quite confused; additionally each has met a man who makes them happy.

Highly recommended!
I don't understand why this book was such a slog. The writing was … fine. I had no objections. I didn't want to wrap myself up in it and stay there forever, but there was nothing I can put my finger on that drove me off, either (except the ARC formatting, but that's not the book's fault) (and some unfortunate typos – the classic "discrete" for "discreet", and … well, you can't really lisp a sentence that contains no sibilants). The characters were … well, fine. I liked the two girls at the cente ...more
Emily Wrayburn
Oct 27, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc
DNF at 25%.

I feel a little bit bad about DNFing this one. In another time, I might have pushed through a bit more but I have a lot of demands on my time at the moment, including other ARCs, and this book didn't seem to be giving me what it promised, so I gave up.

I read an entire quarter of the book, by which time I expect something to happen. Apart from a few references to trolls and some mysterious comments about Prudence's mother's ring, this was barely fantasy at all, and instead was just t
The Critiquing Chemist
After recently finishing and thoroughly enjoying reading Emma for the first time, The Ill-Kept Oath was recommended to me as a book that would fit well within my reading tastes and the endorsement did not disappoint! Aune skillfully knitted together the Regency and fantasy genres, creating an enchanting hybrid that contains the intrigues of London society and the mystery of emerging, strange unexplained powers. The tale follows two cousins, the oldest, Prudence is making her entrance into the co ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I really wanted to like this as it has many of my favourite ingredients, but I just couldn't. It was clunky. The character's behaviours and motivations just didn't seem plausible to me. Plus, they seemed to flip-flop in order to further the plot, rather than from any reasons that I could understand. The girls' behaviour was also far too emotional and outspoken for the period, never mind their age.

Also for a Regency setting, the author made a lot of errors. Some things that bugged me were:

1. As t
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: The Ill-Kept Oath by CC Aune
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishers (Sept 2016) 416pp
Genre: mystery, paranormal, YA, historical fantasy, Victorian, fiction,
3.5 stars
From Amazon's author page: " Aune’s ramblings have led her through 49 states—nine of which she has called home—plus a fair number of countries. She has been a journalist and a contributor for the companion book to PBS’s 2000 series In Search of Our Ancestors. Currently, she directs the blog One Year of Letters, which e
Lindsey Roberts
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Original Review Here

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Ill-Kept Oath honestly disappointed me. The synopsis on netgalley implied there would be real magic rather than the enchantment of love and the girls were moving away from dreaming of husbands and entering a dangerous world where mystery and secrecy clouded everything.

Instead, there were a few mishaps, the girls fell in love and the majority of the book was spent swooning over their respective gentlemen
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I almost didn’t finish this one even though it has many of the elements I like in a novel. It’s a Regency romance with magic. Nuff said? Just my sort of thing, usually, but it took me a little while to get into it.

Prudence Fairfeather and Lady Josephine Weston have been raised together as cousins, but have not been told of their magical inheritance. Lord Middlemere (Josephine’s somewhat lacklustre father) has taken an oath to keep them from magic.

Prudence goes to London for her debut season, but
Trevor Sherman
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The best way to describe this novel would be English Regency Magic and Mystery Romance? And I think it turned out rather well. The Regency dialog seemed forced at the beginning and should have been edited more in the first few chapters. Or it may have been that way all through the book but I just stopped noticing after the story had me.

This is not my favorite type of book. but the more Regency I read the more I l
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
For the first 75% of this book I felt like I was reading notes between two middle school girls.
"Does he like me?"
"He's so cute but I can't like him."
"Now that he likes me I don't know if I like him."
JUST MAKE A DECISIONS ALREADY. I know there was partly a reason in the middle of the book for this, but it was really mind-numbing. If the last 25% of the book were the whole she-bang I would give it 5 stars but the rest made me feel like I was losing brain cells.

I received a copy of this book fr
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