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Blood Road

(Blood Oath #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.

Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who tries to intervene. The girl’s brother
Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Month9Books
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May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a meh read, but not that much of an awful meh after all.
I liked the premise and the story itself, the writing a little less. Too pompous and, at times, really too rushed for my likings.
But still, it entertained me well enough and it definitely deserves 3 full stars (I'd give it even four if I'll ever get my hands on the phone number of the sweet baby jesus how is he even that hot guy on the cover)!
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: I was given this book for free as part of the Library Thing Early Reviewer (LTER) program for an honest review.

This is a great story. The development of the characters and the storyline kept me intrigued right from the beginning. I originally thought the story got off to a slow start, but by the time I finished chapter 1, I didn't want to put the book down and had a few reading sessions where I said to myself "just one more chapter". The main character, Torien, is very likeable and e
Joanne Sim
May 28, 2017 marked it as dnf
Original post can be found on my blog:

I was anticipating this novel to be action packed. After all, the synopsis reminded me of ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ by Sabaa Tahir. I absolutely love that novel by Sabaa. So, I went into this novel hoping the plot might blow me away as much as An Ember in the Ashes did.

However, after 100 pages in, I was still really confused relating the characters to their respective roles in the novel, other than the two characters me
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A debut rich in world building, and full of danger, BLOOD ROAD is a book that brings to life an early empire full of deadly secrets, deception, murder, and greed. At it's heart is a Commander who will risk his life to keep his blood oath he made, and avenge those who have suffered at the hands of his very people. Not knowing just how dangerous this is, and what it will cost him, Torien Risto is a man of his word, and a man on a mission to stop a very corrupt government.

FULL REVIEW http://mundiem
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book! Be sure to check out my full review on my blog :) ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blood Oath is a historical fantasy set in a grim world with many similarities to ancient Rome. It is not a genre I normally read, but then I happened upon this quote:
“I could kill you and make it look like the cat did it.”
I just had to read the book. After a few pages, I knew I would not regret it.
The main character, 19-year-old Imperial Officer Torien Risto, has a strong sense of justice. When he discovers someone is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them off as slaves to the salt mines
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“I know the way you think--because if you didn't outright assume she was telling the truth, at least you're going to make sure she gets to prove she was lying.”


Torien has never questioned his role as an Imperial Officer. He believes strongly in justice and doing what is right. When he is knifed by a girl, he swiftly begins to carry out justice, only to realize that there is more going on than meets the eye. As he unravels corruption beyond his wildest dreams that goes all
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Blood Road tells the story of 19-year-old Torien Risto, a young officer of the Vareni Empire. As the book begins, Torien is about to assume his role in the fort of Tasso, in the desert outside the city of Modigne. A child in Modigne knifes him in the back.

It’s at this point that I began to fall in love with Torien. You might expect that a young officer would instantly kill an attacker from a subject people. Torien doesn’t. He, himself, is descended from the Cesino people, conquered just a coupl
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Jun 06, 2017
This is the story of Commander Torien Berio Risto. The second son of Lord Risto of Cesin. An unfortunate event led him to make a blood oath to a girl named Lida. In order to perform his promise, his journey brought him to the Salt Road or more popularly known as the Blood Road. Named so because of the rampant killings and blood shed on this road. Torien Risto wants to get to the bottom of the corruption in the government involving kidnapping of Imperial citizens. His search will lead him to a ve ...more
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Amanda McCrina was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History and Political Science from the University of West Georgia. She currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

She writes historical fiction for teens and political fantasy for adults.

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