I’ve had the pleasure of reading some amazingly unique novels recently. But The Reckless Oath We Made deserves a spot on the list for the most unique of 2019. Ever since I read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things I couldn’t wait to see what the author would come up with next. Now, three years later I have my answer. The Reckless Oath We Made – Bryn Greenwood was equally unique, and thought provoking but also very different to the success novel from 2016.
The Reckless Oath We Made
by Bryn Greenwood
A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and the unlikeliest of champions, from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.
Zee is nobody’s fairy tale princess. Almost six-foot, with a redhead’s temper and a shattered hip, she has a long list of worries: never-ending bills, her beautiful, gullible sister, her five-year-old nephew, her housebound mother, and her drug-dealing boss.
Zee may not be a princess, but Gentry is an actual knight, complete with sword, armor, and a code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears called him to be Zee’s champion. Both shy and autistic, he’s barely spoken to her since, but he has kept watch, ready to come to her aid.
When an abduction tears Zee’s family apart, she turns to the last person she ever imagined–Gentry–and sets in motion a chain of events that will not only change both of their lives, but bind them to one another forever.
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.
The story covers topics like hoarding, which honestly fascinates but also creeps me out, mental illness, and complicated family dynamics. Surprisingly it also was about living during the Renaissance period. Which really caught me unprepared but is something I rather enjoy reading about.
I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant about picking up this book. After so many years of adoring ATUAWT I didn’t know what to expect, nor what I actually hoped for, and I was definitely worried to be disappointed.
Fortunately it all was unfounded. I was enthralled from the very minute I opened the book.
Here are the thoughts that even days later are as fresh on my mind as the day I finished the book.
Gentry is one of the most unique characters I ever read about. Like Eleanor and Don, he struggles with society and has to carve out his own special place. It’s bittersweet to see the love and support Gentry gets, but also that in private most people don’t always accept him 100% like Zee did.
Family can suck!! The saying ‘blood is thicker than water’ stands, but it’s also noteworthy that blood can bring families down. Both Zee and Gentry had some bad apples to live with. And in Zee’s case, it would have been better to just let them be.
I loved the combination of Zee and Gentry.
They clicked in an interesting way. I also loved how the author portrayed Zee. Unapologetically real, authentic and flawed. Zee, as Gentry, were the highlights in this book. Although I didn’t approve every decision Zee took, in the end she was exactly the person she was supposed to be. True to herself.
I really enjoyed the Renaissance aspect of the story, not only Gentry in all his knightly glory, but also all the other characters, and the way they were enjoying this particular period of time. The depth of the story and also its direction was rather unexpected. In a good way – I love anything unique.
The only reason why I’m not giving this book more stars is that it took actual work for me to get to through the OLD english part of the sotry. I’m really intrigued by the possibility of the audiobook. I might have to check it out just to hear the narrator speak it.
So, if you want to read something unique, different, captivating, and thought provoking – this is your book!!!
The Reckless Oath We Made – Bryn Greenwood