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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews Silent Oath by Paul Anthony Shortt

January 6th, 2014 by Amy Williams Comments

Silent Oath
Authour: Paul Anthony Shortt
Published: WiDo Publishing Salt Lake City Utah, 2013.
ISBN: 978-1-937178-36-9.

In the second of the Locked In trilogy, hope has returned to New York City. Nathan Shepherd leads a small band of dedicated fighters against the Council of Chains and the City’s supernatural masters. But it’s not enough. Because from the shadows of Nathan’s former lives comes an old enemy, one who knows terrible secrets that Nathan has not yet remembered , secrets that could undo everything he has fought for.

Nathan’s only chance to uncover the memories of his previous existence, and to conquer these new forces of evil, lies in Elena DeSantis. A woman he has fought beside in past lifetimes. A woman he has loved. Together, Nathan and Elena are the only future the city has.

Mr Shortt has done it again; I was hooked from the first page! Silent Oath is the second book in the Locked In trilogy and is the sequel to last year’s Locked Within. The books tell the story of Nathan Shepherd, a ‘reborn’ someone who can use his memories of previous lives to give him strength and power. In this novel, Nathan is still trying to fight the good fight, but this time not only does he have the Council of Chains watching him, but a goddess and an enemy from his past to deal with. Add to that a supernatural army trying to start a war in the city. Is it too much for Nathan to handle?

What I loved about this book was the introduction of a new, really strong female character in Elena. As well as the continuation of the excellent characterisation of the characters we know and love. This book feels like a good continuation of the first and I enjoyed seeing Nathan evolve as a person and also as a vampire killer.

I cannot wait for the next book; I kept hopelessly turning the last page hoping for more and more. The novel’s action-packed finale left me both exhilarated and exhausted. This is an interesting series well worth a read.

Four out of five nerds.




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Amy is a founding member of the psychopathic clowns and the women who love them society. From the mystical land of dragons and druids also known as Wales, she can often be found buried under a pile of books in her own personal bat cave. However her lifelong ambition is to gain entrance to Arkham Asylum either as a doctor or patient (more likely the latter). Although like her alto ego Harley Quinn she is a qualified criminologist with a penchant for homicidal personalities.