Are you ready for a Faerie civil war? A race with time to save the ones you love?
After a year blissfully hidden together in a small village on Ireland's lush green, Catherine and Bowen are ready to tie the knot. The joining of an ancient druid doctor and a woman blessed with druid magic from the sacred oak tree calls for nothing less than a traditional Celtic ceremony. For this, to connect them to their ancestors and the sacred place where they marry, a key item must be chosen for the ritual. The oathing stone.
Their need for discretion allows for only a gathering of Catherine's closest friends and family. But after the couple's first night together, strange and sudden events unfold. Blood mingles with fire, and Catherine's magic becomes unstable.
Meanwhile, the mysterious Faerie Kings send a Fae spy to witness Catherine's magic which disrupts not only her life but her best friend Bella's when she becomes his sudden obsession. Just after Bella goes missing, it is up to Catherine to get her back, but it is only the beginning of their problems as she finds they're embroiled in the middle of a Faerie civil war.
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Oathing Stone by J.Z.N. McCauley is the second book in The Rituals Trilogy. Over the past year Catherine has found solace hidden away with Bowen in a quiet Irish village. The time has finally arrived for the wedding of her dreams. As the happy couple prepares for their big day, they're still missing a key piece for their Celtic ceremony: an oathing stone to connect them to their ancestors. Her brother Danny and best friend Bella arrive to help create a day she'll always remember. It quickly turns into a day she'll never forget when Bella disappears and Bowen's life begins slipping away. To save them, Catherine makes her way into the faerie world where she's pulled into the middle of a civil war between two kings. This is a stunning sequel to J.Z.N. McCauley's Oak and Mistletoe that brings to life the mischief and malice of faeries. McCauley perfectly captures the chaos and insanity of this magical world, drawing with ease from the classic tales of faeries. After a year of being happily in love, Catherine and Bowen's special day quickly turns into chaos as they're pulled in between scheming faeries. Their peaceful lives create a juxtaposition to the danger the faeries bring. Their short-lived happily ever after is sweet and grounded, showing the strength of their relationship a year later, and is what will guide Catherine through her fight against the faeries. This gives Catherine a further look at the politics and twisted minds of the faeries, who find their fun by torturing humans. The story is told from various perspectives, which allows for a chance to see the ulterior motives of different characters that weave through Catherine and Danny's personal journeys. Catherine and Danny both struggle to save those they love by facing trials, which gives the story the feeling of a hero's journey. McCauley keeps the faeries rooted while pulling from notable fairy tales that take on a fresh spin to create a modern fairy tale. A lot of fairy tale elements are included throughout, specifically for Bella as she's not only whisked away by a sadistic faerie, but she's also placed under a spell which mixes together Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty as Bella's hair won't stop growing and she's under the threat of sinking into an eternal sleep. The Oathing Stone is a story of love and courage as Catherine and Bowen's romance is balanced out by the drama of a brewing faerie civil war and startling secrets.
I need more like yesterday... you can't finish it with a cliffhanger like that! This book was simply amazing like the previous one, I cannot wait for the final book
Another amazing read in the trilogy! The writing was EVEN BETTER THAN BEFORE! Filled to the brim with excitement, Irish myth and lore, and pure adventure. I loved the faerie realm and how it was more adherent to real folklore, showing all manner of fae being more evil than good. My heart was pumping after each chapter! I can't wait for the final book!