A Prince Among Killers (Oathbreaker Series #2)

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The second half of the Oathbreaker story opens at the assassins’ stronghold, Triune, as Aron and his sworn comrades try to find peace in a world on the brink of war. Dari and Stormbreaker grow closer as they search for Dari’s missing twin; Nic and his captors find it harder to conceal their secrets; and Aron must decide whether the bond he keeps to his family will prove stronger than the oaths he has sworn to his closest friends.

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Overview

The second half of the Oathbreaker story opens at the assassins’ stronghold, Triune, as Aron and his sworn comrades try to find peace in a world on the brink of war. Dari and Stormbreaker grow closer as they search for Dari’s missing twin; Nic and his captors find it harder to conceal their secrets; and Aron must decide whether the bond he keeps to his family will prove stronger than the oaths he has sworn to his closest friends.

Vaught and Redmond have created a heart-wrenching tale exploring the many kinds of love and war in an amazing world of two moons, shapeshifters, and humans with powers beyond reckoning.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
In A Prince among Killers our young hero, Aron of Brailing, accepts his fate as an assassin and bonds with his Stone Guild family. While he grows into a fine specimen, Dari sees Aron only as a student and best friend, and she gives her heart to Stonebreaker. This love triangle wreaks havoc on Aron as he learns to accept Dari's decision and moves on to find another conquest, but first they must rescue her. Dari has been told time and again that she must not endanger herself to find out the fate of her twin sister, Kate. Regardless, a search is launched and mission accomplished except the world is still a battlefield. It takes the efforts of all the Stone Guild, and lives will be sacrificed to save the world. Aron must make the most difficult decision of his life: does he save his father and become an oath breaker or kill the man that loves him more than life? Not unlike Book I, Assassin's Apprentice, the number of characters overwhelm the story and make it difficult to stay up with the plot. The authors create a unique story line that shows how senseless and violent war is, especially when it tries to make enemies of a father and his son. This book is part of the "Oathbreaker" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
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Gr 7–9—Picking up where Assassin's Apprentice (Bloomsbury, 2009) left off, this story finds Aron wandering through the Deadfall of Eyrie with another apprentice as punishment for a fight. After the two teens barely escape with their lives, Aron faces more tests and struggles as he tries to come to terms with his Graal, or magical ability. After he finds Nic, Eyrie's lost heir to the throne, it is up to him and Dari, a shapeshifter, to confront their destinies and figure out how to save Eyrie from sinking into unending war. While ripe with promise, the book becomes too bogged down in world-building and description. There is much lag time between battles, and all of the complicated relationships begin to take their toll on the story's pacing, making it difficult to follow exactly what is going on. The love triangle between Aron, Dari, and Stormbreaker, Aron's master, is highly melodramatic, and Dari's switch from her relationships with the two men to loving Nic seems rushed and stilted. While there are moments of stirring beauty and fierce, magnificent battles, this story and its characters fail to engage readers fully. They will be completely lost if they haven't read Assassin's Apprentice. Give this to fans of that book.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599903767
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Series: Oathbreaker Series , #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,461,642
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

S R VAUGHT is the author of Stormwitch, Trigger, Big Fat Manifesto, and Exposed as well as the co-author of Oathbreaker: The Assassin’s Apprentice. She is a neuropsychologist working with adolescents. She lives with her family and many animals in Kentucky.

J B REDMOND is a lifelong fantasy fan who, because of cerebral palsy, used a tape recorder to tell this story, which was transcribed and added to by his co-author (and mother), S R Vaught. He lives in Kentucky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Very good

    Good book I like how Aron ended up with Dari's sister. But I hated how dari shuned Aron and Stormbreaker and just maried Nick her "SOULMATE" BS. I say the auther just wanted Aren to be with Dari's sister but what about stormbreaker

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Great

    Great book and a worthy read

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

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    AMAZING!

    J B Redmond and S R Vaught have done it again! After buying Assassin's Apprentice, I just had to buy this book. Good thing I did too! If not, I would have probably gone mad waiting for it.

    Eyrie is on the brink of war. With the heir to the throne missing, the ones in power are trying to take over.
    Aron still fights against his legacy, his power. He still struggles with the knowledge of who he is, and who he must become in order to save not only the people he cares about, but his whole world.
    Meanwhile, Dari's search for her twin sister Kate seems to yield no results, and she begins to fear the very worst: someone has captured Kate and is using her special powers to their own gain.
    Nic, the heir to the throne, has survived, but is now crippled and weak. Reluctant to assert his claim, he keeps himself hidden, within the halls of Triune, the Stone stronghold.
    These three characters must learn to work together, and be able to make hard desicions in order to save the world they love.

    Let me just say that this novel is definitely one of the best I've ever read. It literally felt as though Aron had ordered me with his legacy to not put the book down until I had finished it. This book will satisfy all sorts of fantasy lovers, whether they care for magic, adventure, or romance.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    After being harvested by the Stone and taken to the guild's stronghold (Triune), Aron Brailing has been training as an assassin's apprentice.

    The second half of the OATHBREAKER story starts out where the first left off; Aron has to face the horrors of the ruined keep and hope to make it back alive. In the midst of his training, war is breaking out among the dynasty lords and threatening to come right to the Stone Guild stronghold.

    The threat becomes real when enemies learn there is A PRINCE AMONG KILLERS. Aron has been forbidden to use his legacy upon pain of death, but if he doesn't use it, his friends might die. In addition to that impossible choice, Aron is faced with another when he draws his first stone. His choices may lead him down the path to becoming an Oathbreaker.

    As with ASSASIN'S APPRENTICE, the characters and world in A PRINCE AMONG KILLERS were compelling and thrilling. I enjoyed getting to know the characters further and the promise of exciting revelations kept me turning the pages.

    I loved reading A PRINCE AMONG KILLERS - I only wish it hadn't ended.

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